What is an Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

ethnic rhinoplastyIn nature, beauty comes in many forms, the same applies to the human face. Whether Asian, African, Jamaican or Caucasian, all ethnicities have unique characteristics. The goal of an ethnic rhinoplasty is to resolve nasal issues, cosmetic and functional, without removing the uniqueness of the patient . A true surgical artist knows how to mold the patient into a better version of themselves.

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a a nasal surgery that focuses on surgically altering the nose without diminishing a patient’s ethnic characteristics. The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty, as with all nasal surgery, is to create a symmetrical, aesthetically pleasing nose that suits each patient’s face.

Dr. Nassif and his associate Dr. Don Yoo have worked with patients of all ethnicities. Both surgeons have perfected surgical techniques that allow careful refinement to the nasal anatomy necessary in ethnic rhinoplasty. Fixing functional and cosmetic issues, without taking away individuality.

Take look at Dr. Nassif’s impressive ethnic nose job before and after pictures

Watch Dr. Paul Nassif discuss ethic rhinoplasty procedures.

The Ethnicity of a Nose

Ethnic rhinoplasty takes into account the specific internal and external features of each patient’s nose. Ethnic noses may require significant alteration of the internal structures in order to change the external appearance. African American, Hispanic, and Asian patients often have rounder, less protrusive nasal tips they may wish to extend. The base of the nose and nostrils may appear wide. Specialized techniques include plastic surgery to change the shape of bone and cartilage inside the nose, grafting cartilage from elsewhere on the body to extend the nasal tip, and narrowing of the nostrils. Significant internal changes like these will have an impact on the function of the nose. Therefore, great care is taken to maintain optimal breathing function and open airways. In addition to reshaping the nose, rhinoplasty can correct any obstructions or abnormalities of the nose.

Specialization and experience with the anatomy and shape of noses from all ethnicities is essential to achieve results that suit each patient’s face. Every nose is different. A cookie-cutter approach will not yield pleasing results for every patient. Individualized assessment and a surgery plan tailored to each patient are the basis of any successful surgery.

Learn More About the Specific Ethnic Characteristics

Hispanic Rhinoplasty
Asian Rhinoplasty
African American Rhinoplasty
Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty

Common Rhinoplasty Goals

Below is a list of common rhinoplasty goals. Specific goals and outcomes will vary from patient to patient.

  • Bridge: Moderately Thinner
  • Dorsum: Higher (Augmented)
  • Tip: Refined, Increased Projection, Increased Rotation
  • Base: Vertical-Oblique Nostrils & Triangular Nasal Base
  • Columella: Increased Columellar Show & Length
  • Nasolabial Junction: Obtuse Nasolabial Angle (> 90 degrees)
  • Maxilla: Less Retrusive
  • Skin-Soft Tissue Envelope: Moderate Thickness that Provides Good Tip Definition