Asian rhinoplasty surgeons operate primarily on nasal cartilage when creating a nose that is both aesthetically pleasing and ethnically accurate. Cartilage is present throughout the human body and serves a number of different purposes. The nose contains several different layers of cartilage, which both shape the nose and dictate how well the nose functions. Asian rhinoplasty surgeons need to be aware of these layers and understand their purpose in order to operate successfully on a patient.
Types of Cartilage
Your body has three different types of cartilage: hyaline, elastic, and fibrocartilage. Your nose is made up of hyaline cartilage, which is also the most prevalent type throughout the body. Hyaline cartilage supports delicate structures, like the nose, trachea, and larynx. It also makes those structures flexible to preserve their function.
Its flexibility is part of the reason that rhinoplasty surgeons can do their job so well. If the nose were made of bone, rhinoplasty surgeons would have a much harder time with shaping and restructuring. Cartilage also has no blood vessels or nerves, which means that the nose can be operated on without losing feeling or its blood supply.
Cartilage Pieces in the Nose
Rather than being one large piece of flexible material, your nose contains several different pieces of cartilage. Each piece contributes to the overall function and appearance of your nose.
- Septum – this is actually made of both bone and cartilage. The cartilage is closer to the tip of the nose and connects the nose to the ethmoid bone. The septum separates the nose into the two halves and helps channel incoming air into the lungs.
- Lateral cartilage – This is a pair of triangle-shaped pieces that connect to the septum. They help create the shape of the nose by determining the slope for the sides.
- Greater alar cartilage – Also known as the lower lateral cartilage, this is another pair that creates the shape of the nasal tip and nostrils.
- Lesser alar cartilages – These are small pieces that connect the nose to the upper jaw bone.
- Accessory nasal cartilages – Additional small pieces that connect the lateral and greater alar cartilage pieces together.
How Asian Rhinoplasty Surgeons Work With Cartilage
The properties of cartilage make it great for rhinoplastysurgeons to work with. Its flexibility and lack of blood vessels or nerve endings make it easier for the doctor to shape the nose with a smaller risk of permanent damage.
In Asian rhinoplasty, doctors typically work with the greater alar cartilage and lateral cartilage. Asians tend to have a low nasal bridge and a flatter-looking nose than Caucasians. Their nasal tip is also rounder and has wider nostrils. Asian rhinoplasty specialists are able to reshape the greater alar cartilage to give the tip more projection and reduce the width of the nostrils. The lateral cartilage can be raised using implants to give the nose more definition. This may also involve raising or adjusting the septum to increase the nasal bridge height. By manipulating, augmenting, or reducing the cartilage pieces inside the nose, a rhinoplasty surgeon can reshape a patient’s nose and promote overall harmony in the face.
The Asian Rhinoplasty Specialist
Dr. Paul Nassif has been working with bone and cartilage to give patients outstanding results for over 20 years. He specializes in all forms of rhinoplasty, including Asian rhinoplasty, and has performed the surgery on thousands of patients in several different countries. Dr. Nassif is board-certified with his own highly successful practice, and has been featured on several television shows. His dedication to patient satisfaction and surgical artistry make him the best choice for your Asian rhinoplasty needs.
If you would like to schedule an initial consultation with the Asian rhinoplasty specialist, call our office in Beverly Hills at (310) 275-2467 to make an appointment.