There are many similarities in the appearance of the nose among those of Asian ethnicity, and a main similarity includes a rounded or bulbous nasal tip. Some feel that slight variation in the tip of the nose would add interest to the face, while creating definition to the end of the nose. Though this is a possible correction, the thick skin of the nose in Asian patients can require additional steps during the Asian rhinoplasty procedure.
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One objective in Asian rhinoplasty is to elongate the tip of the nose so that it lies further away from the face. During surgery, the projection of the nose from a side or profile view is increased which can also add definition to the nasal tip and even make the nose appear narrower when viewed straight on. The nose that was once short and broad can be transformed to a longer, leaner version of the feature.
The Postoperative Course in Asian Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is a common, yet complicated surgery. Even a skilled facial plastic surgeon such as Dr. Nassif cannot always predict the ways in which the nose will heal. During an Asian rhinoplasty, the nose is often altered in similar ways as other ethnic patients. In comparison with a typical Caucasian rhinoplasty, the Asian nose is often increased in prominence during surgery rather than reduced in size. This is often achieved by adding some material to the Asian patient’s nose, while Caucasians and other patients commonly require tissues to be removed so the nose can be refined in size and shape.
Asian rhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure that caters to a specific set of individuals with specific facial anatomies. Due to geographic location or origin, Asian patients have unique structures and features. Most notable are the eyes and nose which, perhaps not coincidentally, account for the two features most commonly altered with cosmetic surgery. Patients often explain to Dr. Nassif that they do not wish to appear less Asian and more Caucasian; they simply want to look like an improved version of themselves.
Complications in Asian Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures performed today. Each year, hundreds of thousands of individuals undergo successful rhinoplasty procedures and find not only an improved appearance but increased self-confidence as well. Unfortunately, as one of the most complicated plastic surgery procedures to perform, rhinoplasty does have a fairly high revision rate compared to other procedures, with some estimates placing the average revision rate at around 10-15%. Revision rates are generally higher with less experienced surgeons and lower with more skilled surgeons, and this is particularly true when it comes to ethnic rhinoplasty.