Indian Rhinoplasty


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When we compare the nose of people from different nationalities all over the world there are noticeable differences. For example, people with Indian heritage generally, have thick nasal skin, rounded tips, and broad nostrils. Furthermore, they usually have a downward sloping nasal structure and a high nasal bridge with either a hump or a bump.

Why is there such a variation in noses around the world?

There are many differences between the facial architecture and nose structure in people around the world. Your nose can tell a lot about your ethnicity, as well as, the evolution of your ancestors.

Wider noses are found in people descending from humid and warm climates. Whereas, residents and descendants of cold and dry climates typically have narrow noses.

Apart from smelling and breathing, our noses can also regulate the temperature of the air we inhale. Therefore, a narrow nose will cause turbulence in the inhaled air, making it warmer for people living in cold regions. Whereas, wider nostrils will cause no impediment to air current, which is necessary for those that live in the tropics.

The shape of the nose is determined by our race, typically Africans have a flat nose, called platyrrhine whereas Caucasians have a narrow nose, known as leptorrhine and those of Asian descent have noses, with features between platyrrhine and leptorrhine, that we call mesorrhine.

Because of these differences, surgeons must make appropriate adjustments when it comes to patients undergoing nose job procedures in order for the results to blend harmoniously with other facial features. This is even more important when it comes to people from different backgrounds, including those with Indian heritage. In the past Rhinoplasty procedures have created the same shape of the nose for patients, regardless of ethnicity. A Rhinoplasty that is tailored to those of Caucasian ethnicity will not give satisfactory results for those of Indian ethnicity as the facial structure of the two is completely different.  

What are the types of Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is both a complex and technically difficult surgical procedure. There are two general types of Rhinoplasty, open and closed.

Open and Closed Rhinoplasty

In open rhinoplasty, there will be a small incision in the columella of the nose, the tissue connecting the tip of your nose to its base. Whereas, in closed rhinoplasty procedures, all incisions will be hidden inside the nose. 

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a specialized rhinoplasty procedure. It aims to harmoniously alter the structure and shape of the nose to match the facial characteristics unique to each ethnicity. This type of rhinoplasty does not compromise or try to change your ethnic identity, which will result in a natural-looking result. Read our blog Do you need an Ethnic Nose Job?

Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is done on individuals who have previously undergone a rhinoplasty procedure one or more times. Surgeons will perform revision rhinoplasty procedures when people are either unhappy with the outcome of their previous rhinoplasty or if they desire improvements in the function and appearance of their noses. It is important to remember that revision rhinoplasty has its limitations. The first attempt is often the best, therefore choosing an expert surgeon for your rhinoplasty is of the utmost importance.

Your plastic surgeon will decide the type of rhinoplasty appropriate for you based on the anatomy of your nose. The incisions made during an Indian rhinoplasty also depend upon the results the patient desires. Thick skin with nasal tip issues, like those seen in an Indian nose, typically requires an open rhinoplasty procedure. In other words, the surgeon will make incisions on the inner side of the nose. This usually heals well and leaves minimal visible scarring.

Always discuss with your surgeon what part of your nose bothers you, what you want to change and the appearance that you want.

Read more about Fixing a Failed Nose Job with Revision Rhinoplasty.

Watch this video about rhinoplasty surgery to find out if it is for you.

What is an Indian rhinoplasty?

Indian rhinoplasty is a customized rhinoplasty designed for people of Indian descent. Patients with Indian noses exhibit a variety of ethnic characteristics, depending upon their geographical origins or family lineage. Indian rhinoplasty aims to improve the appearance of your nose without erasing your cultural identity. The outcome is an improved nose that maintains ethnic consistency with the surrounding facial features.

Although a rhinoplasty performed on clients of Indian descent has the same goals as a rhinoplasty performed on a client of any ethnic descent, there are some additional challenges with Indian rhinoplasty. Indian noses have thick skin and this requires deliberate alterations of the underlying bones and cartilage in comparison to other rhinoplasty procedures. Moreover, the surgeon must perform more definitive changes on the underlying framework so that the results will be visible through the overlying thick skin. If the changes made to the bones and cartilage are conservative, the new shape of the nose may not be readily visible.

Am I a good candidate for Indian Rhinoplasty?

  • If you are at least in your teens, in good physical health, and do not smoke or are willing to stop for a prolonged period, you can be a good candidate for Indian rhinoplasty.
  • People of Indian descent who have concerns about their facial appearance and nose structure can undergo the procedure.
  • You should also have realistic aesthetic goals to be a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

How is an Indian nose different?

