Asians and Caucasians often have, among many other differences characteristic of each race, dissimilar noses. The historical significance of the differences in this feature is tied to the regions in which each ancestry originated. The Asian race began in warmer climates with high levels of humidity while Caucasian ancestry traces people back to colder regions of the world with dry air. The nose is designed to not only filter particles from the air that should not reach the lungs, but it also warms the air intake while simultaneously adding moisture to it. The Asian nose evolved in a way that was conducive to the climate in the Eastern region of the world. It was not essential for this feature to warm or humidify air that already possessed both of these characteristics; however, Caucasian noses had a larger job to perform, thus the inherited larger size.
Over roughly the past 50,000 years, human genetics have not changed in any significant way. Specific features that at one time had historical significance to the survival of one race in the area of the world in which the group originated, may now hold little physical value for a person. Through advances in transportation, people are now able to live in areas of the Earth their genetic design was not intended for. With these moves came a shift in ideals; more specific to the world of plastic surgery are the notions behind beauty and what equates to attractive features.
Anatomical Differences in Asian and Caucasian Noses
The bridge of the Asian nose tends to be flatter and wider than those found in the Western world. Typically, the nostrils are also rounder and wider. Compared to the Caucasian nose, Asian noses are less projected and shorter in length. The skin of each race’s nose also differs as Asians tend to have thicker skin. Dr. Nassif is a highly skilled plastic surgeon who understands how these anatomical variations create the need for unique surgical techniques.
Altering the Features of the Nose
Aside from blepharoplasty or Asian eyelid surgery, Asian rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly requested plastic surgeries. Sometimes these patients see Western world noses as more aesthetically pleasing and seek differentiation from the common features of other Asians, while other times they’re simply looking to improve upon their nose yet still retain their sense of ethnic identity.
Cosmetic changes created during a nose surgery for Asian patients often begin with the bridge. In order to add height and create a narrowing effect, an implant, grafted tissues, or a diced cartilage graft can alter the shape of this portion of the nose. Next, the tip may require reformation and tissue addition or removal to form a different angle to the lips or refine a bulbous appearance. Finally, the nostrils may be reshaped to address a large or flared appearance.
There are a number of ways Dr. Nassif can surgically change the shape of the nose to meet the patient’s desired aesthetic preferences. The best way to discuss the possibilities of Asian rhinoplasty is through a doctor-patient consultation at Dr. Nassif’s Beverly Hills, CA office by calling 310-275-2467. If a potential patient lives out of town, they can call toll free at number (888) 385-0066. It may be most convenient for non-local clients to e-mail pictures of his or her nose and then discuss surgical options via a Skype meeting or Virtual Consultation – Contact Dr. Nassif today!