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How Can Ethnic Rhinoplasty Enhance Your Nasal Profile?

Posted August 17, 2020 in Rhinoplasty

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Ethnic rhinoplasty is a specialty that matches ethnic desires and cultural beauty standards to help patients continue to look like themselves while simultaneously enhancing their best features. Latin, African, Asian, and Middle-Eastern noses have variations in size, shape, and projection that should be accounted for when performing rhinoplasty; otherwise, the surgeon performing the treatment risks having their patients look unnatural or dissimilar to their cultural background. Many patients who wish to have rhinoplasty but fear this may happen to them should seek a plastic surgeon with experience performing rhinoplasty on patients of all backgrounds. Here are some essential points to look for when seeking ethnic rhinoplasty. 

Anatomy Informed by Culture, Technique Designed for You

The concerns patients usually have regarding their nose usually stem from various unreconciled differences from their natural nose shape and the nose shape of their dominant culture. 

In this way, ethnic rhinoplasty demands that the surgeon be informed of the unique differences between ethnic people of the world and understand each patient’s beauty standards in relation to the modern standards in our society. This is because current societal standards may hurt how a patient views themselves. 

With each population, there are a plethora of differences that make the human nose special. For example, African American rhinoplasty concerns usually involve the width of the nostrils, round nasal tips, or a lack of a pronounced bridge. Meanwhile, Asian rhinoplasty is typically concerned with modifying a low and wide nasal bridge, a short and upturned nasal tip, poor nasal projection, and moderately thick skin

To make things even more complicated, each population has individuals who want different degrees of modification to their distinct cultural details. Some patients want subtle changes, while others want more drastic developments. This leads us to our second point. 

Conservative Approaches According to the Patient’s Needs 

The right plastic surgeon for your ethnic rhinoplasty should have values and technical philosophies that align with keeping your rhinoplasty results invisible and visible. 

What does this mean exactly? 

The nose is like a complex puzzle that requires everything to fit perfectly in place. Rhinoplasty takes this puzzle and rearranges and recreates it in a seamless fashion that should appear as if nothing was done to the original pieces. In other words, an enhanced aesthetic doesn’t always have to appear dramatic. Even the subtlest of changes can foster a powerful transformation, often creating significant differences in the silhouette of the nose. 

Before and after image showing the results of a rhinoplasty performed in Miami.

Popular culture has prompted many celebrities to seek rhinoplasty; unfortunately, we’ve seen many of these Hollywood stars go too far in the shaving of the nasal bridge or carving of a pointed tip. Not only is the aesthetic unnatural and extremely telling, but it also leaves the nose more vulnerable to structural harm. This is all the more reason to seek a surgeon who takes a conservative approach to your nose. More cartilage can always be removed later, whereas adding cartilage is much more challenging to facilitate.  

Comprehensive Approach to the Face

The nose is not only at the center of the face but centers the face, meaning it takes all of the face’s unique features and brings them together in a balanced fashion. A successful rhinoplasty cannot be performed without a clear understanding of the face’s anatomy in relation to each of its individual parts. Rhinoplasty is a procedure that focuses on the nose and nasal passageways; one will be hard-pressed to find a procedure that plays a more important role in the overall composition of the face

Therefore, your plastic surgeon should focus on the patient’s overall appearance in conjunction with their unique cultural beauty standards, not just the nose. 

Interested in Learning More About Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

There has never been a better time for nose surgery. As more and more of us begin to work remotely, recovery from rhinoplasty will now be significantly easier from the comfort of home. 

To learn more about rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty techniques, schedule a consultation today with Dr. Durand at Careaga Plastic Surgery by calling (305) 574-9262 or filling out this form.

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