Within a particular culture, there is always variation. Just as all Caucasians do not have the exact same nose, not all Asians have the exact same nose. In America, especially, individuals can have a quite an assorted mix of ethnicities in their ancestry. Though there are generalizations that can be used to differentiate between the major ethnicities (Asian, Causcasian, African-American, Hispanic, etc), there are also subsets of nasal characteristics unique to the ethnicity.
As discussed in one of our previous posts, the nasal tip shape is one of the major components of an attractive nose. It is also a key indicator of an individual’s culture. Features unique to Asians include, generally speaking, a rounder and flatter shape, thicker skin, and weaker nasal cartilage. Within the Asian cultures, there are subtle variations between nasal tip shapes that allow one to differentiate between a Japanese person and a Chinese person, for example.
Regions of Asia
The many countries that make up Asia are split into five large regions: East Asia, South-Central Asia, Southeast Asia, Northern Asia, and Western Asia. We will focus primarily on East Asia, as those countries’ populations are comprised of people who are recognized as “Asians” in pop culture. Northern Asia (essentially Russia) and South-Central Asia are primarily composed of Caucasians, and Western Asia is commonly known as the Middle East. These three regions have different cultural facial characteristics than the others and so don’t need to be discussed. Southeast Asia has populations that are also recognized as “Asian” in pop culture; however, these countries have a wider mix of ethnicities, including Caucasian and Mongoloid with influences from India and the Pacific Islands.
East Asia is comprised of China, North and South Korea, and Japan. Rhinoplasty is very popular among Koreans, so their noses tend to be narrower and slightly more pointed. Koreans that haven’t had rhinoplasty surgery tend to have smaller and flatter noses, as do the Japanese. Both cultures also tend towards more prominent nasal bridges. Chinese individuals can vary depending on what part of China they are from. Northern Chinese people tend to have longer noses than Southern Chinese people, who tend to have shorter and rounder noses.
How Do These Variations Influence Asian Rhinoplasty Procedures?
Your underlying nasal structure in influenced by your genetic programming, which comes from your ancestry. Each person has a nose that is unique to them based on their anatomy and environment. This is why Asian rhinoplasty surgeons don’t create a generic nose and apply it to every single patient. A great rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to shape and structure a nose that is unique to you based on your cultural heritage and personal wishes. Understanding what differentiates a Chinese person from a Korean person or a Japanese person is especially important in a doctor who specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty.
The Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist
Dr. Paul Nassif has been performing facial plastic surgery for over 20 years and specializes in rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty. He is recognized nationally and internationally for his natural-looking results and patient satisfaction. Dr. Nassif’s years of experience and practical knowledge has allowed him to work with many different patients from a wide variety of ethnicities. He understands how a person’s culture influences their nasal structure and uses that information to shape and structure the nose accordingly. He can even correct previous rhinoplasties if the results weren’t to the patient’s liking.
Your Patient Consultation
The first step to having rhinoplasty surgery is to schedule a patient consultation with our office in Beverly Hills. Your appointment can take place in person or remotely over Skype or Virtual Consultation. During your consultation, the doctor will obtain some basic demographic information (including your ethnicity), your medical history, and perform a physical examination of your nose. He will also discuss with you your goals for the procedure and whether those goals can be realized through surgery.
After settling on an individualized course of surgery, Dr. Nassif and our care coordinator will go over the entire process from start to finish. You can ask questions about the procedure itself, the recovery, or any other concerns you might have. Our goal is for you to leave our office at the end of your consultation with a full understanding of the process and a firm conviction in undergoing rhinoplasty surgery.
Scheduling a Consultation
If you are considering Asian rhinoplasty and would like to set up an appointment, contact our Beverly Hills office at (310) 275-2467. Our friendly and knowledgeable office staff members are standing by to help you and answer any questions you may have. Call us today for more information!