The majority of patients who opt to undergo Asian rhinoplasty with Dr. Nassif in Beverly Hills, California do so in an effort to improve their looks while retaining their ethnic features. A variation of this specialty surgery is Westernization rhinoplasty, where preservation of Asian characteristics of the nose is not desired. Typically, this surgery seeks to refine the nose in a way that is consistent with Caucasian noses.
Patients of other ethnicities – Hispanic, Middle Eastern, African American, among others – may also wish to undergo this transformative surgery. The nose tends to be very specific depending on a person’s genetic heritage. This feature of the body humidifies air and helps oxygen reach the rest of the body. The size and shape of a person’s nose may be larger or smaller depending on the climate of that region during the time when genes evolved to what they are today.
Why the Transformation?
Those of an Asian background may specifically wish to become further integrated into Western culture, acquire a nose that sets them apart from others of their ethnicity, or seek physical improvement. Many Asian noses are very similar, though some patients seek a more customized look. Western rhinoplasty may be coupled with Asian eyelid surgery for a full face transformation.
Asian rhinoplasty and Westernization rhinoplasty seek to address many of the same issues: a low bridge height, rounded nasal tip, and wide set nostrils. In other nose job procedures, the structure is typically decreased in size, while in Asian or Westernization rhinoplasty, parts of the nose are actually increased in their size and height. The latter form of the surgery seeks to create a newly shaped nose rather than simply refine and alter an existing nose. Patients may even bring to Dr. Nassif pictures of noses they wish to emulate with the final results of their own.
Potential Limitations in Westernization Rhinoplasty
Because the goal of Westernization rhinoplasty is to create an entirely new nose based off Caucasian design, the doctor-patient consultation is a very important meeting. During this time, patients will explain to Dr. Nassif the extent of change they hope he is able to perform. Sometimes there are limitations due to trauma and nasal anatomy. The doctor may be able to digitally enhance a photograph of the patient’s existing nose to show them how alterations can be tailored to their needs.
During Westernization rhinoplasty, Dr. Nassif seeks to maintain facial harmony. He may explain why the full extent of changes is not possible, or suggest additional procedures to complement the look of the new nose. Because the doctor is an expert in Asian facial anatomy, he can best explain how these decisions are made.
Contact Dr. Nassif’s Beverly Hills office at (310) 275-2467 to set up your initial appointment. After a quick phone call, you will be one step closer to enjoying your new nose. If you are interested in another facial plastic surgery, Dr. Nassif offers a wide array of procedures at Spalding Plastic Surgery.