Refine your appearance without losing your essence. Ethnic rhinoplasty takes into account specific ethnic qualities that must remain to avoid stripping you of your ethnicity or personality.
Rhinoplasty (or nose reshaping surgery) is not a procedure limited to patients of Caucasian descent. African, Asian, Hispanic and Middle Eastern patients also have cosmetic goals that involve improving the size, shape or profile of the nose. At the same time, these patients usually want to preserve their ethnic features, seeking results that will fit their facial proportions and overall appearance. The field of ethnic rhinoplasty is highly specialized and requires extensive experience, expertise and knowledge of facial standards for different ethnic groups to achieve the best possible results.
At IMAGN INSTITUTE, we perform individually tailored ethnic rhinoplasty to improve the appearance and function of the nose while preserving cultural heritage. Our Medical Director, Dr. Ahmad Saad is an internationally recognized expert in this field. His studies have produced new proportions for the nose to create superior results, and he has spoken and written about his findings to advise other plastic surgeons on the finer techniques of this procedure.
Are You a Candidate for an ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty may be the right choice for you if you want to enhance the size or shape of your nose. Specific concerns often addressed through ethnic rhinoplasty include:
- A round, bulbous nasal tip
- Bridge that is too high, too low, or features a hump
- Nose that is too wide or too narrow
- Disproportionately wide or flaring nostrils
- Lack of projection
- Asymmetrical shape or size
Ethnic Rhinoplasty approaches
This technique uses incisions within the nasal passages, eliminating any visible scarring after the procedure. This option is often preferred with ethnic rhinoplasty since patients of various descents tend to have thicker skin that is at greater risk for significant post-operative swelling. At the same time, an incision placed on the outer tissue between the nostrils may be more evident in an African or Middle Eastern nose than it would on a Caucasian nose.
The open rhinoplasty process involves an incision on the underside of the nose, providing greater access to the internal structure. When it is needed, a Z-shaped incision is used, that minimizes visible scarring once the incision heals completely. Patients in need of more correction may be better suited for this technique.
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The Recovery Process
When you go home after your rhinoplasty, you may have splints placed inside the nose to hold it in place as it heals. You should expect the surgical site to bruise and swell for a few days after surgery, which means you will likely look worse before you start looking better. However, pain levels after rhinoplasty are very manageable with oral medication, so your recovery should be reasonably comfortable and restful.
You will feel like returning to most of your activities within about two weeks after your procedure. More strenuous exercise should be restricted for a bit longer to avoid any post-operative complications.
The beautiful, permanent results of your surgery will become apparent once bruising and swelling subside.