The noses of people of Indian descent vary even between them;

  • North Indians tend to have long and narrow noses.
  • People of the northern Himalayan region tend to have short noses with narrow nostrils.
  • Whereas, South Indians often have a broad nose as the temperatures are generally much higher.

Is rhinoplasty common in India?

Rhinoplasty is becoming increasingly popular in India. The country ranks fourth highest in the world for performing rhinoplasty procedures, according to The International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. India occupies 11.5% of the global Rhinoplasty market.

Many Indian Celebrities have undergone rhinoplasty. Some of these are:

  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas
  • Shilpa Shetty
  • Katrina Kaif
  • Vaani Kapoor
  • Anushka Sharma
  • Karishma Kapoor
  • Shruti Hassan
  • Sridevi
  • Aditi Rao Hydari

How successful is Rhinoplasty in India?

Rhinoplasty is a common surgical procedure in India with a success rate of between 97 and 98%.

What to expect during an Indian Rhinoplasty?

Although other surgeons may offer local anaesthesia if you have a procedure with Dr Stephen Kleid you will have general anaesthesia. In other words, you will be unconscious during the procedure.

The surgeon may use cartilage grafts, depending upon your facial profile. These grafts can alter the bumps and humps or provide more definition to the nose. Each nose has a highly individualized characteristic, and there for the procedure will be tailored to you so that the final appearance of your nose is harmonious with the rest of your face.

Your plastic surgeon will use advanced computer imaging to demonstrate how improvements can be made to your nose. The illustrations will also give you an idea of how your nose will look after the procedure.  Your surgeon may use Implants and/or grafts to elevate and define your nose, depending on the outcome you desire.

The procedure can take between two and three hours to complete. Once the procedure is over, the surgeon will place a cast or a splint on your nose.

You may experience mild pain and discomfort after surgery however you will receive medication to help manage this. Slight swelling and mucus discharge may also be present, however, it will subside within seven days. You will be able to return to non-physically taxing activities within a week.

How to prepare for Surgery?

If your surgery requires general anaesthesia, minor lifestyle changes will be required a week before the procedure. This may include temporarily stopping blood-thinning medications like aspirin, NSAIDs, etc. Avoid alcohol and cigarettes. Have someone drive you home and look after you for 24 hours after the procedure.

Before the surgery, you will be asked to provide a complete medical and surgical history. You may also be required to give blood for some tests and do an X-ray or EKG. These are routine pre-operative tests that determine if you are fit for surgery.

Is rhinoplasty permanent?

The results of rhinoplasty will stay with you for a lifetime. Because the results are permanent, it is important to choose qualified cosmetic surgeons to deliver the results you desire.

Why do people undergo this procedure?

People undergo rhinoplasty for medical as well as aesthetic reasons.

Medical indications for rhinoplasty include;

  • Irregularities of the nose leading to breathing problems
  • Broken nose
  • Tumour or mass in the nose

Cosmetic correction of the nose structure is common when;

  • There is a hump on the nose.
  • The nasal tip is elevated or drooping.
  • Nostrils are either too wide or too narrow.
  • The size and angle of the nose are not desirable.
  • To boost self-confidence.

What is the history of rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty has roots in ancient Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Reconstruction surgery was first developed by Sushruta, a renowned Ayurvedic physician in ancient India. Also known as the father of plastic surgery, Sushruta wrote the world’s earliest books on medicine and surgery. The books also included reconstruction of the nose and skin graft.

In the more modern practice, the first groundbreaking paper on rhinoplasty was published by an American surgeon in 1887. Many surgeons have since contributed to the development and refinement of rhinoplasty techniques throughout the 20th century.  

What are the side effects of Indian rhinoplasty?

Your surgeon will discuss all potential side effects with you during the pre-procedure consultations. Some potential complications associated with Indian rhinoplasty are:

  • Infection
  • Complications of anaesthesia or a reaction to it
  • Local reaction to suture, taping material, ointments, and nasal packing used during and after the procedure
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Poor wound healing
  • Scarring
  • Perforation of the nasal septum
  • Poor aesthetic outcomes
  • Airway obstruction that is persistent, new, or recurrent
  • Need for revision surgeries
  • Changes in nasal sensation like pain or numbness

How much will an Indian Rhinoplasty cost?

Indian rhinoplasty is a complex and highly specialized procedure. It takes an expert surgeon to be able to give you the desired results without looking unnatural.

The cost of Indian Rhinoplasty will include the fees of the Specialist surgeon, surgical assistant, anesthesiologist, and hospital stay charges.

Depending upon the nature and type of the rhinoplasty procedure, the price may vary.  Please contact our team for an estimate of your Rhinoplasty.

