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Get the Answers to Your Questions About Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Jacky Gale | October 19, 2017 | Posted in Rhinoplasty Surgery

comparison of young black woman before and after nose surgeryMany plastic surgery patients of non-Caucasian heritage are concerned with maintaining their ethnic identity after a nose job. In the past, surgeons tended to perform rhinoplasty with the image of the typical Caucasian nose in mind. This may work for some people, but ideally, any plastic surgery should be individually tailored to each patient. That’s why people of ethnic backgrounds other than Caucasian may want to choose a plastic surgeon who has experience performing ethnic rhinoplasties, such as Dr. Thomas Loeb in Manhattan, NYC.

Rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery performed on the nose. It may be done for functional reasons (deviated septum) or aesthetic purposes—or both. Patients have been getting rhinoplasties for decades, but the technique has, fortunately, evolved considerably from its early days.

What is an ethnic rhinoplasty?

An ethnic rhinoplasty is a surgical nose alteration that is customized to flatter the faces of people of different ethnic backgrounds, such as African-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Hispanic-Americans, as well as those of Middle Eastern descent. Essentially, an ethnic rhinoplasty is the term used to describe a rhinoplasty performed on anyone who is not of Caucasian descent.

Why are all other ethnicities grouped together?

The term is a little misleading, as the typical features that are characteristic of someone from one ethnic group aren’t necessarily characteristic of another. Although ethnic rhinoplasty is the commonly used umbrella term, a good plastic surgeon nyc will apply a different set of criteria to each patient to fit his or her needs.

What are some common concerns with ethnic rhinoplasties?

The purpose of an ethnic rhinoplasty is to reshape the nose to meet the patient’s aesthetic requirements, while retaining the key characteristics that are often found within that ethnic group. In other words, an African-American patient undergoing rhinoplasty won’t end up with a nose that looks Caucasian, and vice versa. The trick is to make adjustments that seem perfectly natural and flattering to the face. Balance is crucial.

Is an ethnic rhinoplasty right for me?

This is a question that only you and your plastic surgeon can answer together. When you attend a consultation, you’ll discuss your aesthetic goals, and perhaps also your functional or medical concerns. Good candidates are those who have reasonable expectations for the outcome of the surgery. Meanwhile, your surgeon will primarily be concerned with whether you:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Are a non-smoker
  • Have a nose that has reached physical maturity
  • Fully understand what to expect from the surgery and its recovery

What should I do if I’m interested in an ethnic rhinoplasty?

The reshaping of the nose is a particularly tricky sort of plastic surgery, given that there are functional concerns (breathing) as well as aesthetic preferences. It’s essential to work with a plastic surgeon with a long history of successful rhinoplasties and satisfied patients. That’s why discerning patients go to Dr. Thomas Loeb in Manhattan, New York.

Dr. Thomas Loeb brings his considerable technical skills and artistic credentials to every plastic surgery he performs. He invites individuals who are considering having an ethnic rhinoplasty nyc to schedule a one-on-one, confidential consult in his New York City office. Call 212.327.3700, and ask us about our affordable financing options for NYC rhinoplasty and tip rhinoplasty patients and out-of-town visitors.

More “ethnic rhinoplasty” resources:

  1. American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Rhinoplasty, https://www.plasticsurgery.org/cosmetic-procedures/rhinoplasty
  2. Mayo Clinic, Rhinoplasty, http://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/rhinoplasty/home/ovc-20179200
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