Do you need an Ethnic Nose Job?

Nose jobs are extremely common but the majority of nose jobs performed are performed on Caucasian noses. Moreover, these nose jobs aim to enhance the Caucasian features of the nose that are considered to be traditionally beautiful. These techniques and results, hoover, do not work for non-Caucasians as the flaws that require a nose job for Caucasians and non-Caucasians are extremely different. Moreover, what suits a Caucasian facial and bone structure doesn’t necessarily look good on the ethnic facial structure. Hence why there has been an increase in the number of non-Caucasians undergoing an ethnic nose job to get the nose of their dreams. 


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What is an Ethnic Nose Job?

An ethnic nose job is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is performed with the purpose of improving the appearance of a non-Caucasian nose. The procedure aims to provide structural support to ethnic noses as that is often missing and to correct any exaggerated flaws that might be affecting the appearance of the nose. 

An ethnic nose job is the nose job that Asians, Africans, and other non-Caucasians should undergo because choosing to undergo a Caucasian rhinoplasty would increase the risk of side effects. When applying Caucasian standards of the nose to ethnic noses, more often than not, the nasal structure ends up being compromised. This results in breathing issues and also cosmetic issues that ruin the overall aesthetics of the nose. Read more about Asian Rhinoplasty: A Tailored Surgery for the Asian Nose.

Features of non-Caucasian nose

The decision to undergo a non-Caucasian nose is a critical one and you need to consider your nasal shape to see if you qualify for the procedure. Moreover, you need to be fully aware of the risks and complications of the procedure before making the decision to have an ethnic nose job. 

To determine whether you need an ethnic nose job or not, we need to discuss the common features of non-Caucasian noses that make people want to undergo the ethnic nose job and not a traditional nose job. If you have these features and are unhappy with the overall appearance of your face, then an ethnic nose job might be the surgery of choice for you and not a traditional rhinoplasty. 

Weak underlying bone and cartilage

Generally, the ethnic nose is associated with a weak underlying nasal bone that cannot support a traditionally attractive long and slim nasal bridge. The weakness of the bone and nasal cartilage results in a wide and flat nasal bridge that can be a cause of aesthetic concern for many. 

A traditional rhinoplasty improves the appearance of the nose by manipulating the nasal cartilage and the overlying skin to give it a thin and long appearance. However, performing a traditional rhinoplasty on an ethnic nose would cause severe health concerns because the ethnic nasal bones and cartilage aren’t strong enough to handle the stress of the procedure. They would collapse making it extremely difficult for the patient to breathe properly. Moreover, the collapse would also collapse the aesthetic value of your nose.  

Thicker nasal skin and soft tissue

The ethnic nose, apart from having weak nasal cartilage, has thicker skin. The soft tissue in these nose types is also thicker, which cannot be supported by the weakened cartilage and nasal bone support. The thicker nasal skin also exaggerates the wideness of the nose, which is already present due to the wide nasal bridge. The traditional rhinoplasty cannot help these aspects of the ethnic noses as they are meant mainly for Caucasian noses which do not have thick skin. Hence, the techniques do not focus on reducing the thickness of the nasal skin or enhancing the nasal cartilage to support the thick nasal skin. 

If this is one of the issues you are struggling with and wish to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the nose without losing its uniqueness of the nose, then an ethnic rhinoplasty may be worth looking into.

Difference between traditional rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty

At the base of it, both traditional rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty have the same purpose of enhancing the appearance of the nose, and the major difference between the two is the population on which these procedures are performed. Since Caucasian and non-Caucasian noses are structurally different, it is important for both noses to be operated on differently to prevent the collapse of nasal passages and airways. Ethnic rhinoplasties also use cartilage grafts for the primary procedure more often than traditional rhinoplasties. In most cases, traditional rhinoplasties use cartilage grafts for revision rhinoplasty procedures

Ethnic rhinoplasties also are more complicated to perform than traditional rhinoplasties due to the complex nasal structure of non-Caucasian noses. 

Types of Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that, much like traditional rhinoplasty, is performed to improve the appearance of ethnic noses without compromising the overall unique structure of the nose. Since the aesthetic flaws that people undergo the rhinoplasty procedure for are widely different, there is a need for different types of rhinoplasty procedures to correct these different flaws. 

The different types of ethnic rhinoplasty focus on improving the appearance of the nose in different ways. There are three main types of ethnic rhinoplasty, although there are more that are mainly either a version of the three main types or a combination of them.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty for Nose Augmentation

This type of nose job is performed on ethnic noses that have certain cosmetic flaws which are a cause of aesthetic concern for them. An augmentation nose job is commonly performed for all ethnicities and races, however, the techniques used and the final results vary greatly. The augmentation ethnic nose job doesn’t change the nasal shape, as the name is often misconstrued to mean. Instead, this procedure makes slight and subtle changes throughout the nasal structure, all of which cumulate into a better-appearing nose with enhanced nasal contours.

