Cosmetic Surgery Rhinoplasty Ethnic Nose Procedure

Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery or as a nose job, is one of the five most popular cosmetic plastic surgery procedures performed in the United States. Rhinoplasty can alter virtually any aspect of a person’s nose.

Sometimes, people from certain ethnic groups have nose characteristics that they wish to alter with a rhinoplasty procedure. Some people, however, want a nose job but still want to retain their noses’ ethnic characteristics. In cases where people want to have a rhinoplasty procedure but still want to retain the ethnic characteristics of their noses, the procedure is referred to as an ethnic rhinoplasty.

Good Candidates for Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Good candidates for ethnic rhinoplasty are those who desire to have nose surgery but who want to retain nose characteristics that are similar to those of their ethnic group.

Those considering ethnic rhinoplasty, or any type of cosmetic plastic surgery, should be in good health and should be mentally stable and balanced. Rhinoplasty patients sometimes experience depression after surgery because results generally take a while to be fully observable. In addition, the recovery period can be quite taxing and can contribute to depression.

The most common ethnic groups that seek ethnic rhinoplasty are:

  • African-Americans: African-Americans typically have thicker nasal skin, short nasal bones and a wide and thick nose base.
  • Asian-Americans: Asian-Americans typically have heavy and thick nose skin as well as a low, wide and flat nasal bridge and a wide and thick nose base.
  • Hispanic-Americans: Hispanic-Americans typically have a wide nasal bridge and a wide and thick nose base.

However, this list is not all-inclusive. Many other ethnicities seek to have rhinoplasty procedures that will maintain their ethnic characteristics. Additionally, not all people of these ethnicities will have the characteristics that are common to their ethnicities.

Planning an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Procedure

Patients should begin planning an ethnic rhinoplasty procedure by finding an experienced plastic surgeon. Recommendations are a great way to start. Your local hospital, your doctor or your state medical board can recommend plastic surgeons. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons can also recommend plastic surgeons in your area.

Your plastic surgeon should have experience with your particular rhinoplasty procedure and with ethnic rhinoplasty procedures in general.

Your plastic surgeon should be able to explain the procedure to you in a way that you understand and should make sure that you have reasonable expectations for your ethnic rhinoplasty procedure.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty: The Procedure and Results

Ethnic rhinoplasty procedures are much like regular rhinoplasty procedures, but they do have a few subtle differences. Because many ethnic groups have flat noses, extra cartilage is often grafted to the bones to shape the tip of the nose.

Sometimes, up to three incisions will be made to narrow the base of wider noses. In some cases, bumps may also be removed and smoothed.

Patients of ethnic rhinoplasty most often have successful surgery outcomes. Ethnic rhinoplasty can subtly increase the height or width of a nose, change the shape of the nose tip or alter any other aspect of the nose.


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