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Ethnic Rhinoplasty is Not About Hiding Your Heritage

In aesthetic medicine, we often discuss ethnic rhinoplasty gone wrong, with patients overdoing it by getting a nose which does not fit their face. Let’s face it; we are born with a certain appearance and the best way to improve it is to avoid altering its genetic heritage, but rather embrace and enhance it.

We should work with what we have, not restructure our facial appearance by trying to look like somebody we are not. It’s best to have a full understanding of harmony in every face type and sometimes only a subtle change will transform us into the stunningly beautiful person we want to be.

This article is designed to disclose to you when ethnic uniqueness is preserved, and we take the overall aesthetics of the face into consideration during rhinoplasty, you can attain the most beautiful facial appearance possible.

Your Nose is Where Your Beauty Starts

Your nose is the largest focal point of the face and is a huge influence in your unique facial appearance. Also, your nose features noticeable traits which directly reflect your ethnic heritage.

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a specific version of rhinoplasty surgery where Dr. Sajjadian emphasizes enhancing the beauty of your nose while maintaining your natural ethnic features. The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is not to westernize your nose, for that would make it look unnatural, but to focus on using its ethnic features to enhance your facial appearance and help you achieve a sense of self-love and appreciation.

An interesting aspect of ethnic rhinoplasty is it’s difficult; noses of diverse ethnicities can have traits making the procedure complicated.

Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty

Patients of Middle Eastern descent tend to have large, prominent noses with discreet wide nostrils and a descending nasal tip. Middle Eastern noses often feature a large hump with extra skin and tissue which can make the nose appear bulbous.

The primary focus of Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty is to elevate the tip of the nose while decreasing its size. This combination is accomplished by removing the excess skin and tissue from the nose and using a graft to lift the tip.

Hispanic Rhinoplasty

The noses of Hispanic patients have a thicker skin envelope with a softer cartilage structure, a wider nasal bridge, and a less prominent profile. In comparison to other rhinoplasty surgeries, the thicker skin makes for a more challenging procedure in which it can cover up any changes to the underlying structure. The softer cartilage limits how your surgeon can perform details into the transformation.

Hispanic Rhinoplasty features a narrowing of the nose and nostril while reshaping the tip. Often cartilage grafts are used to supply support for the shaping of the nose and providing structure to the tip. The procedure can smooth over any bump on the bridge as well.

Asian Rhinoplasty

Asian noses share a lot of characteristics with their Caucasian counterpart but are often smaller and shorter with wider nostrils and tip, frail cartilage, and a flat bridge.

Unlike rhinoplasty in other ethnicities, many Asian rhinoplasty surgeries involve an increase, precisely building up the nose volume to making it have a more prominent presence. Dr. Sajjadian could use implants or cartilage taken from the ears or ribs. He would mold the implant or cartilage for a tight fit. A high level of skill and experience is necessary for reshaping the nasal tips and nostrils to match the new found high profile.

African American Rhinoplasty

African American noses have a comparably high amount of fatty tissue and thicker skin. The nasal bones are often shorter, and the bridge of the nose may be wide, low, and flat. A common complaint among African Americans is about the width of the nostrils which can stretch during smiling.

Rhinoplasty may feature a narrowing of the nose bridge while harvested cartilage to enhance the profile. Tip refinement and narrowing the nostrils is also a common procedure. The removal of excess fatty tissue is often necessary to provide a definition.

Caucasian Rhinoplasty

While we don’t include Caucasians in most conversations involving ethnic rhinoplasty, the fact is, like other races, many Caucasians share certain nasal characteristics which may need consideration when performing rhinoplasty.

One challenge faced by plastic surgeons when treating Caucasian patients is they usually have very thin nasal skin. This issue can make it difficult if the patient wants to augment the nasal tip or bridge, because any grafts used to achieve this result may show through the skin. As a result, the surgeon must take special precautions to disguise the grafts.

Everybody’s Nose is Unique

Contingent on your ethnic background, your nose may look much different from another person’s nose. While people of the same heritage don’t always have identical noses and there is a lot of room for variation within a culture, ethnic noses do share some commonality.

However, everyone’s nose is as unique as the person who owns it. The success of Ethnic Rhinoplasty is to enhance the character and beauty of the individual’s appearance, not to change the ethnic look one might inherit. From Caucasian to Middle Easterner, all rhinoplasty procedures have their unique challenges with the goal of giving self-appreciation and self-esteem to the individual patient.

Dr. Sajjadian

Historically, there was a time when plastic surgeons performed rhinoplasties following a limited set of desired outcomes, with an emphasis on the so-called western nose model. It is a good thing for that practice to be largely in the past.

Newport Beach plastic surgeon, Dr. Sajjadian, is experienced in ethnic rhinoplasty procedures. He sculpts the nose to attain a beautiful facial balance and improve his patient’s natural beauty. Dr. Sajjadian also strives to make a subtle change resulting in a natural outcome. Under his care, ethnic patients achieve balanced facial features and feel more confident with their aesthetic improvement.

Ethnic rhinoplasty is not like any traditional rhinoplasty because it requires special attention to the unique nasal structures of the patient’s facial features. Many African-American, Hispanic, and Asian patients will travel long distances to undergo ethnic rhinoplasty with an experienced surgeon who claims the procedure as a specialty. Dr. Sajjadian is such a surgeon who produces results which improve the overall harmony of his patient’s face. He takes pride in his work because many of his rhinoplasty patients claim no one realizes they had nose surgery.

If you would like more information, please call our Newport Beach office at 949-515-0550, or Contact Us today to set up your consultation.