African American Rhinoplasty
Your ethnicity affects your facial traits, especially the nose. Every ethnic group has specific traits that may impact the nose size and shape, and every ethnic group also has individuals that want to change their nose shape. Ethnic rhinoplasty is used to reshape the nose while retaining the ethnicity – these procedures can vary greatly, depending on the patient. At Dallas Facial Plastic Surgery Center in Irving, TX, we offer all types of ethnic nose jobs, including African American rhinoplasty.
There are many different types of African noses and various concerns about the size and shape. The goal with all rhinoplasty procedures, regardless of patient ethnicity, is to create a nose that is balanced with the other facial features. The nose should not attract attention but allow other features like the eyes and lips to take prominence. The difference is nose jobs are the specific methods that may be required to achieve the desired outcome.
Using the same surgical techniques to reshape the nose will not obtain excellent results. Dr. Stefan Shuaib is an experienced and double board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty procedures. Dr. Shuaib is double board certified in Facial Plastic Surgery and in Head and Neck Surgery. He is meticulous in customizing his approach to each patients’ ethnicity and desired outcome. This can include using specific techniques that address exaggerated traits that would not be used on noses of different ethnicities.
Black Nose Job Procedures
Understanding the traits of a black nose can ensure the best results are obtained. Some patients may have thicker nasal tip skin and a fatty layer that impact the nose shape. Carefully removing this layer can refine the nose and help achieve a more attractive appearance. Dr. Shuaib commonly uses an open rhinoplasty method for black nose jobs to address the bridge and nasal tip, and he utilizes grafting to elevate the bridge if required. Some African American patients have minimal septal cartilage and may require a rib cartilage graft or an allograft.
Dr. Shuaib has obtained phenomenal aesthetic results performing African American rhinoplasty. He also makes the procedure more comfortable for the patient by eliminating nasal packing and utilizing methods that make recovery quicker with less bruising. If you want to learn more about our nose job procedures at Dallas Facial Plastic Surgery Center, contact our Irving, TX, location to schedule a black rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Shuaib.
- 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.