Though much of the Western world could be considered a cultural melting pot where society melds together as one, diversity in this region of the world is apparent. Physical variations are widely accepted and even celebrated, yet members of some ethnicities may still feel dissatisfied with certain telling features. Westernization rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery of the nose to alter it according to idealized beauty standards in this part of the world. Some members of a certain ethnicity may even go so far as to ask for a more “Caucasian-looking” nose.
Westernization rhinoplasty is seen by some as disloyalty to an ethnicity because a person wishes to alter a feature of his or her face that the majority of that ethnicity shares. In altering an ethnic nose, the conformation may be seen as extreme; however, the remaining features on all faces of a particular group will not always harmonize with particular landmarks such as the nose. Individuals not only have varying preferences, but also distinct differences in their looks. Though the patient may have a goal of appearing more Western, Dr. Nassif is careful to ensure the new nose suits the patient’s face in its entirety.
Ethnic rhinoplasty differs from Westernization rhinoplasty because the goal is not to appear more Western or Caucasian, but to alter the nose in such a way that its appearance is improved while at the same time the person’s ethnicity is preserved. Dr. Nassif’s Asian rhinoplasty patients may be dissatisfied with the appearance of their nose, but are uninterested in the end result appearing Westernized. They may wish to undergo a procedure to create subtle changes within the nose, as seen in this patient photo gallery.
In order to retain characteristics of an ethnicity in a person’s looks, the doctor may create more conservative surgical alterations, or leave some areas of the nose untouched altogether. If the nose is altered, the person may choose not to alter other areas of the face, such as the eyes or lips that can often represent an ethnicity. Even after Asian rhinoplasty, a member of this ethnicity will retain their lovely almond-shaped eyes, traditionally dark hair, and particular skin tone of the group from which they are ethnically a part of.
Assessing a Patient’s Needs
During a consultation with the doctor, patients are encouraged to be as open as possible to ensure their aesthetic needs are met. This is not a place for judgment, but rather a platform where an interested candidate is able to speak his or her mind so they can achieve happiness with the physical form. There may be some limitations, such as a person’s anatomical makeup and health, among other variables. Each of these can be discussed during an initial visit and any subsequent appointments prior to the surgery. Typically, Dr. Nassif offers his patients various meetings to ensure open communication, including a pre-surgical consultation, a surgical consultation, and a post-consultation appointment.
Dr. Paul Nassif is known worldwide for his artistic and medical abilities that combine to form the perfect harmony in his Beverly Hills, California facial plastic surgery practice. Known as the “Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist,” the doctor has experience in catering to the needs of patients who seek Westernization rhinoplasty as well as ethnic or Asian Rhinoplasty. Schedule your appointment with the doctor today by calling Dr. Nassif’s office at (310) 275-2467.