The Asian continent is home to a wide range of races and corresponding nasal shapes. Asian noses differ in their height and width in comparison with other parts of the world. Researchers believe these variances are a natural response to diverse climates. While there may be evolutionary basis to the look of the nose, some people are dissatisfied with certain aspects of this feature.
While rhinoplasty is one of the oldest facial plastic surgeries to date, there are many modern variations of the procedure. With a seemingly unlimited variety of nose procedures, a newer concept is the type of surgery that caters to specific ethnicities. The United States has fostered a more diverse culture than other nations, and plastic surgery does not seek to create homogeny amongst this feature.
Asian rhinoplasty is one of the more common ways a facial plastic surgeon can treat the nose while maintaining the integrity of its genetic structure. Tailoring can border a fine line between aesthetic improvements and total alteration of a feature. Asian rhinoplasty seeks to retain the identifying aspects of the Asian nose, while satisfying the patient’s desires for change.
Misconceptions in Asian Rhinoplasty
Many patients are under the impression that Asian rhinoplasty is performed because patients have a desire to look less ethnic, when this is not often the case. When Asian or other ethnic patients want to take on more Caucasian features, nose surgery is called Westernization rhinoplasty. More often, ethnic patients undergoing rhinoplasty hope to maintain certain genetic features while modifying others. It is common for Asian rhinoplasty patients to voice concerns for the height of the nasal bridge, the projection of the nasal tip, and the shape and placement of the nostrils.
Other Types of Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Though Asian rhinoplasty is one of the more common facial plastic surgeries designed to alter the look of a culturally-specific nose, doctors have designed procedures for African American rhinoplasty, Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, and Hispanic rhinoplasty. Asian rhinoplasty tends to be a more demanding surgery because it often requires reconstruction of the nose. Dr. Nassif is a specialty surgeon who caters to Asian rhinoplasty patients and has developed innovative methods to treat the areas of the nose that are commonly addressed during the procedure. Though Westernization rhinoplasty is possible, it is but one form of this diverse surgical procedure.
Asian Rhinoplasty Performed in Asia
Some patients believe that Asian surgeons perform the best Asian rhinoplasty surgeries because they share similar nasal anatomy, and may better understand cultural aspects of the procedure. A popular notion is that surgeons operating out of Asia would be the greatest option to create changes on this type of ethnic nose.
In reality, many Asian countries use the outdated practice of inserting nasal implants during Asian rhinoplasty. The inserts may be fashioned out of silicone, Gore-Tex, or another material. Though implants create an initially pleasing look, they do not create long term aesthetically pleasing results. The implant can become dislodged from the bridge of the nose and create an obvious deformity that spans the length of the nose. This can lead to thinning of the skin of the nose, especially in the tip, and other internal tissue disruptions. Secondary issues such as infection are also common in Asian rhinoplasty surgeries performed with a nasal implant.
Not All Plastic Surgeons are Created Equally
While all plastic surgeons are trained as doctors, and have a thorough understanding of human anatomy in its entirety, patients should be careful to choose a doctor with a specialty practice. A doctor would ideally hold an expertise in either body or facial plastic surgery, but not both. Asian rhinoplasty warrants a facial plastic surgery focus. Not only will the doctor have performed a greater number of rhinoplasty surgeries, but he or she will also be much more versed in the unique issues that present themselves during surgery. In addition, facial plastic surgeons may subscribe to medical journals, attend conferences, and have a greater involvement with work of the face than other plastic surgeons.
Asian Rhinoplasty is for People of All Walks of Life
Though some people still hold the misconception that plastic surgery is reserved for wealthy individuals, or those in the entertainment industry, everyone interested in permanently altering the nose is encouraged to set up a consultation. With different credit options and payment plans, patients do not have to delay the enjoyment of long term aesthetic modifications or a self-esteem boost. The doctor may also be able to offer short term results through dermal fillers for less money if the patient plans to save money for the surgical version of Asian rhinoplasty.
Dr. Paul S. Nassif, Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist in Beverly Hills, California
Known for his televised work, Dr. Nassif had developed a strong patient base even before he became a household name. The doctor’s innovative technique – wrapping diced cartilage with fascia (DCF) – offers a unique solution to the low bridge height of most Asian noses. By using patient-donated materials, there is no risk for rejection, and infection is far less likely. While synthetic and animal-donated materials are available options, it is during the consultation that patients can learn more about each options pros and cons.
Contact Dr. Nassif’s Beverly Hills’ office at (310) 275-2467 to set up a visit with the doctor to learn about Asian rhinoplasty, or another facial plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure that interests you.
View actual patient Before-and-After Photos to see numerous successful results of Asian rhinoplasty surgery.