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Ethnic rhinoplasty is an increasingly popular procedure patients from diverse backgrounds are undergoing to make minor adjustments to their noses. This procedure redefines aspects of the nose, without compromising the beauty of your natural ethnic features.

What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a nose job that takes into consideration the multitude of differences between various ethnic backgrounds. This procedure is geared towards improving the cosmetic appearance of the nose by reducing its size and tweaking its shape, but still keeping many of its original features intact. 

Performing these procedures requires plastic surgeons to have an in-depth understanding of the natural characteristics of various ethnic groups to help redefine the nose and improve facial symmetry.

Types of Ethnic Rhinoplasty Procedures

There are two types of common ethnic nose jobs that are classified based on the technique of the procedure. Open or closed rhinoplasty techniques can be used to achieve the results desired, but each has its own advantages and disadvantages. 

Open Rhinoplasty

The open technique utilizes an incision on the columella, the small flap of skin separating the nostrils, providing greater access to the nasal structures. Plastic surgeons are often able to correct more severe deformities and provide more precise corrections using the open technique. It does leave a visible scar at the bottom of the nose, however, the small scar will fade and become less noticeable over time.

Closed Rhinoplasty

The closed technique uses incisions placed inside the nostril which are not visible and thus no noticeable scar. In addition, there is often less swelling and less recovery time. However, only milder nasal issues can be addressed using this approach. 

Common Nose Traits and Procedures by Ethnicity

Ethnic nose jobs can be divided into four different categories based on the ethnicity of the person undergoing the rhinoplasty. Each ethnicity tends to have similar complaints about their noses and this leads to a common group of procedures for each ethnicity to correct these issues and help redefine the appearance of the nose. 

African American Rhinoplasty

An African American nose will typically have certain anatomic features that are the typical issues many patients have to correct. These include:

  • A wide and flat nasal bridge
  • A bulbous tip of the nose
  • Nostril flaring
  • Thick nasal skin 
  • Weak nasal cartilage

These common complaints lead to the best rhinoplasty surgeons recommending a variety of common procedures. These can include:

  • Alar reductions to reduce the width of the lower third of the nose
  • Elevation and narrowing of the nasal bridge
  • Redefining the tip of the nose

The most complicated aspect of these procedures is to not undercorrect or overcorrect any aspects of the procedure that can ruin the symmetry of the nose. Therefore, the ethnic rhinoplasty experience of Casas Aesthetics Plastic Surgery makes it the ideal place to have these procedures done.

Hispanic and Latino Rhinoplasty

Certain anatomical characteristics commonly seen in Hispanic and Latino patients include:

  • A dorsal nasal hump
  • A bulbous tip of the nose
  • Weak septal cartilage
  • Think nasal tissues
  • Wide nasal base

These characteristics can lead to the following procedures being performed based on the needs of the patient. Common procedures include:

  • Redefining the tip of the nose
  • Reducing the width of the bottom third of the nose
  • Reducing the appearance of a dorsal hump

Dr. Laurie A. Casas utilizes her significant experience and extensive training to provide dramatic improvements without altering the beauty of the patient’s cultural heritage.

Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty

Patients of Middle Eastern ethnicity often feel their noses are too big and too droopy. This results from distinct characteristics that are commonly seen such as:

  • A dorsal hump
  • Underdevelopment of the bony portion of the nose between the eyes
  • Elevation of the nasal bridge
  • A deviated septum
  • An underdeveloped tip of the nose 

To correct these characteristics of the nose, many of the best ethnic rhinoplasty plastic surgeons will recommend the following procedures:

  • Reducing the dorsal hump and lowering the nasal bridge
  • Elevating the bony portion of the nose between the eyes
  • Straightening the nose
  • Redefine the tip of the nose

The goal of many ethnic rhinoplasties in Middle Eastern patients is to reduce the nose and provide a more defined appearance. 

Asian Rhinoplasty

Patients of Asian ethnicity often have noses with a wider, shorter appearance with less projection. This is often due to the following characteristics:

  • A low and flat nasal bridge
  • Wide and bulbous tip of the nose
  • Wide nostrils
  • Thick skin of the nose
  • Thin nasal septum

This group of characteristics often requires the plastic surgeon to perform the following procedures to alter the appearance of the nose:

  • Reducing the width of the bottom third of the nose
  • Elevate the bridge of the nose
  • Reduce the tip of the nose and increase its definition

Restoring the overall symmetry requires understanding the complex nature of the multiple procedures to ensure each is performed correctly. The in-depth experience of Dr. Laurie Casas has played an essential role in ensuring the best outcome for her Asian patients. 

Recovery from Surgery

The healing process after an ethnic nose job may change depending on the extent of the procedure and whether an open or closed procedure is performed. Additionally, everyone’s body heals at different rates so it is important to follow your surgeon’s recovery plan to ensure the best results.

However, the recovery from an ethnic rhinoplasty will take around 7–10 days, during this time it is common to experience swelling, bruising, discomfort, nausea, and nasal congestion. The nose may be wrapped in bandages and a splint. This helps to protect the nose and ensure the results are maintained directly after the procedure.

After the first week to ten days, most patients are able to return to work or school. At this point, you may be able to return to exercise and most activities, but it is important to check with your surgeon before starting any exercise. 

