It is essential that facial plastic surgeons, specifically those specializing in rhinoplasty, both understand and respect the anatomical differences among their ethnic patients. The U.S. has experienced a growing trend in Asian rhinoplasty, so it is important to recognize the unique surgical approaches for maintaining one’s natural look and preserving Asian ethnicity in our westernized culture.
The goal of most surgeons and patients alike is to create facial harmony and overall balance, not necessarily achieve a Caucasian looking nose. As well, this means that the Asian rhinoplasty patient considers how anatomical differences will dictate realistic surgical outcomes.
Common characteristics of the Asian nose:
- Low, flat and broad nasal bridge
- Short nose length
- Wide dorsum
- Depressed radix, or flat nasal tip
- Wide base with flaring nostrils
- Retracted nasolabial junction
- Thick skin with fibro fatty tissue
- Weak underlying nasal cartilage
- Excess sebaceous glands
These features are typical in most Asian or Oriental groups; therefore a common goal of Asian rhinoplasty is to create a more prominent nose with a defined spine and sharper nasal tip. Silicone implants can be used to augment the nasal tip and/or wider nostrils can be refined using alar reduction techniques. Because the Asian nose cannot be surgically manipulated in the same way as the Caucasian nose, doctors have perfected cartilage transferal techniques where cartilage from the nasal septum, or the ear in some cases, is used to provide stronger reinforcement to achieve the look of a projected nasal tip. However, a successful Asian rhinoplasty should aim to enhance the individual’s face by adding a proportional depth and dimension, not dramatically altering his or her appearance.
In contrast, Caucasian rhinoplasty generally seeks to make the nose smaller and/or refine certain undesirable features. The structural variations of the Caucasian nose frequently call for reduction of a nasal hump and/or refinement of the nasal tip.
Common characteristics of the Caucasian nose:
- Narrow, prominent nasal bridge
- Long, narrow nasal length and/or bony projection
- Projected and/or bulbous nasal tip
- Slim nostrils
- Thin nasal skin
- Firm nasal cartilage
It is important to keep in mind that while desirable aesthetic achievement is the primary goal of the Asian rhinoplasty patient, the performing surgeon must ensure proper nasal functionality after the surgery. If you are Asian and considering a nose job, it is important to consult a skilled plastic surgeon that understands your personal needs. An experienced surgeon should not immediately suggest and/or utilize Caucasian rhinoplasty techniques in Asian patients. Dr. Paul S. Nassif of Beverly Hills, CA, is an internationally known Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist. He possesses the expert skill necessary to create natural-looking, beautiful results. Dr. Nassif also treats patients around the world to correct challenging rhinoplasty cases. He advocates for the many benefits of cosmetic surgery and emphasizes the importance of patient awareness. His Beverly Hills office offers private consultations, or online Skype consultations.
To learn more about Asian Rhinoplasty, please visit Dr. Nassif online at http://www.theasianrhinoplastyspecialist.com/ or call (310) 904-6999 to schedule an appointment.