When looking at an individual’s facial structure, the nose stands out immediately as a prominent feature. The physical appearance of a person’s nose is dictated by the cartilage tissues found below the nasal bone. These tissues create the shape, position, and contour of the nose and are extremely important to consider when undergoing rhinoplasty procedures.
For those of different ethnic backgrounds, these procedures can vary with the desired cultural appearance. Patients can maintain cultural integrity in their physical appearance if their doctor considers how the cartilage structures vary between ancestries. Those of Asian descent have a different nasal structure than those of an African or Caucasian descent. Typically, Asians noses will sit flatter on the face, have a wider nasal base, and a greater nostril flare. These features result in a more triangular shape compared to Caucasian noses. Asian rhinoplasty surgery can be used to create or lessen any of these characteristics.
Altering the Lateral Cartilage
One of the procedures that can be accomplished by Asian rhinoplasty surgery is the lowering of the lateral cartilage in the nasal base. The lateral cartilage consists of a pair of tissues that create a triangle that extends out from the septum. These make up the shape and position of the nasal bridge by defining the slope of the nose. The lower lateral cartilages, or greater alar cartilages, are another pair of tissues that contribute to the appearance of the nasal tip. All the lateral cartilages together create the overall shape and function by forming the outside walls and the center wall of the nose.
Those of an Asian ancestry have different requirements for rhinoplasty than those of Caucasian descent. Asian noses have a lower nasal bridge than Caucasian noses, which contributes to the flatter and wider appearance. They also have a rounder and broader nose tip. Asians also tend to have thicker skin and weaker cartilage, resulting in special considerations when determining surgical procedures.
Lateral cartilage for Asians can be altered to change the nasal bridge and also to create a better definition of the nasal tip. It is common for patients, especially those who wear glasses regularly, to request a higher nasal bridge. This can be accomplished by augmenting the bridge using implants or by harvesting cartilage from other parts of the body. The nasal tip can be surgically altered using implants, grafts, or by removing fatty deposits in the nasal bridge.
Choosing the Right Doctor
There are a number of ways Dr. Nassif can surgically alter the lateral cartilage to match a patient’s cultural characteristics and preferences. He has extensive experience in facial plastic surgery, particularly Asian rhinoplasty.
When meeting with Dr. Nassif, patients should be clear about the appearance they want so they can be sure they get the correct procedure. To schedule a consultation, contact Dr. Nassif’s Beverly Hills, CA, office by calling (310) 275-2467. The doctor can also be reached toll free at (888) 385-0066, or by scheduling a meeting through Skype or Virtual Consultation, for those patients considering surgery that live out of town.