Ethnic Rhinoplasty – Non-Caucasian Nose Job

Ethnic Nose Job for Patients of Non-Caucasian Descent

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a special type of nose job for people of non-Caucasian descent. An Ethnic Nose Job can help change your nose’s size, shape, and structure to improve its appearance and functions.

This type of cosmetic nose surgery is ideal for people who want to fix cosmetic concerns in the nose without compromising their ethnic identity. What’s challenging about an ethnic nose job is that the nose has to be reshaped and resized while keeping it proportional to the face and preserving its distinct features.  

That’s why an ethnic nose job requires a special set of surgical skills not found in just any plastic surgeon.

Dr Scott Turner is a highly experienced facial plastic surgeon in Sydney, Australia. Over the years, he’s accumulated skills and expertise that allow him to meet your aesthetic goals while being very sensitive to your ethnic background.

What Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a nose job surgery that reshapes the nose while preserving its distinct ethnic features. This type of nose job is performed for people of non-Caucasian descent. 

Performing ethnic rhinoplasty goes beyond making the nose smaller, thinner, or taller. Plastic surgeons performing this intricate cosmetic surgery need an in-depth knowledge of ethnic-specific nasal features and facial harmony.

Dr Turner understands the unique facial characteristics of each patient. He performs tailored rhinoplasty that can improve the appearance of your nose while maintaining a look that reflects your heritage. 

What Are the Features of a Non-Caucasian Nose?

Caucasian noses are structurally different from non-Caucasian noses and usually have the following features:

  • Tall and thin
  • Narrow nose bridge
  • Thin nasal skin and soft tissue
  • Pointy nose tip
  • High nasal bridge
  • Strong underlying bone and cartilage

On the other hand, compared to Caucasians, non-Caucasians generally have noses that are:

  • Shorter
  • Wider
  • Less projecting
  • Flatter nose bridge
  • May have a nasal hump or bump
  • Weaker underlying bone and cartilage
  • Undefined nose tip or bulbous or droopy nasal tip
  • Flared nostrils

What Are the Different Types Of Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

After a very careful assessment of your face and nose, Dr Turner customises the nose job to fit your desires and ethnic facial features.

Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty

Many patients who come in for a Middle Eastern rhinoplasty feel that their noses are too big or too droopy. 

A typical Middle Eastern nose, such as the Persian nose, has several distinctive anatomical characteristics, including:

  • A low or underdeveloped nose radix (the upper boney part of the nose between the eyes)
  • A dorsal hump or bump 
  • An over-projecting nose bridge
  • Thick nasal skin
  • A deviated septum
  • Undefined nasal tip that droops when smiling

Through a Middle Eastern nose job, your plastic surgeon can:

  • Straighten the nose
  • Raise the radix of the nose
  • Remove a dorsal hump
  • Lower the nasal bridge
  • Refine the nose tip

Middle Eastern rhinoplasty includes Persian rhinoplasty, Arab nose job, and Lebanese nose job. The main goal of this type of cosmetic nose surgery is to make the nose smaller and more refined.

African American Rhinoplasty

An African American nose usually has the following nasal anatomy:

  • A bulbous, less-defined nasal tip
  • A flat and wide nose bridge
  • Low nose bridge
  • Nostril flaring
  • Weak nose cartilage
  • Thick nasal skin

This procedure is ideal for patients of African American descent who want to refine the nose without losing their ethnic identity.

During African American rhinoplasty, Dr Turner can:

  • Narrow the nasal bridge
  • Reduce alar flaring
  • Enhance the tip projection and definition
  • Add height to the nasal bridge

One of the trickiest things about this type of nose surgery is ensuring that the nose bridge doesn’t become too narrow compared to the nostrils, which ruins the racial harmony of the nose. That is one of the reasons why an African American nose job requires special surgical skills.

Hispanic and Latino Rhinoplasty

The Hispanic and Latino noses share some specific aesthetic nasal characteristics, such as:

  • Thick nasal tissue
  • Weak cartilage in the septum
  • A nose hump
  • A bulbous nose tip with poor definition
  • Wide nasal base

Latino and Hispanic nose jobs can:

  • Reduce the nose hump
  • Improve the definition of a large, bulbous nose tip
  • Reduce the width of the nose base

Dr Scott Turner specialises in ethnic preservation rhinoplasty that can enhance the nose’s appearance while respecting the patient’s cultural beauty ideals. 

How Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty Different?

Ethnic rhinoplasty is similar to traditional rhinoplasty in that any nose job involves some form of bone and tissue manipulation to make the nose look better and function better.

Both ethnic and regular nose jobs may involve the following:

  • Breaking or shaving of the nasal bones
  • Bone or cartilage grafting
  • Straightening a deviated septum
  • Cartilage manipulation

The main difference between ethnic rhinoplasty and traditional rhinoplasty is that the ethnic nose job pays special attention to the unique structural features of an ethnic nose. That helps create natural-looking results while preserving the patient’s ethnic look.

