A focused and specialized field of rhinoplasty is that of ethnic rhinoplasty. This field gives attention to the typical nose shapes of different cultures. In searching for a surgeon to adapt a typical type of Asian nose, they must specialize in this surgery and not dismiss it as the same nose types.
The patient’s ethnicity is important to consider, as well as the shape of the face and the actual body type and height of the patient. Both repositioning of the nostrils and building up the bridge of the nose are among the most common wants of Asian Rhinoplasty.
What Is Asian Rhinoplasty?
If your surgeon has not had a history of operating on Asian type noses, find another. The surgery is much different than that of a typical Caucasian nose. This focused technique is rapidly evolving and is requiring surgeons to become more acquainted with this type of surgery and understand new techniques for each ethnic group.
One of the main complaints of an Asian nose is the lack of a bridge on the nose, this has resulted in some higher end sunglass manufacturers to offer an alternate nose piece known as the Asian nose piece. Also, some other complaints include wide nostrils and flat nose, elongating the nose or lengthening the tip of the nose is also a common request.
What Are The Specific Characteristics?
Successful Asian rhinoplasty will consider the wants to fit in with an American lifestyle, while preserving the individual ethnic features of their origin. With this in mind, the operation will work well with the face shape, eyes, eyebrows and chin. Some specific Asian characteristics are a very small nose bridge, larger nostrils and a flatness to the nose.
Sitting flatter and deeper on the face, than a Caucasian nose, an augmentation may be required. The tip of the nose is commonly bulbous and the cheek bones have a very little projection, these and more concerns must be accounted for before attempting an Asian rhinoplasty.
How Is It Done?
When repositioning the nostrils, by narrowing the gap between nostrils often eliminates the width look. To lessening the flatness of the nose, the use of Gore-tex or silicone may be implanted to raise the bridge. Material may also be harvested from the patient, such as cartilage from the ear in place of silicone or soft tissue to graph over an open approach.
Another part of the nose to consider is the length of the nose, short noses are common in Asian people and require a lengthening and tipping of the nasolabial angle. This may take a few operations to achieve the right angle. By understanding the basic differences of an Asian nose, compared to a Caucasian nose, the importance of using a surgeon aware of these differences is vitally important.
How Do You Choose The Best Surgeon?
Choosing the best surgeon is the most important first step. It is important to find an experienced surgeon, versed in Asian nose alterations. Many things need to be considered and should not be disregarded as the same type of alterations as a Caucasian nose.
Making sure of the surgeons credentials by checking his affiliations is the next step. He should be a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and be Board certified. It is important to understand the difference of a medical degree, a board certification and a state license, they are all separate qualifications and should not be confused.
Who Are The Best Candidates?
Many times alterations on Caucasian noses are done to make them smaller.However, this may not be the same end result with an Asian alteration. Many times it is to make them longer or larger, and provide more height and prominence to the area, including the cheeks.
The criteria for a good candidate is someone who is healthy, does not smoke and has a good realization of what the operation can provide. If the expectations of the patient are unrealistic, they should not be accepted as a good candidate for rhinoplasty.