Ethnicity plays a large role in the shape of the nose. There are traits associated with most ethnic noses which may impact how a rhinoplasty procedure is performed. For individuals of Asian descent, the most common concerns with the nose shape are the nostril width and height of the bridge. At Dallas Facial Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. Stefan Shuaib offers Asian rhinoplasty to address cosmetic nose concerns for our Asian patients.
Ethnic rhinoplasty is distinct from other types of rhinoplasties, as the changes typically desired require different techniques to achieve. Unlike other ethnicities that want to reshape the nasal tip or reduce the bridge height, this is usually not the case with Asian nose job patients. Typically, alar base reduction, or narrowing of the nostrils, is more common during Asian rhinoplasties and bridge augmentation is frequently required.
Smaller or flatter noses are a common concern with Asian rhinoplasty patients. To create the desired nose height and width, various types of dorsal grafts may be utilized. Dr. Shuaib uses different types of cartilage grafts for bridge augmentation in Asian rhinoplasty procedures, including septum or rib cartilage.
Ethnic Nose Job Techniques
Many ethnic nose jobs require specialized techniques to achieve the desired results. Dr. Stefan Shuaib is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in advanced rhinoplasty techniques. Since many ethnic noses tend to have thicker skin, he uses methods to create tension to create better definition with the nose shaping procedure. Most Asian rhinoplasty procedures are performed using the “open” method to allow for the detailed changes to be made to the bridge height and alar base.
Dr. Shuaib has extensive artistic and surgical skills for reshaping all types of noses. For his patients, he uses methods that can decrease bruising and reduce recovery times. He does not use nasal packing, which is more comfortable during the healing phase.
If you are interested in learning more about ethnic or Asian rhinoplasty, contact us at Dallas Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Irving, TX, to book your appointment. We can schedule a personal rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Shuaib to discuss your procedure.
- How is rhinoplasty performed?
Rhinoplasty involves changing the shape of the nose. Grafts are utilized to achieve desired changes. Grafts help shape the nose and hold it in place to not deteriorate over time. Grafts are taken frequently from the septum. Occasionally grafts are taken from the ear or the temporal region. For revision rhinoplasty or for significant bridge augmentation, rib grafts are needed.
Occasionally Allograft is utilized as a graft. This is a donor rib cartilage that has been processed to be used in surgery. There is no rejection risk for the allograft, it alleviates the need to harvest cartilage from a secondary site, and it can shorten the duration of the surgery.
My rhinoplasties are mainly performed “open”. What that means is that there will be a small three mm incision over the columella. This incision heals extremely well and is almost invisible 3-6 months after the surgery. If there is a nostril reduction or “alar base reduction” planned, there will be additional incisions on the outside of the nostrils. These incisions are hidden in a natural skin fold and heal very well.
- Will there be bruising?
There may be mild bruising which resolves after 7-10 days. Easily concealed with light make up.
- Will there be a lot of pain?
Typically pain is mild to moderate. Vast majority of patients do not require pain medicine 2 days after the operation.