Afro-Caribbean ethnicity is characterised by thicker ethnic skin, a wider lower nasal bridge with a wider tip and flared nostrils which can make the nose appear short.
Common reasons for undergoing an Afro-Caribbean nose job are to have a narrower more defined nasal bridge, tip refinement and narrowing of the nostrils.
Commonly the Afro-Caribbean nose tip can lack definition and can be relatively wide or even bulbous. The appearance of a nasal tip is partly characterised by the shape of the underlying cartilages, ethnic fat beneath the skin and relatively thick skin.
Often open rhinoplasty is the preferred technique for increasing tip definition as it enables the skin to be thinned and more accurate definition to be achieved in the tip of the nose with the sculpting of the underlying cartilages and the use of specialised graft tissue to give more definition. There are limitations in the degree of definition achievable in the tip of the Afro-Caribbean nose as there is a limit to how much cartilage and skin can be shaped through the thicker ethnic skin. Every surgery is unique and requires customisation for the individual. To improve definition and give a more defined nasal bridge and tip, Dr De Silva often uses additional graft material (this is not required in caucasian nose jobs), this graft materials is able to give a more defined nose and result.
Dr De Silva uses innervational techniques to reduce scarring for patients. The key to normal healing of scars is a surgical technique, choice of non-dissolving stitches and avoiding sun exposure in the healing period, as ultraviolet light may cause darkening of the skin.
Although dissolvable stitches are quicker for surgeons, in some patients these may increase scarring, for this reason, Dr De Silva does not utilise these stitches. In patients who have a marked propensity for scars, he uses additional non-scarring agents to improve healing after surgery. Key is the positioning of the scars with meticulous technique to minimise scars.
Often patients with afro-caribbean ethnicity have more swelling after surgery, Dr De Silva often uses anti-inflammatory medicines after surgery to aid resolution of swelling and speed up healing. In ethnic rhinoplasty this medicine can also reduce scar tissue and improve definition and the result, and is often required between 1 to 3 times to give the best results.
Asian noses are often characterised by a relatively low nasal bridge which makes the nose appear relatively small and thicker skin which can result in the tip of the nose being bulbous and lacking definition.
In Asian noses, commonly the tip can lack definition and can be relatively wide or even bulbous. Often open rhinoplasty is a preferred technique for increasing tip definition as it offers an improved result as this enables the skin to be thinned and more accurate definition to be achieved in the tip of the nose with the sculpting of the underlying cartilages and the use of graft tissue to give more definition.
Dr De Silva frequently completes revision Asian nose surgery for patients who have undergone nose surgery elsewhere to improve the definition of the nasal bridge. His first choice for graft material is your own cartilage from your nasal septum or cartilage from your ear, sometimes your own cartilage may be insufficient in length, the nasal bridge and other material may be required. Silicone is one option, however often this can move with time and need to be revised. Dr De Silva’s focus is on a natural augmentation of the nasal bridge in Asian nose surgery to ensure that the result looks like your nose, just more elegant and refined. There is a an artistic aspect to asian rhinoplasty as the degree of augmentation has to be in proportion to your facial characteristics.
The need to narrow nostrils with surgery requires complete customisation for the individual. The position of the eyes in your face can give a good indication of facial proportions and the need for nostril reduction. Wide nostrils are reduced with alar narrowing techniques. Nostril narrowing is one of the more challenging aspects of the procedure, as complete symmetry cannot be achieved in the nostrils as they are a complex 3-dimensional dome, a natural shape.
Dr De Silva hides the incision of nostril reduction by making an incision in the natural curvature under the nose. He is frequently asked to correct the scars from patients who have undergone surgery elsewhere which are best avoided by making hidden incisions in the first place.
Often patients with Asian ethnicity have more swelling after surgery which is a reflection of thicker skin. Dr De Silva often uses anti-inflammatory medicines after surgery to aid resolution of swelling and speed up healing.
Middle Eastern noses are often characterised by a relatively high nasal bridge which makes the nose appear relatively large and thicker skin which can result in the tip of the nose being bulbous and lacking definition.
He often utilises specialist techniques in surgery to build a more elegant and refined dorsal bridge, this results in the appearance of the nose becoming narrower and more refined. London is regarded as a center for World Class medical care, and many Middle East patients fly to London for rhinoplasty. Dr De Silva has customised his treatments of Middle East patients dependent on their specific needs. Although closed approach can be suitable for some patients, Middle East patients with thicker skin, asymmetry may need an open approach to give the best results.
Often patients with Middle East ethnicity have thicker skin which can result in more swelling after surgery. Dr De Silva often uses anti-inflammatory medicines after surgery to aid resolution of swelling and speed up healing. This medicine reduces swelling and scar tissue to improve definition and the final result.
Dr De Silva uses specialised Rhinoplasty techniques to improve both the bridge of the nose, the definition in the tip of the nose and to enhance recovery time with the use of anti-swelling medication. By the use of these techniques, they offer a patient a natural-looking result with more definition and refinement and faster healing time.
Sedative anaesthesia, also known as “twilight anaesthesia,” is a combination of local and sedative medications. At the centre, we have developed our own specialised form of twilight anaesthesia, based on practices in the USA.
This sophisticated sedation uses tiny amounts of four to five sedation medications that cumulatively give a relaxing and safe experience to avoid the risks and side effects of general anaesthesia.
A much shorter recovery period than general anaesthesia, with most patients able to leave 30 to 60 minutes following the procedure. These are the most advanced sedation techniques available, and the optimal option for patients considering ethnic nose surgery.
Rhinoplasty cost varies significantly. On average, it ranges from £5,000 to £15,000 depending on the facility, location, surgeon, technique and recovery care in London. Dr De Silva believes that cost should not be the main factor when searching for a surgeon who specialises in ethnic nose surgery as you ideally want to work with the best rhinoplasty surgeon in London. Ethini rhinoplasty can take 1 hour or it can take 4 hours, Dr De Silva believes in taking the time to measure accurately, complete surgery with precision, with the aim of improving each detail of your nose only once.