Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is the most commonly performed facial procedure in plastic surgery. Recent statistics indicate that more than twenty percent of those procedures are performed on ethnic minorities. With ethnic rhinoplasty, our doctor endeavors to enhance the appearance of the patient’s nose without erasing specific ethnic facial traits. While every nose surgery requires both technical and artistic skills, working with ethnicities goes a step further as the doctor must also respect and maintain the patient’s heritage.
How is nose surgery performed on an Asian patient?
The goals of nose surgery for Asians are the same as other patients — to improve the appearance and proportion of your nose, enhance facial harmony, and boost your self-confidence. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural issues of the nose. Incision lines are carefully hidden inside the nose or across the columella (which separates the nostrils). Through the incision, the soft tissues that cover the nose are gently raised, allowing our Doctor to reshape the nose’s structure.
What benefits can an Asian expect from nose surgery?
While it is impractical, and somewhat culturally insensitive, to try to characterize the features of a given ethnic group, several nasal and facial similarities are commonly associated with Asian people. During your consultation with our doctor, you may discuss options such as sculpting the slope of the nose and/or extending it slightly from the face. The doctor may also suggest a tip rotation to enhance the nose’s projection. This combination generally provides patients with a stronger, more defined nose while maintaining their Asian identity.
As an Asian, am I a good candidate for nose surgery?
The criteria for rhinoplasty are the same for all patients. The procedure may be performed any time after facial growth has been completed (generally age 16-17). You are a good candidate for nose surgery if:
• You are physically healthy and a non-smoker
• You have specific but realistic goals in mind for the procedure
Asian rhinoplasty requires a high degree of understanding and care for a new nose to look natural and remain compatible with the patient’s face. Our Doctors recognize the intricacies of ethnic identity and can improve the appearance of your nose while maintaining Asian facial traits.