As the swelling improves after your procedure, the results of the procedure will progressively be more visible. After three to six months, dramatic improvements in the nose will be noticeable, but it may take a full 12–18 months to appreciate the final results. 

Cost of Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Chicago

The cost of an ethnic nose job in Chicago can depend on many different factors and there is a wide range in the overall costs. The main factors determining the costs include the surgeon’s experience and expertise, plastic surgeons with more experience are often in more demand and will be more expensive.

The geographical location of your surgery will also play a role in the overall cost of the procedure. Large cities, such as Chicago, will experience a much higher demand for cosmetic procedures resulting in increased costs. 

During your initial consultation at Casas Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dr. Casas will develop an individualized approach to your nose job and provide you with the total cost of the procedure and discuss any financing options available for the procedure. 

Schedule a Consultation at Casas Aesthetics Plastic Surgery

If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose, transform its appearance while preserving your cultural identity and improving the natural symmetry of the face. Schedule a consultation at Casas Aesthetics Plastic Surgery, where you will receive extraordinary care and a personalized approach to achieving the best results.

To schedule a consultation today, call our office at 847-657-6884.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic and traditional rhinoplasties are both nose jobs performed using an open or closed technique. However, in ethnic rhinoplasties, plastic surgeons must pay attention to the different structural variations between caucasian and non-caucasian nasal anatomy. Achieving the unique nasal structure and facial features associated with ethnic populations provides a more natural appearance.    The goal of an ethnic rhinoplasty is to improve the symmetry and appearance of the nose without diminishing the natural beauty of the patient's ethnic characteristics. These procedures are more complicated than traditional nose jobs, requiring specialized techniques to achieve optimal results. Therefore, ethnic nose jobs should only be entrusted to surgeons with experience and a high level of surgical skills performing these procedures. 
Yes, it is common for patients to combine additional facial procedures with an ethnic rhinoplasty to help achieve their desired results. This can include surgical and non-surgical procedures such as the use of dermal fillers.  During the initial consultation with a plastic surgeon in Pittsburgh, discussing your goals regarding ethnic rhinoplasty will allow the surgeon to determine if any additional surgeries are needed to achieve the desired results. Combining procedures helps to maximize cosmetic results while minimizing the downtime associated with separate procedures.  Procedures that are commonly used in conjunction with an ethnic nose job include:
  • Injectables. Dermal fillers and botox injections can be used to smooth wrinkles to provide a more youthful appearance.
  • Cheek augmentation. The use of facial fat transfers or cheek implants can help restore volume loss in the cheeks and dramatically improve your appearance.
  • Chin augmentation. The addition of a chin implant and/or dermal fillers can help to improve the overall symmetry of the face after a nose job.
Combining additional procedures can change the recovery process. It is essential to discuss this with your surgeon to ensure you understand the amount of downtime needed. 
Unlike cosmetic surgeries that require touch-ups or their results fade over time, the results of an ethnic rhinoplasty will last a lifetime. Because of the lasting results, it is vital to select a plastic surgeon with experience performing these procedures. When choosing a surgeon, consider the following aspects to ensure the surgeon is right for you.
  • Consider how many ethnic rhinoplasties the surgeon has performed. Experience performing these procedures is invaluable and often correlates with improved results.
  • Inquire as to when the last time the surgeon performed this procedure. Surgeons who perform ethnic rhinoplasties relatively frequently are able to keep their skills sharp. 
  • Evaluate pre and post-op photos. This provides you with an idea of the results the surgeon is able to achieve before stepping foot in their office.
  • Read the reviews. The reviews provide insight into how previous patients were treated and if they were satisfied.
  • Make sure you feel comfortable with the surgeon. Feeling confident in the surgeon and comfortable discussing sensitive topics is essential to building a strong patient-doctor relationship.  
Ethnic rhinoplasties are a big investment and the results are permanent. Therefore, it is essential to do your research before proceeding with the procedure to ensure the best results possible. 
Initially, an ethnic rhinoplasty procedure will require a downtime of 7–10 days after which you can return to work or school. During this time, patients will experience swelling, bruising, discomfort, nasal congestion, and nausea. However, medications will be provided to help reduce the discomfort and make the recovery as comfortable as possible. After the procedure, the nose will be wrapped in bandages and possibly a splint. This helps to protect the nose and ensure the results are maintained directly after the procedure.   Swelling is a big component of recovery. Therefore, it is important to sleep with your head above your heart during the first two to three weeks after the surgery. Exercise should also be avoided for the initial two weeks or more, your doctor will advise you when it is safe to resume activities. The outcomes of the procedure will progressively look better every day, but the overall results may not be fully appreciated until 6–18 months after the procedure.
An ethnic rhinoplasty can improve the appearance of the nose by:
  • Refining the tip of the nose
  • Removing dorsal humps
  • Improving nasal symmetry
  • Correct breathing issues and abnormalities
  • Reduce the width of the nasal bridge
  • Improving facial harmony with a more defined, attractive nose
Depending on your needs, an ethnic nose job can redefine the appearance of your nose without compromising the features that define your cultural background. Ethnic rhinoplasties can improve your insecurities and provide a boost in your self-confidence.  

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