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Ethnic Rhinoplasty: Three Tips for Successfully Communicating with Your Surgeon

Surely you’ve seen the disastrous effects of ethnic rhinoplasty gone wrong. Gorgeous ethnic faces with noses that don’t match, nasal bridges that are too thin and “barely-there” noses are just a few of the things that can go wrong for non-Caucasian rhinoplasty patients. That doesn’t mean you’re doomed to a life with a nose you don’t love. Successful ethnic rhinoplasty is possible. The key is choosing the right surgeon and communicating and discussing your surgical goals with them.

The Importance of the Right Surgeon

Ethnic rhinoplasty isn’t the same as a traditional rhinoplasty. Patients of Middle Eastern and Hispanic, African, East Asian heritage often have different nasal structures than Caucasian patients. This doesn’t mean that rhinoplasty shouldn’t be performed, but rather, that a different skillset is needed by the surgeon. Ethnic patients need a surgeon that is skilled in working with non-Caucasian noses who has a deep understanding of facial anatomy to create a beautiful nose that is complementary to the other features on their face.

Finding that right surgeon can be difficult. Look for someone with extensive training in both plastic surgery and facial anatomy. Choose a surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasties, especially ethnic rhinoplasty. If you’re in the Southern California area (or able to get there), Dr. Sajjadian is an award winning,  triple board-certified plastic surgeon (board certified from the American Board of Plastic Surgery, the American Board of Otolaryngology, and the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery) with a passion for ethnic rhinoplasty. He has written articles and book chapters and has given many talks in major scientific meeting on the topic of Rhinoplasty. Contact his offices today and schedule your consultation.

Communication is Key

Getting the best possible results requires careful communication between you and your surgeon. Try these tips:

  • Bring Photos: Photos are excellent way to visually show your surgeon noses you like. Focus on ethnic noses, not Caucasian ones. Bring lots of options and be ready to discuss these photos with your surgeon. Photos of ethnic noses you dislike may also be helpful.
  • Listen: Your surgeon should have a great deal of expertise working on ethnic rhinoplasties. Ask questions, but also come ready to listen. It is important to communicate your desires and wishes but also consider asking your surgeon for advice and listen to their ideas. The best consultations involve two-way communication between BOTH surgeon and patient.

Don’t let a few bad ethnic nose jobs scare you away from the rhinoplasty results of your dreams. By choosing a surgeon skilled in ethnic rhinoplasty and by communicating your goals with them, you can achieve a nose you love.