Ethnic Rhinoplasty to Reshape your Nose

Date posted: 29 December, 2017
Posted by: Mr Jag Chana
ethnic rhinoplasty to reshape your nose

According to recent research, we look in the mirror at least eight times a day, so if there’s a certain facial feature you’re unhappy with it stands to reason you’ll notice this each time you take a glance in the mirror. For some patients, it’s the size of their breasts, or the how ageing is affecting their face, but for many patients, it’s the shape and size of their nose. Rhinoplasty surgery remains one of the most sought-after cosmetic surgeries in Europe, but there’s also a growing trend emerging for patients seeking ethnic rhinoplasty surgery to improve their self-esteem.

Differences between procedures can arise for patients of different ethnicities, and therefore rhinoplasty surgery will often be performed somewhat differently based on the anatomical variation of the nose between different ethnic groups. An intricate surgical procedure, ethnic rhinoplasty – like all forms of surgical nose reshaping – requires a highly skilled surgeon to guarantee the best results. Aside from the technical skill of a plastic surgeon, finding one that understands the complexity and differences of ethnic rhinoplasty are important.

Initially conceived for patients looking for ‘Westernise’ their appearance, ethnic rhinoplasty has become increasingly requested in recent years. However, it is now a more refined surgical procedure, consisting of subtle work that maintains the racial identity of the patient whilst changing the structure of one or more areas of the nose. Rhinoplasty can no longer be considered a ‘one-size-fits-all’ form of cosmetic surgery, and the techniques used to alter the size and/or shape of a patient’s nose depends on various factors. Rhinoplasty differs between ethnicities due to the various subtle anatomical differences of nasal structure. For example, Asian patients often have a lack of support to the nasal tip which exaggerates the appearance of a dorsal hump. In order to correct this, a graft is often needed to provide tip support in such patients in addition to removing the dorsal hump. Afro-Caribbean patients will have a quite a flat nose with wide nostrils. In this group, grafts are often needed to ‘build up’ or augment the nasal bridge line combined with surgery to reduce the size of the nostrils.

Achieving a natural result that is suited to the face of the individual patient remains the end goal of rhinoplasty surgery; ethnic rhinoplasty is no different in that respect. A bespoke treatment plan is especially imperative during ethnic rhinoplasty, as each race and skin type needs a slightly different treatment. In most cases, ethnic rhinoplasty surgery is performed using an ‘open’ technique, which means the main incision will be made on the columella which is the skin bridge between nostril. The skin is then lifted to allow the surgeon full access for surgical restructuring to take place. Although some very minor hidden scarring may occur using the open rhinoplasty technique, it is widely considered the best option for precise results.

Once the incision has been made the tissues are sculpted to improve the nose shape. A number of modifications may be made to the bone and cartilage to improve both the size and width of the nose while at the same time addressing the normal balance of proportions to the rest of the face.
Once your rhinoplasty surgery is complete there will be a detailed aftercare plan to follow, as with any other form of nose reshaping surgery. A cast or a dressing to wear is common after this form of surgery and you should avoid vigorous movement for several days to reduce any swelling or bleeding. It’s advised you also sleep upright for the first few days, as this helps reduce swelling and improve healing time.

Ethnic rhinoplasty to reshape your nose
A consultation with Mr Chana will give you a chance to understand more about ethnic rhinoplasty and also meet him before surgery. He will be able to give you information specific to your individual needs and wishes, and he will be happy to answer any questions or concerns about the surgery or recovery process you might have. Email the clinic today for more information.



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