Asian Rhinoplasty: A Tailored Surgery for the Asian Nose
Being front and centre, your nose is one of the first things people notice about your face. Fixing a nose isn’t just about making it slim, straight, or sharp; it’s about making sure that your new nose fits in with the rest of your facial features.
Asian rhinoplasty is an ethnic nose job that focuses on improving the noses of patients that have Asian heritage whilst also maintaining their ethnic identity. People descending from Asian ethnic groups (Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, Filipino) can share unique nose characteristics like shape, breadth, length, projection, and tip appearance.
Although a traditional rhinoplasty can change the appearance of an Asian nose, it fails to preserve the typical Asian ethnic features. Using alloplastic implants, cartilage grafts, or diced cartilage, an Asian nose job can give you a more projected nose, sharpened nose tip, and narrower nostrils.
Dr Stephen Kleid, the top ENT surgeon in Melbourne, offers Asian ethnic rhinoplasty to patients from different Asian backgrounds. He is highly experienced in refining the Asian nose while preserving unique Asian cosmetic features. Dr Kleid understands the distinctive beauty standards of each patient and aims to give you a nose you can identify with.
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Asian rhinoplasty is a type of ethnic nose reshaping surgery that focuses on sculpting the perfect Asian nose. It makes sure the nose stays in harmony with the rest of the Asian facial features. Surgeons, like Dr Kleid, customise every procedure, and an Asian rhinoplasty is no different. The aim is to improve the nose shape of people belonging to different Asian ethnic groups including:
The Asian nose job can lengthen the nose, refine the nose bridge, and reinforce the nasal tip while keeping the nose consistent with other cosmetic features of the Asian face (e.g. lips, cheeks, eyes, jawline, face shape).
Asian rhinoplasty surgery is not just another nose surgery. In fact, it takes a surgeon with special skills and knowledge to meet the individual aesthetic goals of each patient and give them a nose they’re comfortable with and that matches their ethnic identity.
Dr Stephen has performed numerous Asian nose reshaping surgeries during his career and is highly experienced in refining the nose while conserving its Asian features.
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No two noses are the same. However, people of Asian ethnicities share some cosmetic features of the nose. In general, you can expect Asian noses to have either some or all of the below;
- Shorter length
- Lower nasal bridge
- Less tip projection
- Rounded nasal tip
- Alar (nostril) flaring
- Poorly defined nose bridge
Although we can find these nose characteristics in people of different ethnicities, they are defining features of the Asian nose. During Asian rhinoplasty, your surgeon will reduce alar flaring, increase the height of your nose, and make the nose tip look sharper while making sure your nose doesn’t lose its Asian identity.
If you have Asian face characteristics and you’re not happy with the way your nose looks, an Asian rhino might be the right choice for you. People getting Asian rhinoplasty usually hope to:
- Correct the nose shape without losing its Asian character
- Increase the projection of the nose bridge
- Fix their flat Asian nose appearance
- Reduce the nostril-flaring
- Augment the weak nasal tip
It’s a suitable surgical option that can make your nose look better while taking into account the structural differences in Asian faces.
How is Asian Rhinoplasty different From traditional Rhinoplasty?
The goals of Traditional rhinoplasty and Asian nose surgery are both the same, to give you a better-looking nose that makes your entire face look more cosmetically appealing.
Asian rhinoplasty and traditional nose jobs share the following procedural steps:
- First, you’ll receive general anaesthesia
- An incision is made that gives your surgeon access to the inside of your nose (open or closed approach)
- Your surgeon will reshape both the bone and cartilage in your nose
- Then they will straighten the nasal septum and adjust both its size and shape
- Your surgeon might also;
- Cut off pieces of the nasal bone (dorsal hump)
- Change the appearance of your nostrils
- Alter the shape of the tip of your nose
On the other hand, Asian rhinoplasty is a more complex procedure in the sense that it corrects the nose in a way that suits the patient’s with an Asian cultural background. During the Asian nose job, your surgeon may also:
- Improve the projection of your nasal bridge using either nose implants, a cartilage autograft, or diced cartilage
- They may also reduce the size of your nostrils, giving them a narrower look (Alarplasty)
- Or, create a sharper nasal tip and make it look more refined using cartilage grafts
All nose jobs are done to give you a nose you’re satisfied with. A nose job that targets the Asian population takes that one step further. The nose will be altered in a way that retains your Asian ethnic look.
Surgeons are often asked to improve the nose by making it longer, creating a higher nose bridge, and refining the nasal tip and nostrils. The surgeon is able to do this by using either an open or a closed surgical approach:
The closed rhinoplasty approach:
- Usually performed when the projection of the nasal bridge is the patient’s main cosmetic concern
- All the incisions are made on the inside of the nose
- Your surgeon will use a cartilage graft to lengthen your septum and raise up the nose bridge
- There will be no visible scars on the outside of the nose
The open rhinoplasty approach:
- Involves a small inverted V incision at the base of your nose between the two nostrils
- Gives your surgeon better visualization of your nose
- Makes it easier to manipulate thick skin and enhance poor tip definition
- Achieves more complex changes in the nose including the refinement of the nostrils and nose tip
Dr Stephen performs different Asian rhinoplasty approaches depending on what the patient hopes to get out of the surgery.
