Typically, Asian rhinoplasty refers to surgical modifications of the nose to achieve goals common to this ethnicity. Most patients who come to see Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist Dr. Paul Nassif wish to increase the height and projection of the nose, modify the tip of the nose to create more prominence and angles, and decrease the size and width of the nostrils, among other changes.
Patients may also visit Dr. Nassif to receive revision rhinoplasty following Asian rhinoplasty performed by another surgeon. Though the nose can heal in unpredictable ways because it is composed of bone, cartilage, and other tissues, inexperience with the delicate anatomy of the Asian nose may also result in undesired alterations.
Some surgeons, typically in other parts of the world, utilize Gore-Tex implants to treat Asian rhinoplasty patients. An L-shaped implant of this synthetic material will even cover the tip of the nose to create alterations that mimic noses of the Western world. This is appealing to the many patients whose aesthetic goals align with that of Western culture.
Though an implant can create great results, they are often short lived. The implant material can wear away the cartilage and bone of the nose, causing the tissues to be resorbed into the body. In addition, the implant may lead to infection, and must be removed immediately after infection is discovered. An implant can also shift and become dislodged through inexperience on behalf of the surgeon, trauma, or even natural facial movements. In addition to these common complications, the L-end of the implant that covers the tip of the nose may create discomfort and obvious intrusion into the skin tissues. The need for a revision rhinoplasty following Asian rhinoplasty is commonly due to implant issues.
After the implant is removed and all infection is cleared from the nose, the patient should be adequately healed in time for surgery. Dr. Nassif will provide patients with a realistic timeline. During the revision procedure, the patient’s cartilage may be harvested from the septum, ear or even the rib, and diced to build the height of the bridge. A revision Asian rhinoplasty is more difficult than the initial Asian rhinoplasty because some tissues may be worn down or lacking which can create a weakened internal structure. Dr. Nassif often has to perform some reconstructive work alongside the cosmetic nose surgery.
Revision rhinoplasty patients may have been satisfied with the look of the nose following a nasal implant procedure, but because of health risks they had to have the implant removed. In such cases, it may be helpful for patients to show Dr. Nassif the way the nose looked following the initial Asian rhinoplasty.
Dr. Nassif, hailed as the Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist, is a specialist in the field of facial plastic surgery. Located in Beverly Hills, California and seeing patients worldwide, Dr. Nassif keeps his practice current by working with a larger volume of patients and using innovative techniques. Contact the doctor at (310) 275-2467, or fill out the doctor’s Patient Contact Form.