When Asian rhinoplasty is discussed, the focus is typically on East Asian rhinoplasty, which involves different features from South Asian and East Indian rhinoplasty. While each nose is unique, sometimes common features can help surgeons predict rhinoplasty outcomes and provide each patient with a natural result that does not erase ethnic identity. So what are some of the features surgeons often encounter in patients of South Asian descent?
Wide Nasal Bridge
Many patients with wide nasal bridges want a narrower nose to change the balance and harmony of the face. Sometimes, a wide bridge is accompanied by overprojection, while other times, it is necessary for the surgeon to build up the nose with cartilage grafts to add projection to a flat nose.
Under-Defined Nasal Tip
An under-defined nasal tip can affect the look of the whole face. While working with an under-defined tip can prove difficult, the final results are often dramatic, improving the overall balance and aesthetics of the face.
Thick skin is common among Indian and other South Asian groups, which can pose a challenge for surgeons. Thick skin tends to scar more readily than thinner skin and does not drape as easily over the nasal structure. Thicker skin has more weight to it as well, causing more pressure on the nasal bones and cartilage. However, thicker skin can help disguise any potential protrusions in the nasal structure that could spoil the final outcome.
As with many other groups, a chief complaint among prospective rhinoplasty patients of South Asian descent is a hump or bump on the nasal bridge. Other concerns include a nose that is too large or wide, drooping nasaltip, and crookedness or asymmetry. Rhinoplasty can address all of these issues, as well as a number of breathing problems and nasal deformities.
Naturally, every patient is different, and many South Asian patients do not have nasal features that match the trends outlined above. This is why rhinoplasty is such a complex procedure, requiring a custom approach to each case.
The goal of South Asian rhinoplasty, and other ethnic rhinoplasty, is to maintain ethnic identity while addressing the aesthetic and functional concerns of the patient. Ethnic rhinoplasty is not intended to “Westernize” the features, and the best outcome of rhinoplasty is a nose that is balanced and in harmony with the rest of the facial features. During consultations with rhinoplasty surgeons, patients will typically have a chance to view a digital preview of their results, a rough estimate that helps doctor and patient get on the same page about the surgery. Realistic expectations are key, as these images are merely a goal rather than an image of the actual results. Patients with realistic expectations, clear goals, and the help of a skilled surgeon are usually very pleased with their results.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Toronto
If you are of non-Caucasian or mixed race heritageand are looking for a surgeon who understands your nasal anatomy and specific needs for rhinoplasty, you’ll want to seek help from a surgeon who has experience with a diverse patient base and is well-versed in ethnic rhinoplasty. Each surgery is unique and complex, requiring a surgeon with the skill, experience, and artistry to create a beautiful, natural, and balanced result for each patient. For the best in ethnic rhinoplasty in the Toronto area, come to Revesse and meet with acclaimed rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Robert A. Mounsey. Dr. Mounsey will assess your candidacy and nasal structure before designing a plan with you to create a nose that suits you. For more information, call Revesse at 416-438-2499 today to schedule your consultation.