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Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic rhinoplasty allows the patient to improve their nose while remaining connected to their ethnic background and their identity. The procedure allows the patient to subtly adjust the shape and/or size of their nose without altering their ethnic features. Dr. Solieman and Dr. Litner have worked with numerous patients from different ethnic backgrounds to help them achieve their aesthetic goals without losing their ethnic identity.

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Achieving Definition With Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills

Written by Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman 12/10/19

Skin quality and thickness are two of the most important factors in determining the final results of rhinoplasty surgery. However, these factors can also be the hardest to predict. When we perform rhinoplasty, most of what we do involves altering the cartilage and bone that make up the nasal skeleton. We shape the cartilage and bone in many ways to take on the new desired contour.

During the healing period after surgery, the skin and soft tissue that lays over the nasal skeleton must contract inwards and ‘shrink wrap’ onto this altered framework for the desired changes to become noticeable. That is why you do not see much definition for weeks or even months after surgery while the skin and soft tissue are swollen.

Most people have moderately thick skin. The thinner your skin, the faster and better it will contract. Therefore, if you have very thin skin, over time you can expect to achieve stronger definition. However, while thin skin will allow for a high degree of refinement, any tiny irregularities or asymmetries may also show through. This can be especially true if you have thin skin and very strong prominent cartilage underneath. You can recognize this in someone whose entire tip cartilage outline can be seen easily through the skin. For patients with thin skin, we may recommend using a layer of material such as fascia or acellular dermis (Alloderm) during surgery as a thin cover and concealer to help smoothen out your final look.

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Excessive nasal width can cause the nose to dominate other fine, delicate facial features. In ethnic rhinoplasty, the key to obtaining a more refined nose is to create a nasal framework upon which the skin will wrap around. This young Persian woman wanted to reduce her nasal width and the fullness in her tip. She also had the sense that her tip was downturned. These six-month photos show significant improvements in achieving these goals and her nose will only get better over time.

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The Iranian, Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern Rhinoplasty

Oftentimes, Drs. Solieman and Litner find that their Iranian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean patients have an overall larger nose, with either a straight bridge or a large hump. In these patients, the nasal tip is also typically large. Sometimes, Iranian and Middle Eastern patients have noses that are generally more droopy and lacking in adequate tip support compared to the average Caucasian nose. These noses require a different approach to achieve the beautiful results patients are looking for.

Drs. Solieman and Litner will discuss the importance of skin thickness and impress upon you the benefits and difficulties that arise due to the heavy, thick skin often found in patients of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern descent. Additionally, they will tell you why they are able to achieve the natural, beautiful nose you want without causing the scooped out or pinched look that is all too frequently seen.

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African-American Rhinoplasty

Over the years, we have found that many of our African American patients who present for rhinoplasty feel that their nose is too wide, “too big,” and undefined for their faces. Therefore, one can imagine that there is often some confusion when we explain that augmentation rhinoplasty is often needed in order to make their noses look smaller.

Another way of understanding this is to see that in order to correct a nose that is too wide and too short, it is important to build up and add to the tip structure in order to not only provide adequate support but also to give lasting tip definition and refinement. The result is a thinner-looking, more refined nose.

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Read our blog post: I am African American and am considering rhinoplasty. Is your rhinoplasty technique different for me?.

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Asian Rhinoplasty

A low nasal bridge is probably the most common surgical indication for rhinoplasty in our Asian patients. However, unlike many other surgeons who use unnatural silicone implants, we utilize your own natural cartilage to build up the bridge and give the tip more meaningful definition. The result is a natural look that lasts.

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Hispanic Rhinoplasty

As would be expected with any ethnic population, we have found that there is a continuum of nasal features in our Hispanic patients instead of distinct types. Rather than trying to categorize various subgroups, at Beverly Hills PROFILES we focus on your individual characteristics and goals. In general, we have found that our Hispanic patients’ facial and nasal characteristics can be differentiated from our Caucasian patients in the following ways:

  • Broader faces, commonly with prominent cheekbones and a relatively small nose
  • A slightly small chin
  • A nasal hump
  • Wider nostrils
  • Wider and lower nasal bridge
  • Moderately thick, sebaceous skin

It is important to work with surgeons who will take the time to understand what you are trying to achieve and who are comfortable dealing with different ethnic populations. We take these differences in anatomic and structural components into consideration when planning your surgery and explaining what can be accomplished.

During your consultation, we will work together to define what your aesthetic goals are using computer imaging. Based on your desires and your individual anatomy, we will then devise a surgical plan which is best suited to achieve your individual goals. For more information, we recommend you go to our Modern Rhinoplasty ebook to read further on the subject.

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Potential Risks and Temporary Side-Effects of Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic rhinoplasty surgery allows patients to improve their appearance while maintaining a strong connection to their ethnic background. However, there are potential risks and temporary side-effects you should be aware of before surgery. These include:

  • Risks related to anesthesia
  • Septal perforation
  • Temporary swelling and discomfort
  • Difficulties breathing
  • Small chance of infection

At PROFILES, our team of ethnic rhinoplasty experts evaluates each patient and takes steps to shorten the recovery period as much as possible. Drs. Litner and Solieman, double board-certified ethnic nose job surgeons, have performed rhinoplasty surgeries on many patients that come from different backgrounds. If you want to learn more about working with Drs. Litner and Solieman, contact Beverly Hills PROFILES and book a consultation today.

FAQs

  • What is an ethnic nose?

    Ethnic noses have specific characteristics or features that can be attributed to a particular race or ethnic group. Moreover, the term is used to describe non-Caucasian noses, so it usually refers to a person from Asian, Afro American, Middle-Eastern, or other backgrounds.

  • What is ethnic rhinoplasty?

    An ethnic nose job or rhinoplasty is a procedure that creates a natural appearance for non-Caucasian noses. Drs. Litner and Solieman have worked with patients from different ethnic backgrounds for years. This is one of the reasons why patients from all over the world come to PROFILES for ethnic rhinoplasty.

  • How much does ethnic rhinoplasty cost?

    The cost of an ethnic rhinoplasty will vary depending on your location, the surgeons’ skill level, and the complexity of the procedure. Patients looking for an accurate estimate should consult with double board-certified ethnic rhinoplasty surgeons to get an accurate estimate.

  • Can a nose job make your nose less wide?

    If performed by the right surgeons, rhinoplasty surgery can reduce the width of your nostrils and the nasal bridge. However, you need to work with a double board-certified surgeon that can also set realistic expectations for your operation.

  • Does a nose job last forever?

    While recovery may last up to a year, the results obtained from a nose job are typically permanent. With this in mind, patients that are not satisfied with the outcome of their rhinoplasty can always opt for revision surgery to improve the appearance of their nose.

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