During the augmentation ethnic nose job, the surgeon would also manipulate the nasal cartilage to enhance the overall structure and improve the nasal support system. Some of the other changes that can be made during the augmentation process include rotation or de-rotation of the nasal tip. This helps improve nose shapes that are impaired by the bird beak-like nasal tip or round, bulbous nasal tip. The nasal tip is an important part of the nose and any flaw in the nasal tip can completely alter nasal aesthetics. Hence why it is important to undergo an augmentation nose job to rid your nose of those flaws. 

Ethnic Rhinoplasty for Nasal Reduction

This procedure is commonly performed on those with large noses as the main purpose of the procedure is to reduce the size and shape of the nose, as the name implies. A large or wide ethnic nose can benefit from the nose reduction ethnic nose job. However, this type of ethnic rhinoplasty is mostly performed for the middle eastern population as they mostly benefit from this procedure. 

For the purpose of this procedure, the nasal bones and cartilages are severely manipulated and parts of them are often removed to reduce the overall size of the nose. When discussing a decrease in nose size, it is important to clarify that the change is not just in the width of the nasal wings but also in the protrusion of the nose. The distance between the base of the nose, above the philtrum, and the nasal tip is significantly reduced during this procedure. 

Ethnic Rhinoplasty for Enhanced Nasal Projection

Ethnic rhinoplasty to increase nasal projection is one of the most common procedures that is performed for the ethnic population. Nose projection is basically the distance between the nasal tip and the base of the nose, where it meets the upper lip. As this procedure aims to increase nasal projection, it improves the appearance of flat ethnic noses. This is of importance because one of the common reasons people choose to undergo an ethnic nose job is because of their flat nasal bridges. 

Unlike other types of ethnic rhinoplasties, this type doesn’t depend solely on the manipulation of cartilage and bone, but rather includes the use of cartilage grafts. The use of grafts helps combat the aesthetic issue of the flat nasal bridges and the structure issue of weak cartilage and bone. This type of nose job covers the main issues of the ethnic noses and rectifies them.  The cartilage graft for this procedure can be harvested from your own septum, ear, and rib, or from a donor. 

There is also another type of ethnic rhinoplasty that is different from the three mentioned here which is the revision ethnic rhinoplasty. This, as the name implies, is performed for the purpose of correcting the errors of previous ethnic rhinoplasty. You can opt to undergo this procedure if you are unhappy with the results of the previous procedure due to a complication during the recovery period or the surgery. This procedure is also helpful if the first surgeon was unable to achieve the results you desire, in the first place. 


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Why should you consider an Ethnic Nose Job?

The ethnic nose job can be performed for a wide range of reasons. You can book a consultation with a plastic surgeon to analyse your nasal shape and determine which type of ethnic rhinoplasty is the best option for you. The major reasons why people consider an ethnic nose job are mentioned below. 

A bump on the nasal bridge

A bumpy nasal bridge makes even a thin and long nose look aesthetically impaired. The bump on the nose is the major reason why both ethnic rhinoplasty and traditional rhinoplasty are performed. For the purpose of the procedure, the nasal bridge will be manipulated and the bump on the bridge will be removed. After the removal, a cartilage graft might be used to give the nasal bridge a smooth appearance. 

Your nose is too small

A small round nose is often desired by the Caucasian population although not the kind of small nose that non-Caucasians have. A small, flat nose is not desired by many people and is often the reason why they choose to undergo an ethnic rhinoplasty. The small nose can benefit from either the projection ethnic rhinoplasty or an augmentation ethnic rhinoplasty procedure. Since ethnic noses often have weaker cartilage along with a small nose, either of the procedures can be used with the help of a cartilage graft. 

The surgeon will use a cartilage graft to increase the projection of the nose. The graft will be added to the nasal tip and the septum, to prevent any collapse of the nose in the future. With the help of these grafts, the thick overlying skin of the nose can stand on its own rather than collapse on the weak cartilage of the nose. 

Your nose is too large

The large nose can be quite an annoyance for many, depending on other features of the nose. The nose can be large, with a wide nasal bridge, or a pointy beak-like nasal tip that further exaggerates the flaws. An ethnic rhinoplasty with nasal reduction can be helpful in these cases, to remove the excess cartilage and alar skin to reduce the width of the nose. The nasal tip may be rounded as well, to match the nasal aesthetics. 

Obstructed airways

Obstructed airways are another common reason for many people, both non-Caucasian and Caucasian populations to undergo a rhinoplasty or septoplasty procedure. A deviated nasal septum or any other injury to the nose can cause the airways to become obstructed, which consequently leads to poor airflow and breathing difficulties. The cartilage is manipulated for the purpose of the procedure, and all errors are rectified till airways can be cleared. The ethnic rhinoplasty procedure can help improve the appearance of the nose and correct airflow defects among the non-Caucasian groups. It is best to candidly speak to your surgeon when undergoing an ethnic rhinoplasty to discuss the aesthetic and structural corrections that you desire from the procedure. 

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