Despite rhinoplasty being a very well-known and popular cosmetic procedure, many potential patients are apprehensive to have it because their racial or ethnic backgrounds. They may be afraid that the results of the procedure may look too artificial or that they will face a stigma within their community.
Non-Caucasians have different have diverse nasal bone structures, and are not necessarily looking for a European look when they consider nose surgery. Most want changes that fit in with the common facial features in their ethnic group.The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is to preserve the features of the ethnic group including bone structure, skin color, and skin thickness, while satisfying the patient’s desires.
Non-white patients should understand how their nose differs from the European nose in order to have realistic expectations of what to expect after the procedure. African Americans typically have flatter noses with a wider nasal base. Asians have small, wide noses with oval nostrils. Middle Eastern noses tend to have a prominent concave profile.
A patient seeking an ethnic rhinoplasty should first seek out physicians who specialize in ethnic rhinoplasty. The should have a significant number of before and after images in their offices or on their website of the results of ethnic procedures. Patients should also learn about their ethnic group’s features enough to have a general idea of what can and cannot be realistically done to their noses. Bringing your physician images of noses from people from your ethnic group that you like is an excellent way to express your desires to your physician. He or she will be able to determine if those goals are feasible.
After having the procedure, ethic patients should be aware that their healing time for a rhinoplasty may be longer than that of a patient of European descent. Skin thickness and color will affect healing and scarring. An experienced physician will be the best judge of final results had healing times.