What Are the Benefits Of Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty can achieve the following:

  • Tip refinement
  • Dorsal hump removal
  • Nose symmetry
  • Improved breathing
  • Nose bridge reduction
  • Improved facial symmetry and harmony

The distinctive benefit of an ethnic nose job is that it can refine the appearance of your nose and its functions without compromising the features that reflect your cultural background.

How Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty Performed?

Dr Turner will plan your ethnic nose job surgery based on your unique nose anatomy, cosmetic concerns, and aesthetic goals.

  • First, you’ll receive general anaesthesia so you won’t feel pain during the surgery
  • Next, your surgeon will make an incision either on the inside of the nose (closed rhinoplasty), or the outside of the nose on the groove of tissue separating the nostrils (open rhinoplasty)
  • After, the nasal skin layer is carefully separated from the underlying nasal bone and cartilage

Then, depending on the nature of your ethnic rhinoplasty, Dr Turner might perform the following:

  • Cartilage and bone removal: this is more common in Middle Eastern rhinoplasty. Bone and cartilage are removed from the nose to make it smaller and less projecting. That helps bring a protruding nose closer to the face.  It’s also done to reduce a nose bump or dorsal hump
  • Cartilage grafting: cartilage grafting is commonly performed in Asian nose jobs where the nose is usually flat and lacks projection. Cartilage is harvested from the septum, ear, or rib and added to the flat areas of the nose. That adds height to the nasal bridge and makes the nose stick farther from the face
  • Cartilage rearrangement: instead of removing from or adding to your nose, Dr Turner can rearrange your nasal cartilage to narrow your nostrils, refine your nasal tip, and give your nose more length. Your plastic surgeon can also correct a deviated septum to straighten the nose and fix breathing problems

Dr Turner might perform a combination of those procedures depending on your nose anatomy, cosmetic concerns, and the nose shape you hope to end up with after your surgery.

Can You Combine Ethnic Rhinoplasty With Other Procedures?

Definitely. A nose job is often combined with other facial cosmetic procedures to give patients the most natural-looking and balanced results.

Dr Turner might combine your rhinoplasty with the following complementary procedures:

  • Cheek augmentation with cheek implants, fat grafting, or dermal fillers
  • Chin augmentation with a synthetic chin implant or dermal fillers
  • Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)

Combining a nose job with other procedures helps create harmony and balance between your facial features and creates a dramatically improved look.

How Much Does Ethnic Rhinoplasty Cost?

The cost of your ethnic rhinoplasty will vary depending on several factors, including

  • Which type of ethnic nose job do you need
  • The amount of work your nose needs
  • What will be the chosen surgical approach (open or closed rhinoplasty)
  • How much aftercare you’ll need after your surgery
  • Whether you’re getting additional procedures at the same time

Visit Surgery Pricing and Payment Plans for Dr Scott Turner Plastic Surgeon to get an idea of how much an ethnic rhinoplasty might cost you in Australia.

During your consultation, Dr Turner will thoroughly examine your nose and discuss with you what you hope to get out of your surgery. After figuring out the details of your nose job, he will give you a more accurate estimate of how much you would need to pay for your ethnic nose job. 

FAQs about Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Is ethnic rhinoplasty painful?

  • You’ll be under anaesthesia during your nose job, so your nose job surgery will not hurt. After your rhinoplasty, you can expect some swelling, bruising, and soreness. You’ll also find it harder to breathe than usual for a while. However, pain is not a major factor during a nose job recovery, and any pain is usually managed with prescribed pain medicationss.

How long does ethnic rhinoplasty last?

  • The results of an ethnic nose job are considered permanent. Even 15 years after their surgery, most rhinoplasty patients are still happy with how their nose looks. So, unless you get into an accident that damages your nose or receive a blow to your face, you are most unlikely to need further revision. Maybe 1 in 10 patients need further nose refinement and have Nose Revision surgery

How long does ethnic rhinoplasty take to heal?

  • The recovery timeline from ethnic rhinoplasty will differ from one patient to another depending on their body’s healing process and the extent of the procedure. Recovery from a nose job usually takes around 2-3 weeks. By then, most of the swelling and bruising would have subsided, and you can return to normal activities. Nonetheless, your nasal bone and cartilage might still be fragile, so you’ll need to be careful. You may need up to a year to fully heal from a rhinoplasty.

Is it okay to sniff after an ethnic nose job?

  • After your nose job, the inside of your nose will be swollen and fragile. You should avoid blowing your nose, sniffing violently, and laughing too hard during the first two weeks after your rhinoplasty. Any force or pressure to the nose could increase bleeding and delay healing.

Will the tip of my nose drop after ethnic rhinoplasty?

  • As you recover from your nose job, the swelling will gradually go down, and your nose will start to settle. Naturally, as the swelling subsides, the nose tip drops slightly. Nevertheless, a highly experienced plastic surgeon can perform your nose job in a way that ensures your nose tip will be in an aesthetically pleasing position after the swelling subsides.

Next Steps

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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A GP Referral is required to Consult with Dr Turner (under new AHPRA Regulations)
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

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  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

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