Why Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty So Important?

Posted by Dr. Julian De Silva | October 12th, 2020

There is a common misconception in the plastic surgery world that all rhinoplasties are performed in the same way. The truth is, no two patients have the same nasal structure and this becomes increasingly more obvious when it comes to ethnic rhinoplasty.

London-based double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. De Silva takes a specialised and personalised approach with all of his procedures to ensure his patients end up with the nose they have been longing for, regardless of their ethnicity.

What Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

As the name suggests, ethnic rhinoplasty refers to a style of nose job that is designed to preserve the ethnic nasal characteristics of a patient. Whether you are from Asian, Middle Eastern, African, or any other background, ethnic rhinoplasty is tailored to your individual facial features.

When performing an ethnic rhinoplasty in London, Dr. De Silva works to make the corrections you would like without taking away any of the ethnic identifiers that link you to your cultural background. Dr. De Silva’s extensive experience means that he is extremely familiar with each ethnic group’s common features. During each procedure he undertakes in his Harley Street plastic surgery practice, he keeps these features in mind and works around them to provide his patient with the results they have been dreaming of in the most natural way possible.

Different Nose Structures

Everyone has a different nose structure and this is especially true with people of different races. For example, people from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa have unique nasal characteristics from one another. Typically, people from varying ethnic backgrounds have different:

  • Nasal arches
  • Skin thickness around the nose
  • Nostril sizes

The Techniques Used During an Ethnic Rhinoplasty

From a surgical standpoint, ethnic rhinoplasties are quite different to a traditional nose jobs. Your surgeon will use the same sedative and the same incisions during the procedure. What varies between these two procedures is the technique your surgeon uses once they have access to the structure of your nose.

During your initial consultation, your surgeon will do a full examination of your nose, taking note of the adjustments you would like to make, and creating a plan of action that meets your requirements while not taking away the features that complement your facial structure. Your surgeon will take special care to preserve your ethnic features as part of your surgical plan.

The majority of ethnic rhinoplasties involve the narrowing of the nostrils and the extension of the nasal tip. In ethinic rhinoplasty the skin is often thicker and there may be a fat pad at the tip of the nose, this may require refinement and graft material to give more tip definition. For markedly thick ethnic skin advanced techniques are required to give more definition the bridge of nose often utilising sculpted graft material. To achieve these results, your surgeon will change the shape of the bone and cartilage.

How to Choose the Right Surgeon for Your Ethnic Rhinoplasty

If you’re thinking of undergoing ethnic rhinoplasty, it’s essential that you choose a facial plastic surgeon dedicated to retaining the general nasal characteristics of your individual ethnicity. At London Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. De Silva uses computer modelling to give you a full overview of what your face will look like after surgery when combining your preferences with his recommendations.

Dr. De Silva will work with you, adjusting the imaging until you are satisfied with the results in order to provide you with the results you desire.  To find out more about his rhinoplasty techniques or to book an initial consultation, contact our office today!

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