An ethnic rhinoplasty procedure is designed to give a "Western" appearing nose by adding more height to the nose, changing the nose profile, changing the nostril shape, narrowing the nose, and/or creating a sharper nose tip. In order to achieve this look, it is common to have to harvest rib or ear cartilage to achieve increased height or projection. An ethnic rhinoplasty can be performed with either an open or closed approach.
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About the Procedure
Ethnic rhinoplasties are performed to create a more "Western" looking nose. For most patients, this means increasing the nasal height, reshaping the nostrils, narrowing the bridge, or creating a sharper tip. Depending on the features desired, a liquid rhinoplasty can achieve temporary results for a more prominent nose. An ethnic rhinoplasty can be performed with either an open or closed approach but will likely also include the harvesting of cartilage from the rib or ear to create the new nose shape. If an open approach is used, an incision will be made at the columella, just beneath the tip of the nose. The nose will then be retracted backwards, dissecting the nose cartilage with care being taken to not incise the medial crura, the cartilage that separates the nostrils. The flap will be raised off of the nose for maximum exposure and work can now be done to reshape the nasal tip, bridge, nostrils, or septum repair. Once completed, the flap will be redraped over the bone framework and external contouring and shaping is completed. The incision will be closed with sutures and an external splint or cast will be placed over the nose. If a closed approach is used, incisions will be made on the inside of the nose. The nasal structure will not be exposed which means decreased visualization for the surgeon, however postoperative scarring will be hidden and discreet. The addition of an endoscope may be used during a closed rhinoplasty to increase visualization. When repair has been completed, sutures will close incisions and an external splint or cast will be placed over the nose.
The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is to achieve facial harmony by changing the shape, size or angle of the nose in order to achieve a more "Western" looking nose.
What to Expect
An ethnic rhinoplasty typically focuses on adding more height to the nose, changing the nose profile, changing the nostril shape, narrowing the nose, and/or creating a sharper nose tip. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an ethnic rhinoplasty.
- Stop taking blood thinning medications for 2 weeks
- Stop smoking 2 weeks before and after surgery
- Limit sun exposure for 2 weeks
- Do not eat or drink anything 6 hours prior
- Purchase all recovery items beforehand
During Treatment: Closed Technique
- General or local anesthesia with sedation
- Incisions made on the nasal membrane in varying locations to access different parts of the nose
- Nose is reshaped and refined
- Sutures to close incisions
- External splint or cast will be placed over the nose
Recovery from an ethnic rhinoplasty will vary and be dependent on the method used and expanse of work completed. With either technique, an external splint will likely be applied to help support the underlying nasal framework for approximately 1 week. Facial bruising and teeth numbness is common and typically resolves within 2 weeks. Nasal swelling will continue to resolve over the next month. The nose itself will continue to heal over the 1-1.5 years. Makeup may be worn once the cast is removed.
The ideal candidate for ethnic rhinoplasty is in generally good health, is of non-caucasian descent, nose has reached adult size, and is self conscious of their nose shape, size, or angle.
Not Recommended For
Ethnic rhinoplasty is not recommended for candidates who have not physically stopped growing or for patients who are not psychologically ready for the physical changes after surgery.
Side effects from an ethnic rhinoplasty may include numbness, nosebleeds, scarring, swelling, bursting of small blood vessels on the surface of the skin, permanent nerve damage, and under or over correction that necessitates revision rhinoplasty.