There are many different types of rhinoplasty, and some of the terms to describe these procedures can be quite confusing. Ethnic rhinoplasty, for example, is a term used to describe any type of non-Caucasian rhinoplasty. However, many people confuse this type of rhinoplasty with Westernization rhinoplasty, a different procedure that also only applies to non-Caucasian patients. If you are a non-Caucasian patient seeking rhinoplasty, it is important to have an understanding of these terms, and be able to communicate your goals for the procedure with your future plastic surgeon. So what is the difference between ethnic rhinoplasty and Westernization rhinoplasty, and how do these terms align with your goals for your surgery?
Ethnic Rhinoplasty: Retaining Ethnic Identity
Ethnic rhinoplasty describes a rhinoplasty procedure for non-Caucasian patients that has the goal of making the desired improvements that the patient is seeking, while simultaneously retaining the ethnic identity and heritage of the patient. Each culture has its own distinct nasal characteristics, and most people do not want to completely erase their distinctive aesthetic. This is the most common procedure that non-Caucasian patients seek.
Westernization Rhinoplasty: Pursuing a Specific Look
Less common, but still worthy of note (especially since some attach a stigma to the procedure) is Westernization rhinoplasty. This is a procedure with the goal of changing the nose to give it more “Western” features, such as a slightly upturned nasal tip, slim profile, and straight bridge (for women). People who seek this procedure often experience criticism for wanting to wipe out distinctive ethnic traits, but everyone has the right to choose the type of results they would like from plastic surgery.
Facial Harmony and Balance
No matter what the individual goals of the procedure are, rhinoplasty is a great tool for improving facial balance, symmetry, and proportion, all of which influence our judgements of facial aesthetics. Rhinoplasty is customized to help each patient achieve a nasal aesthetic that contributes to a beautiful facial balance and harmony between the facial features. This is one of the reasons most non-Caucasian patients seek to preserve their nose’s unique qualities: it simply makes the facial aesthetics look more harmonious and natural.
Identity and Self-Esteem
Rhinoplasty can have a huge impact on both identity and self-esteem, and while most people are thrilled with the changes they see from the procedure, it is also possible for patients to be surprised by the degree of change they see and have a period of adjustment following surgery. This is why it is important for patients to have realistic expectations and be ready to face some unexpected emotions.
Customizing Your Procedure
As one of the most custom plastic procedures available, the planning phase of rhinoplasty is extremely important to the success of the procedure. Communication between patient and surgeon is key for a successful result, and patients are encouraged to choose a surgeon who is not only qualified, but with whom they can develop rapport and trust. This will help to ensure communication is smooth and the patient’s custom goals for the procedure are met.
Choosing the Right Surgeon
When you’ve figured out your goals for surgery, and you’re ready to move forward, it’s time to start the difficult process of choosing your surgeon. Rhinoplasty is an extremely complex procedure, as the nose has an enormous impact on the overall aesthetics of the face, and must be customized to suit each patient’s needs.
Choosing the right plastic surgeon for you requires a great deal of research and effort. You should only consult with board certified facial plastic surgeons who specialize in rhinoplasty, especially for people with non-Caucasian backgrounds. Many surgeons are not well-versed in serving a diverse patient base, and it will serve you to choose a plastic surgeon with extensive experience in ethnic rhinoplasty.
Dr. Robert A Mounsey is a renowned rhinoplasty expert in the Toronto area, with many years of experience in helping patients reach their goals. If you would like to schedule a consultation to discuss your procedure with Dr. Mounsey at Revesse in Toronto, call 416.438.2499 today.