Life in the Western world has influenced many other parts of our planet. Not only do people of varying regions become familiarized with attitudes and foods of our culture, styles of dress and aesthetic ideals are also learned and adopted. In the world of plastic surgery, the Western ideal for facial beauty has become popular, a fact that is often seen when it comes to Asian rhinoplasty surgery.
The Asian nose tends to have a lower bridge, wider nostrils, and is smaller in size than noses present in other ethnicities. It may also be slightly wider than noses found in the West, predominantly in those of Caucasians. Asian patients who come to Dr. Nassif for cosmetic changes may seek a more defined profile with a slight increase of this feature from the face, while creating a narrower overall nose. Commonly, a more angular look is requested. The goal should not be to create changes to an Asian patient so their features more closely resemble a Caucasian face, but rather to refine the appearance of the nose while still retaining their sense of ethnicity. The main difference between an Asian and Caucasian rhinoplasty is that Asians typically look to increase the prominence of the nose, while Caucasians are often looking to reduce the nose.
One of the main changes applied to the nose in a cosmetic Asian nose surgery is raising the nasal bridge. The bridge is the portion of the nose that begins below the middle area of the brows and ends where the nasal tip begins. It tends to be flatter in those of Asian descent. Raising the bridge can be accomplished using existing cartilage donated by the patient. Cartilage can be removed from the patient’s own septum, ears, or ribs for use in the nose. Other sources of sterilized, implanted cartilage can also build up the desired height of the nose. This form of the surgery inherently carries a higher risk of complications such as rejection or infection of the tissue. In addition to these options, a surgical implant can help to restructure the nasal bridge. This technique is more commonly utilized in Asian countries, and less so in the Western world because the implant can shift or cause a localized infection.
A less common option utilized to raise a low nasal bridge is the use of cosmetic tissue-plumping injections to create the desired changes. Fillers will provide temporary changes that may last up to a year, and sometimes longer. This option best suits patients who wish to alter their looks, but cannot yet commit to a surgery. Initially, cosmetic injections are less expensive than rhinoplasty surgery, but because of the nature of the treatment injections must be repeated. Over time, this option could become more costly.
Dr. Paul S. Nassif is an internationally recognized plastic surgeon with extensive experience in ethnic rhinoplasty, making him an ideal choice for patients from various backgrounds. Considered a specialist in Asian rhinoplasty and hailed as an expert in revision rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Nassif is highly skilled in performing this surgery. Contact the doctor’s Beverly Hills plastic surgery office at (310) 275-2467 or through the Patient Contact Form.