Ethnic Rhinoplasty is a Growing Trend

As one of the most popular plastic surgeries, the number of rhinoplasties (nose jobs) performed has increased dramatically among all ethnicities. The goal of plastic surgery is to meld a person's original features with any surgical alterations. This is especially important in such a prominent feature — the nose.

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    Rhinoplasty is the medical term for a common nose job.
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    Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed plastic surgeries.
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    Though rhinoplasty's goal is to change the shape and appearance of the nose, it should look natural with the rest of the face.
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    Ethnic rhinoplasty recognizes that different ethnicities have differently shaped noses.
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    Ethnic rhinoplasty is another way of saying a non-Caucasian nose job.

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, has been one of the most popular plastic surgeries for many years. Your nose is often your most prominent feature and often something we focus on when we look in the mirror. Rhinoplasty can change the shape and angles of your nose.

Why have rhinoplasty?

Sometimes, we don't like what we see in the mirror. So many people fix what they don't like about their nose — commonly, size and shape — by having rhinoplasty. They do so with the hope of improving the aesthetics of their face.

Septoplasty is often done at the same time as a rhinoplasty. This procedure repairs abnormalities of the septum — the cartilage and bone that separates the nostrils. Often, the septum is deviated to one side or the other, causing breathing issues. A septoplasty fixes this issue, improving the ability to breathe through the nose.

What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

While rhinoplasty is a relatively safe procedure, it does come with some risks, including the following:

  • Changes in skin sensation or color.
  • Asymmetry.
  • Infection.
  • Scarring.
  • Breathing difficulties.
  • Hole in the septum.
  • Need for further surgeries.
  • Poor wound healing.

Recovering from rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty does not require a long recovery time. Patients are usually back to normal within about two weeks. This procedure is one of the least painful plastic surgeries, and once the anesthesia wears off, people can resume many of their everyday activities. Any restrictions the doctor recommends are aimed at keeping you from bleeding, so avoiding strenuous activities is best.

You will have a cast of sorts on your nose since remodeling of the bone is involved, which is removed after a week. Expect some swelling and bruising during the first two weeks. Don’t judge your final look until these go away.

What is an ethnic nose?

Roughly 74% of people undergoing rhinoplasty are white. Original guidelines for conducting a rhinoplasty were based on caucasian noses, also known as the standard European nose. While all noses have the same parts — bone, cartilage, and skin — how much of each and where they are concentrated in different from nose to nose.

There tend to be similarities that are drawn along ethnic lines. Your plastic surgeon needs to have studied your nose type. Not only do they need to know how your ethnicity determines the anatomic features of your nose, but they also need to know how to alter your nose in a way that is aesthetically pleasing and fits with the rest of your face.

However, the term ethnic noses are misleading. It makes it sound like there are only two categories of noses — caucasian and ethnic. There is more than just one ethnicity, and Caucasians are only one of them. Each ethnicity has distinct nose characteristics. Make sure your surgeon knows your type of nose and has experience with them.

What is an ethnic rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty is basically the same as any other rhinoplasty. The techniques, incisions, anesthesia, and equipment used are the same. The biggest difference is where these are used.

When deciding if you would like to change your nose, make sure you do your research. Know and understand what kind of nose you have and how it differs from a caucasian nose. Look into each plastic surgeon's training and surgical experience. They should know how your nose is different and how to match it to your other facial features best.

Sometimes it can be hard to know how you will look after the procedure or if you have made the right decision on how you want it to look. You can always look at the before and after pictures on your surgeon’s website. In addition, many plastic surgery offices will have software that can show you how your nose will look after your surgery.

The most important thing you can do is to have an honest conversation with your plastic surgeon. Do not proceed with any procedure until you have had all your questions answered and feel you understand what will happen well enough.

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