Disguising Side Effects Following Asian Rhinoplasty
Asian rhinoplasty is a common facial plastic surgery – the rhinoplasty – adapted to the ethnic features of an Asian’s face. During Asian rhinoplasty, Dr. Nassif is able to create a number of changes that commonly include heightening the nasal bridge with a DCF (diced cartilage and fascia) implant, lengthening the tip of the nose, and narrowing the nostrils. Following these surgical changes and others, the nose will show signs of injury. This landmark facial feature requires a lengthy healing timeframe, upwards of 18 months, though patients can take measures to disguise the side effects following Asian rhinoplasty.
One way to remain prudent at the beginning of the recovery process is to use a lightweight, cold compress after arriving home following Asian rhinoplasty. The cold pack helps relieve any discomfort and keeps swelling down. Patients can use homemade remedies such as frozen peas, or cold packs designed to treat injuries.
Cosmetics are an excellent option when a patient wishes to camouflage skin discoloration, bruising, and swelling; however, the formulations of makeup should first be approved by Dr. Nassif. Skin discolorations are commonly red, which can be counteracted through a green-tinted primer or concealer, while bruises of a blue or purple hue can be evened out with orange and yellow-tinted concealers, respectively. An overall foundation blends across the entire canvas of skin to even pigmentation and add a layer of coverage to the concealed areas.
Highlighting and contouring areas of the face can also create an optical illusion of the curves present, which can minimize swelling. Using a skin toned product (concealer, foundation, power, or bronzer) darker than the skin on the sides of the nose, then using a skin toned product lighter than the skin down the center of the nose from bridge to the tip can create the illusion of a slimmer nose. These three lines should be blended until they create a natural effect.
Female Asian rhinoplasty patients can also use cosmetics to emphasize the eyes, lips, and cheeks to draw attention away from the nose. While drawing attention to these other facial features, others’ gazes will concentrate on these other areas of the face. Male patients who do not wish to use cosmetics can cleanse, tone, and moisturize the skin to ensure their overall faces looks as appealing as possible. Through the addition of facial hair, they may create a distraction this way.
A main reason people opt to undergo Asian rhinoplasty is due to dissatisfaction with one’s facial makeup and the wish to improve one’s self-esteem. The enjoyment from the results of the surgery can be delayed due to temporary swelling of the nose. Through these temporary measures, patients can undergo the healing process while waiting for permanent aesthetic changes to take place.
Dr. Paul S. Nassif is known worldwide for his ability to shape all kinds of faces, including those of various ethnicities, to patients’ requested looks. The doctor specializes in facial plastic surgery, and dedicates a portion of his practice to Asian rhinoplasty. Contact Dr. Nassif’s office at (310) 275-2467, or email the Beverly Hills practice through the Patient Contact Form.