Question: I read where rhinoplasty is different for patients of different ethnicities. How is this so for Hispanics?
Answer: Rhinoplasty is quite different depending on your ethnicity. Especially in modern multicultural societies, quite often people are mixed of different ethnicities and it’s important that the rhinoplasty surgeon be skilled at managing all of these different patients. For example, a patient may come in and he may be “Caucasian,” but he may have a mother or father who’s Asian or they may have a grandfather who’s Italian or a great grandfather who’s Hispanic. All of these things go into the appearance of the nose and the surgeon must be able to take into account the different ethnicities in order to get the best result for the patient. For Hispanics, compared to other ethnicities, they may have skin that needs to be managed differently in order to get the best sculpted results. Also, the shape of the tip may need to be managed specifically in order to have an aesthetic appearance. The underlying cartilage and bone also needs to be managed appropriately so that the changes can be sculpted so that the appearance of the nose is aesthetically pleasing. It’s also important for the surgeon to make sure the results look natural and the patient still remains within their natural ethnicity. If the surgeon is not cognizant of these facts, he may over-resect or perform other maneuvers which make the nose look unnatural.