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Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic Rhinoplasty - (Ethnic Nose Reshaping) - Plano, TX

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Overview

Plano, TX board-certified otolaryngologist & head and neck surgeon Dr. Masoud Saman is known far and wide for performing some of the most complex and unique rhinoplasty cases. At his Plano plastic surgery center, he offers ethnic rhinoplasty to men and women who desire a different appearance than what they were born with from an ethnicity standpoint. Even though our society has numerous blends of cultures and ethnicities, there are individuals who come to Dr. Saman desiring a different facial contour. Ethnic rhinoplasty is actually a common surgery. Under the hands of a skilled and talented facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Saman, the technique to attain a natural result without compromising one's ethnic background takes training and experience. During ethnic rhinoplasty, Dr. Saman will reshape the structure of the nose without affecting its natural airflow while creating a pleasing outcome.

Anatomical Differences

One of the most striking differences among the many ethnicities is the nose. The nose is one of the most prominent features on the face and the size, structure, and build of the nose can be significantly different among various ethnicities. Caucasians, Hispanics, African Americans, Middle Easterners, and Asians, for example, often have different nose structures from one segment to the other. While the following aspects are not present nor are they an issue for every individual, they are more common reasons why certain people from various ethnicities choose to undergo ethnic rhinoplasty:

  • African American

Among some African Americans, an increased nose width and a lack of definition and profile are generally the main concerns. During surgery, Dr. Saman will work to build the dorsal (bridge) height, increase the nasal tissue framework, as well as provide more nasal tip definition and reduce the alar base (narrowing nostrils).

  • Latino

With Latino noses, surgery will often be performed to narrow and augment the height of the nasal dorsum (area from nasal root to tip), define and increase the projection and rotation of the nasal tip, and reduce nostril size and width.

  • Asian

With Asian noses, the goal is usually to augment the nose, especially the tip and bridge, since they tend to be smaller and made of shorter nasal bones. Other issues that are usually addressed during nasal surgery is a depressed bridge, wide nasal tip, thick skin, weak cartilage, and an overly rotated nasal tip. Usually, grafts are needed from other body sources or synthetic materials to accomplish these goals.

  • Middle Eastern

Similar to reasons for Caucasian nose surgery, Middle Eastern noses can have an overly large nasal profile and tip, which need to be reduced to meet the patient's aesthetic goals. Middle Eastern noses can also appear to be droopy or have a prominent bump. Extra care is taken to reduce the length and reshape the nose and smooth out the bump, while preserving the patient’s ethnic background for a softer, natural look.

Selecting the Right Surgeon

It’s important for patients to find a plastic surgeon that specializes in rhinoplasty and who understands the patient’s cultural differences. Dr. Saman is highly trained in the area of ethnic rhinoplasty and will create beautifully balanced, aesthetic results without compromising his patients' ethnicity. The ideal surgeon should have a full understanding of ethnic and cultural differences in the anatomy of the nose. Higher levels of practice increase the chances of better surgical results. 

During/After Surgery

As a complex procedure, ethnic rhinoplasty is a 1 – 2-hour outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. Patients will need to wear a nose splint during the recovery process to help control bruising and swelling around the eyes and nose. Patients can expect final results a full year after surgery.

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Ethnic Rhinoplasty FAQs

Will I Look Different?

Yes, ethnic rhinoplasty will alter a patient’s facial appearance. However, a vastly experienced cosmetic surgeon uses surgical techniques to create a natural appearance that maintains the patient’s cultural and ethnic features that make them happy.

Break My Nose?

Even though breaking the nose is a common technique, it is not required. For some patients, a fracture allows the surgeon to perform certain functions and techniques that may not be accessible without a fracture.

Nasal Packing?

Surgeons use nasal packing to help control bleeding. Complex surgeries, like ethnic rhinoplasty, may cause more bleeding than normal.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.