A rhinoplasty is more commonly known as a “nose job,” and it is used to improve the shape, size or contours of the nose. For years, rhinoplasties were performed with one ideal nose shape, and that was the shape of the Caucasian nose. Sadly, nothing was done to take into account the ethnic heritage of people who did not have Caucasian ancestry.
However, many cosmetic surgeons have since recognized the importance of focusing on different nose shapes for different backgrounds. For example, African American individuals have a certain shape of nose that is desirable, and this shape is entirely different from the shape of the ideal Middle Eastern, Asian or Hispanic nose. When surgeons seek to treat each patient as an individual with a specific ethnic heritage, patients are much more satisfied with their results.
Understanding the Intricacies of Ethnic Rhinoplasty Techniques
While ethnic rhinoplasties use many of the same surgical techniques, the results compared to traditional rhinoplasties are certainly different. For example, with a Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, the focus is often on defining the nasal tip and strengthening the look of the nasal base. An experienced surgeon is needed to work with the thicker nasal skin found in this people group.
An Asian rhinoplasty typically requires defining the nasal tip, making the nostrils appear narrower and making the bridge of the nose longer. Grafting is often used.
In African American rhinoplasties, patients often wish to have the nasal bridge heightened, the nostrils narrowed and the base of the nose narrowed. Many African Americans find that their breathing improves following a rhinoplasty due to the heightened nasal bridge.
Hispanic rhinoplasties are often the most varied because these individuals have an amazingly diverse set of nasal shapes. However, many Latinos wish to have their nostrils narrowed and want to have the tip of the nose narrowed. Dorsal humps on the bridge of the nose are another characteristic with many in this ethnic group.