What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty for Asian Americans?
Many Asian American men and women are interested in surgery to reshape their noses. Ethnic Rhinoplasty is the term used to talk in general terms about rhinoplasty surgeries among a particular ethnic population. Of course, every individual and every surgery is unique and must be treated as such. However, it is possible to speak to the group as a whole as there are many areas in which most Asian American rhinoplasties share.
There are some commonalities in the aspects of the nose that Asian Americans typically seek to alter. Many patients of Asian descent complain of a lack of definition of the nose. This is often because Asian noses are relatively flat with low, flat bridges. Rhinoplasties on this type of nose generally focus on augmentation, sometimes including the insertion of grafts or implants to build up the bridge of the nose. The same applies to the tip of the nose, which is often lacking projection and definition. Your surgeon can reshape the tip, as well as add length to the columella to increase the projection of the tip.
In terms of structure, the Asian nose often has short nasal bones, and the cartilage can be weak. Because of this, supportive grafts may be needed. Sometimes, the skin of the Asian nose may be thicker than a typical Western nose. In order to maximize your satisfaction, it is important that you find a qualified physician who is familiar with the anatomy and physiology of Asian American noses. Your surgeon should also have a good understanding of the aesthetics and harmony of the Asian face. This experience and knowledge is necessary to get the best result physically and without erasing the patient’s ethnic heritage.
Ask Dr. Becker a question or arrange an appointment for a nose surgery consultation by calling 856-589-NOSE (6673).