Patients unfamiliar with the world of facial plastic surgery often seem perplexed with the idea of a facial plastic surgery tailored to a specific ethnicity, such as Asian rhinoplasty. The surgery can be very different from traditional rhinoplasty performed on Caucasian patients where the goal more often than not is to minimize the size of the nose. While most people are interested in a nose job to smooth a nasal hump, shorten the length of the nose, and lessen its overall prominence on the face, Asian rhinoplasty patients have very different objectives. Rather than decrease the size of the nose, many Asian patients wish to increase the projection and size of the nose.
As an ethnicity, Asians have very distinguishing facial features. They exhibit almond-shaped eyes, many of which are protected by monolids, or the lack of creasing eyelids, and petite, wide noses. Some patients opt to undergo Asian rhinoplasty because they feel the shared features across their ethnicity are not especially well suited to their own facial features. Others follow traditional Western beauty ideals and seek a more Caucasian appearance. Whatever the reason, Asian rhinoplasty produces significantly different results in patients than traditional rhinoplasty does.
Common Asian Rhinoplasty Techniques
Because Asian rhinoplasty patients generally seek a more prominent nose, the surgical techniques vary from those utilized in other cosmetic nose surgeries. Dr. Nassif commonly adds height to the bridge of the nose through DCF – diced cartilage wrapped in fascia. With the patient as the donor, there is little risk for infection and zero chance of tissue rejection. The ridge may remain malleable for over a week postoperatively, so patients have more say in their final result.
Along with nasal bridge reconstruction, Asian rhinoplasty patients commonly request tip refinement. This can be performed by the use of cartilage implants fixed into place to extend the length of the nose. Asian rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Nassif can also resituate the patient’s own cartilage without the use of implants to improve the look of the nasal tip.
Asian patients tend to have wide set nostrils, and many ask that they be brought in closer to the nose. The rounded nasal base may no longer align with other corrections made to the nose. Dr. Nassif may also hear that patients wish to create a more oval shape of the rounded nostrils, which is possible through various techniques.
Different Patients, Different Needs
Anatomically, traditional rhinoplasty and Asian rhinoplasty patients differ, as do their ideals of beauty. In certain communities, the trademarks of attractiveness align with others of a patient’s ethnicity. Dr. Nassif provides patients with what they seek, and that is to become the best version of themselves possible. For these reasons, a specialty form of rhinoplasty was developed to suit the needs of Asian patients.
Paul S. Nassif, M.D., F.A.C.S. is a world renowned facial plastic surgeon with a specialty practice in Asian rhinoplasty. The doctor performs procedures out of his Beverly Hills, California Practice, Spalding Drive Plastic Surgery. Contact Dr. Nassif’s office at (310) 275-2467 to schedule an appointment.