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.
During Asian rhinoplasty surgery, there are some complications that can arise specific to an Asian patient’s unique facial structure. This may be in part because the main request is to augment, or increase the prominence of, the nose. Rather than taking away structures as is common in Caucasian rhinoplasty, materials are often added to the framework of the nose in the Asian patient, often with the use of implants.
One major change is the request for a heightened bridge to create a nose with an increased angle to the face. When performed with the use of a synthetic implant, a technique that is more common in other countries, the implant can shift to one side rather than remain symmetrical. The result is a lopsided nose that may require a secondary surgery to correct the issue. Dr. Nassif often opts not to use synthetic implants during an Asian rhinoplasty so his patients do not face this risk and instead use grafts created from the patient’s own cartilage.
A second issue that can occur during an Asian rhinoplasty is a droopy nasal tip when reinforcement at the end of the nose is underemployed. Though nasal cartilage in this location tends to be naturally weak, it can be restructured. A skilled surgeon such as Dr. Nassif understands how important it is to create a strong nasal tip in order to surgically create the appropriate level of projection.
Thirdly, because many patients seek narrowing of rounded nostrils, asymmetry may occur. This unwanted surgical side effect can occur as the result of a deviated septum. The doctor is prudent about not only improving the external look of the nose, but also takes into account any issues that may complicate a patient’s breathing patterns. If the patient has a deviated septum or has a weakened nasal structure that may lead to a deviation, Dr. Nassif can address these issues during the surgery.
Finally, the thick facial skin of Asian patients tends to interfere with the final look of the nose following a rhinoplasty. Doctors experienced in Asian facial anatomy understand that the internal architecture may need to be built up in such a way that it can be more visible through thicker skin. Typically, cartilage can be shaped into pleasing structures at the appropriate height.
Dr. Nassif – referred to in Beverly Hills as the “Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist” – is more experiences than most surgeons in this country in the art of Asian rhinoplasty. He dedicates an entire portion of his practice to performing this delicate facial plastic surgery. Contact his southern California office today at (310) 275-2467 for more information.