The term “ethnic rhinoplasty” is really quite relative depending on where you are located. For example, in Asian countries, an ethnic rhinoplasty generally refers to a Caucasian nose. However, for all intents and purposes, this phrase has become the accepted term in the United States for any non-Caucasian rhinoplasty, or nose job. Often, patients interested in this procedure are of African-American, Hispanic, Asian, or Middle Eastern descent. At Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates in Missoula, MT, Dr. Stephen P. Hardy is experienced and skilled in performing ethnic rhinoplasty for those who would like to achieve a more balanced and symmetrical appearance, while still preserving unique facial features.
Preserving Your Ethnic Background
No matter what your ethnicity, the primary goal of rhinoplasty is to bring symmetry and balance to the face, and to make the nose appear as though it “belongs” there. However, no two faces are the same. Therefore, the plastic surgeon is charged with the specific responsibility of reshaping the nose and improving aesthetics while preserving the unique facial structure of the patient. For ethnic rhinoplasty, this means maintaining distinctive cultural characteristics while creating harmony between all facial features.
Your Initial Consultation
Prior to your first visit with Dr. Hardy, it is beneficial to make a list of how you would like your nose to look after your rhinoplasty. During your appointment, Dr. Hardy can share before and after photos with you as well. By spending time listening to your specific concerns, we can fully understand your goals in regard to this cosmetic treatment. Dr. Hardy will perform a visual assessment of your nose and will discuss your complete medical history with you as well.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty: Goals of the Procedure
As you might have guessed, ethnic rhinoplasty is performed in a similar fashion as other rhinoplasties. This procedure involves contouring and reshaping the cartilage and bone beneath the skin. Areas that are lacking in bone volume can be “plumped up” with cartilage grafts to achieve the desired outcome. Some of the most common methods in ethnic rhinoplasty include augmenting (or building up) the bridge of the nose, refining or lengthening the tip of the nose, and narrowing the openings of the nostrils. Some or all of these techniques can be used in rhinoplasty for African-American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and Asian patients while still respecting their ethnic background. It is important to note that, even within the same ethnic demographic, variations of nose size and shape can differ dramatically. It is important to choose a plastic surgeon who can take all these aspects into account.
Addressing Concerns Other than Aesthetics
When most individuals think of rhinoplasty, they think of it as a purely aesthetic procedure. What you may not realize is that this treatment can effectively correct medical conditions such as a deviated septum. It can also reshape noses that have been damaged by trauma. No matter what your reason for considering rhinoplasty, Dr. Hardy can design a fully personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your goals.
Contact Our Practice to Learn More
If you are considering ethnic rhinoplasty, it is crucial that you choose a provider who is skilled and experienced in this type of procedure. If you would like to explore your treatment options, we sincerely hope you will schedule a visit at Northwest Plastic Surgery Associates. To reach a team member, contact us online anytime.