Asian rhinoplasty provides a uniquely tailored surgery to Asian patients. Perhaps because the surgery alters an identifying ethnic characteristic, there are a lot of myths associated with the procedure. In order to offer prospective Asian rhinoplasty patients the most thorough understanding of this specialty plastic surgery, we offer the common myths in Asian rhinoplasty, and explain why the procedure has been misunderstood by some.
Myth # 1: Asian Rhinoplasty is for Patients Seeking to Appear More Caucasian
While some Asian patients who undergo rhinoplasty do seek a more Caucasian nose, this surgery is not termed Asian rhinoplasty; it is called Westernization rhinoplasty. Patients are proud of their ethnicity, and wish to enhance the look of the nose, regardless of which surgery they choose. Even those who choose Westernization rhinoplasty do not do so in an effort to conceal their heritage; rather they feel that the traits they were born with do not necessarily blend well with other facial characteristics. For most patients seeking ethnic rhinoplasty today, the goal is to create a natural look that retains the patient’s sense of ethnic identity while improving their appearance.
Myth # 2: Asian Rhinoplasty Offers a One-Size-Fits-All Approach to Surgery
Though certain techniques are specific to Asian rhinoplasty surgery, Dr. Nassif is careful to take into account each patient’s anatomy with the end goal of creating facial harmony. Asian noses tend to be similar in many ways – low bridge height, bulbous nasal tips, wide-set nostrils – and may be treated with comparable techniques, but never in an identical manner.
Myth # 3: Asian Eyelid Surgery and Asian Rhinoplasty Can Transform an Asian into a Caucasian
While cosmetic surgery can create dramatic changes to an individual’s face, these two surgeries were not intended to eliminate the look of one’s ethnic features, but rather to enhance them. Asian eyelid surgery creates or enlarges the upper eyelid crease, and Asian rhinoplasty can lengthen and narrow the nose, but there are many other facial features specific to Asians. This often includes delicate lips, flat and round cheekbones, and short and often straight eyelashes.
Myth # 4: Implants are the Best Method to Perform Asian Rhinoplasty
Common in Asian countries, silicone or other materials compose nasal implants that are meant to perform multiple functions during Asian rhinoplasty. The first is raising the overall height of the nasal bridge so the nose sits further away from the face, while also extending the tip of the nose and offering refinement.
Implants often prove to be problematic because they can shift in the nose with normal movements. While fixed to the internal structures of the nose, implants can wear away bone and cartilage, causing pain and local infection.
Dr. Nassif has a number of other techniques that are much safer and provide long term improvement to the nose during Asian rhinoplasty. He is known for his DCF method (diced cartilage wrapped in fascia), and other techniques that use the patient’s own tissues to support the newly reformed structure. If you are interested in being treated by the Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist, contact Dr. Paul S. Nassif at his Beverly Hills office at (310) 275-2467. You can also reach the office via email.