Techniques for Narrowing a Wide Asian Nose
Asian rhinoplasty addresses the many physical traits that differentiate the Asian nose from those characteristic of other ethnicities. A common structural feature is the width of the nose, which many of Dr. Nassif’s patients wish to address during surgery. This can be accomplished through certain surgical techniques employed during Asian rhinoplasty.
There are three main areas of the nose that are surgically altered to accomplish the goal of narrowing the nose: thinning the bridge of the nose, narrowing the nostrils, and nasal tip refinements.
Thinning the Bridge of the Nose
The bridge of the nose, or the area of the nose connecting the forehead to the tip of the nose, can be thinned through osteotomies. This technique creates a narrowing of the nasal bones, which alters the overall structure of the nose. Relatively common in any type of rhinoplasty, this part of the surgery help to prevent an open roof deformity that may occur when the dorsal hump on the nose is reduced.
Narrowing the Nostrils
A portion of the nasal width may be attributed to the nostrils, which are typically round and offset to the sides. Dr. Nassif may opt to create a surgical incision, camouflaged in the crease of each nostril, to bring these two openings inward toward the nose. This part of Asian rhinoplasty is also referred to as alar base reduction, and is most commonly performed during ethnic nose surgeries.
Nasal Tip Refinements
It is often essential that patients of Asian rhinoplasty also receive some form of refinement to the tip of their nose, as slimming the bridge and nostrils can create a disproportionately prominent and bulbous tip. Though many Asian rhinoplasty patients request a longer nasal tip, they also seek a more refined look from frontal and side views. The tip can be slimmed and elongated through the use of reshaped and redistributed patient cartilage.
When the Nose May Not Benefit from Narrowing Procedures
In certain patients, narrowing the nose may not accomplish the patient’s ultimate aesthetic goal. It is also possible that using a conservative approach during each step may be more beneficial. Some Asian patients may have a rounder face shape with lower cheekbones, and if Dr. Nassif will not be cosmetically enhancing other areas of the face, certain nasal changes such as an overall narrowing of the nose may cause the face to look wider and cheeks to appear less defined than prior to the procedure. Following Asian rhinoplasty, Dr. Nassif seeks to achieve facial harmony for each patient.
Scheduling an Appointment for Asian Rhinoplasty
Just a few of Dr. Nassif’s techniques regarding Asian rhinoplasty are highlighted in this writing, though during this specialty surgery there are a number of aesthetic changes that can take place. The doctor is also able to build up the height of the bridge, and can add injectable fillers to complete the look.
To learn more about undergoing Asian rhinoplasty with Dr. Nassif, contact his Beverly Hills, California office at (310) 275-2467 to schedule a consultation.