There are many traits specific to the world’s Asian population, and perhaps most notable among them are the features of the face. An Asian person’s delicately shaped eyes are contoured with a characteristic that is specific to Central and Eastern Asia, called the epicanthal fold. This thin layer of skin, which is named for the canthus or the corner of the eye nearest to the nose, is one aspect of Asian anatomy that distinguishes members of this ethnicity from others.
Another trait that is shaped characteristically amongst Asians is the nose. It tends to have a low bridge height so the feature is less projected off the mid-face, and the nostrils are typically rounded and somewhat wide. The end of the tip may be bulbous, yet the feature as a whole is petite in comparison with Western noses.
The two facial features – the eyes and nose – of Asian patients are possible the most visibly ethnicity-specific characteristics, yet they are also the two most commonly altered. Dr. Nassif, a world-famous specialist in Asian rhinoplasty surgery and other facial cosmetic procedures, is often approached by members of the Asian community who are interested in reshaping their noses. He finds that many Asian patients share common concerns about the nose and have common goals, such as raising the height of the bridge for a more distinguished projection off the face, refining and contouring the nasal tip, and narrowing the nostrils. There are many safe, reliable ways to refine and narrow the Asian nose and this commonly involves the use of grafts from the patient’s own body.
One request that is not as commonly addressed is the relationship between an Asian rhinoplasty procedure and subsequent effects on the epicanthal folds of the eyes. Facial plastic surgeons have varying philosophies on whether or not an Asian rhinoplasty will have an effect on this area of the eyes, if a patient wishes to alter both features. Some surgeons suggest that only serious corrections will equate to changes in the skin folds over the eyes, while others feel that an Asian eyelid surgery, or Asian blepharoplasty, will best suit these patients’ needs regardless of how much the nose is altered.
Dr. Nassif’s Asian Rhinoplasty website is dedicated to his practice of the specific alterations performed during a nose surgery for Asian patients. There you can learn more about the surgical alterations that encompass this cosmetic procedure. Dr. Nassif is careful to listen to the wishes of each patient, and customize each nose in a way that suits the unique face on which it is featured. The best way to learn about how you can benefit from an Asian rhinoplasty, and if your surgery may result in an alteration of the epicanthal folds, is to set up a consultation with the doctor at his office. Contact Paul S. Nassif, M.D., F.A.C.S. in Beverly Hills at (310) 275-2467, or through the Asian Rhinoplasty Patient Contact Form.