Indian Celebrities who have had a Nose Job

Bollywood celebrities are known for their beauty all across the globe. While they credit most of it to intense workout routines and skincare treatments, some of them have received a little extra help. Here is a list of a few of our favourite celebrities who have undergone a nose procedure.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas

Priyanka is on her way to global domination. She is not only a recognized Indian actress but has won Miss World, is a singer, a producer and has worked in many Hollywood films as well. She was always stunningly beautiful (I mean she won Miss World) but after seeing her older pictures, it is evident that she got a nose job.

Shruti Haasan

Shruti Haasan, who happens to be the daughter of legendary actor Kamal Haasan, is known for her beautiful looks. She has worked in Bollywood as well as South Films. She is one of the few actresses who openly admit undergoing a nose job. We not only love her look but love her confidence as well.

Shilpa Shetty

Shilpa Shetty gained international recognition when she won a big brother. She is a fitness enthusiast and a style diva. When you look at her old pictures, there is no denying the fact that she has undergone a nose job. Although, she claims that she doesn’t believe in plastic surgery, her nose tells a different story.

Vaani Kapoor

Vaani Kapoor is a new name in the industry, but she has gained quite a lot of popularity due to her looks. The actress, however, didn’t always look like this. When you compare her face to old films, her nose looks sharper, her cheekbones are higher, and her lips look fuller. Although, she denies it, we say otherwise.

Preity Zinta

Preity Zinda was known for her girl next door cutesy appearance and of course, her dimple. She gave many popular hits throughout her career. However, she recently received a lot of criticism after her changed appearance. Fans do not seem to like her lifted nose, chiselled cheeks and fuller lips. We think that it’s a matter of personal choice. If plastic surgery has made her happy, why not!  

Aishwarya Rai

Aishwarya Rai is known as one of the most beautiful women in the world. It came as a shock to the world when she underwent the knife to enhance her nose. Her picture, however, tells another story. We can see a droopy tip in her older pictures which is now completely gone.

Aditi Rao Hydari

Aditi Rao Hydari is not as famous as other actresses, but she has gained a huge fan following due to her drop-dead gorgeous looks. She was always beautiful, but the miracles of rhinoplasty took her beauty to another level. We are a massive fan of Aditi as well as her plastic surgeon. However, she has never admitted to undergoing any surgery, we can see the difference.

Karishma Kapoor

Karishma Kapoor is one actress who we do not think needed a nose job. She already had quite sharp features, but the beauty decided to further enhance her features by getting a nose job and lifting her cheekbones. The results are so natural that they are almost undetectable. One can only see the difference by looking at her old and new photographs side by side. Her surgeon did a great job.

Katrina Kaif

Katrina Kaif needs no introduction. She has done numerous films and is an impeccable dancer. Her facial changes have been very subtle. The plastic surgeon she chose must have been talented. As she was consistently onscreen, she doesn’t look drastically different. However, over the years, her face has changed a lot.

Why choose Dr Stephen Kleid?

Since rhinoplasty alters the appearance of your face, it is important to find an experienced and extremely skilled facial surgeon. This holds more importance with Indian Rhinoplasty as the procedure can pose certain challenges. It is vital you find a surgeon that has experience performing these types of Rhinoplasty and can tailor the procedure to meet your specific needs. The Indian nose has thick skin with weak cartilage. This makes Indian rhinoplasty a difficult and delicate process.

Dr Stephen Kleid is an Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) surgeon based in Hawthorn East, St Kilda East, and East Melbourne, Victoria. An experienced ENT surgeon, Dr Kleid has a passion for septoplasty, septo-rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty. Dr Kleid underwent training in the prestigious Melbourne University. He completed his surgical training at hospitals like Royal Children’s, Royal Melbourne, The Eye and Ear, and St Vincents.

Dr Kleid is affiliated with many national and international surgical societies like Fellow Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS), Australasian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons (AAFPS), American Academy of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, and American Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons amongst many others. He has more than 20 years of experience in the field of nose surgery and has performed over 1000 nose procedures and 500 rhinoplasties.

Dr Kleid treats patients from diverse ethnic backgrounds and is well versed in the intrinsic and extrinsic differences between them. He has an individualized approach to rhinoplasty and will help you attain that perfect nose without compromising on what defines you.

Further Readings about Rhinoplasty for Different Ethnic Groups

References about Indian Rhinoplasty

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Ear Nose and Throat Surgeon (Otolaryngologist)

Masada Medical Centre
26 Balaclava Road,
East St Kilda, Victoria

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