Plastic Surgery
What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
Feb 5, 2014 - 10:25:41 AM

( - Ethnic Rhinoplasty is the term applied to nose surgery as it relates to those with unique nasal structures specific to an ethnicity, commonly African American, Asian, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern patients. Some patients may be interested in Westernization of the nose, where the feature is altered according to how that person interprets beauty ideals of this region of the world; however, most patients prefer to improve the internal structures of the nose if necessary (due to a deviated septum, or other breathing and comfort issues), and refine the visible exterior of the nose alongside the corrections or as a standalone procedure, all the while retaining their sense of ethnic identity. Because a typical Caucasian nose may appear out of place amongst the other ethnic features of the face, most patients wish to preserve their traditional looks, including a more aesthetically appealing version of their nose.

Different ethnicities share common traits, and Dr. Frankel is familiar with the various nasal anatomies amongst various patients. For example, African American, Asian and Hispanic patients typically have thicker skin of the nose than others, so underlying changes may have to be more significant in these patients to be visible through the overlying skin. Focusing on refinements to the tip of the nose may be the most difficult, yet aesthetically important aspect of the surgery. The doctor must also ensure that the newly defined structure is supported.

Patients of varying ethnicities will have different requests that are common among their ethnic group. African American noses tend to be wider and larger at the base, two common issues that patients request to be altered prior to surgery for rhinoplasty. During Asian rhinoplasty, patients often ask for the doctor to raise the height of the bridge while narrowing the nostrils and extending the tip of the nose. Hispanic patients may request a narrowing of the nostrils and more definition at the tip. Some Hispanic patients may have low bridges that require raising, while others may need a dorsal hump shaved down. Middle Eastern patients display a variety of noses, though often the dorsal hump is shaved down, and tip refinements are made.

In order to maintain a person's ethnic appearance, the patient may choose not to undergo further facial plastic surgeries. In addition, Dr. Frankel may work conservatively to preserve as much of the original structure as aesthetics permit. Ethnicities are also determined by skin tone and hair color, which are two permanent fixtures of a person's body.

Dr. Frankel is board certified in both Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (ear, nose and throat), a combination of proven skills that allows the doctor to correct both form and function of the nose. If you are interested in speaking with the doctor about this type of rhinoplasty or others, contact the office at (310) 552-2173, or relay your concerns through the website's Contact page.


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