People of Asian descent usually have less cartilage and less bone development in their noses compared to the average nose. During surgery, surgeons can use alloplastic implants, cartilage grafts, or diced cartilage to increase volume in the nose.
Asian patients who want to make their noses look bigger can opt for an alloplastic implant nose surgery. This surgery uses synthetic implants, typically made of silicone or Gore-Tex, to add more height and length to the nose.
Alloplastic nose augmentation using a silicone implant is one of the most widely performed nose surgery in Asia during which:
- Your surgeon will carve a pocket (the size of the implant) over your nasal bones
- An I-shaped or L-shaped implant is placed inside the nose to compensate for the insufficient cartilage
- The length and width of the implant are adjusted so that it would fit your nose
- Your surgeon may also use cartilage from the ear to manipulate the shape and the fullness of the tip of the nose
- Incisions are closed with sutures and the nose is taped and splinted
An I-shaped implant is straight and only supports the nose bridge whereas an L-shaped silicone implant can support both the bridge and the tip.
Although they can give you great aesthetic results, alloplastic implants can not integrate into the surrounding nasal tissue. In other words, the implant might move around a little bit inside the nose. To avoid this problem, your surgeon might perform a cartilage graft augmentation instead.
A Cartilage graft nose job, or cartilage rhinoplasty, sculpts and reshapes the nose using cartilage collected from your own body tissue. The surgeon can harvest the cartilage from the nasal septum, ears, or ribs and then graft it into your nose.
The grafted cartilage can;
- Add height to the nasal bridge
- Sharpen the nasal tip
- Increase nasal projection
Cartilage graft augmentation surgery is suitable for patients who want to make their noses look bigger without using foreign materials. Nevertheless, over time, the grafted cartilage may warp or bend creating an uneven appearance in the nose. As an alternative, the surgeon may use diced cartilage to give the nose structural support.
Cartilage is often collected from the ribs to be used in nose augmentation surgery. To perform diced cartilage nose surgery:
- Cartilage is harvested from the eighth rib and diced very finely
- Then the soaks the cartilage in an antibiotic solution
- After that, the diced cartilage is filled into syringes and injected into your nose through a small opening in one of the nostrils
This technique uses natural cartilage found in your own body to mold and restructure the nose. The injected cartilage can bring the bridge into a higher position and give the nose tip a better definition.
Getting an Asian nose job is as safe as getting a regular nose job. But as with every surgery, there are some risks:
- Some pain, bruising and swelling around the nose
- Infection at the incision site
- Loss of sensation in the nose area
- Breathing problems
- Needing revision rhinoplasty
Dr Kleid believes that a successful nose surgery not only gives you a better-looking nose but also ensures your nose functions properly as well. It’s very important that you choose a plastic surgeon who prioritizes both your aesthetic and health concerns.
Getting a nose job that preserves your Asian ethnic identity is definitely worth it! 88% of the people who got an Asian Rhinoplasty are glad they got their time and money’s worth with the surgery.
You shouldn’t have to compromise your identity to look better. It can be very rewarding to show that you’re proud of your heritage and where you come from. Getting an Asian rhinoplasty is a perfect opportunity to get a better-looking nose while still holding on to your unique defining features.
After the surgery, your nose will be a little swollen, congested, and sore. There are some things you can do after Asian rhinoplasty that can help speed up your recovery and protect your new nose. Your surgeon may recommend the following postoperative management tips:
- Avoid strenuous physical activities
- Sleep with your head elevated above your chest level for a few days
- Clean your sutures 2-3 times a day using hydrogen peroxide
- Don’t blow your nose
- Don’t wear sunglasses or eyeglasses for around 6 weeks
- Use sunscreen on your nose when you go outside to protect it from sun damage
- Wear shirts and sweaters that have either buttons or zips at the front instead of ones that you need to pull over your head.
Following recommended precautions after your surgery can help you heal faster and get the best possible results out of your nose job.
It’s hard to determine how much an Asian rhinoplasty will cost before visiting your plastic surgeon for an evaluation.
During your consultation, Dr Stephen will talk you through the entire process of your Asian nose surgery. He will then design your rhinoplasty depending on your individual needs and what you hope to get out of the surgery. After planning the details of your surgery (anaesthesia, technique, surgical approach, facility), you’ll receive a quote estimate on roughly how much you’ll need to pay.
If you are having a rhinoplasty to treat medical problems in your nose, you might be eligible for a rebate. Medicare and Australian health insurances sometimes cover nose jobs that fix medical problems such as difficulty breathing or septum deviation.
What is an Asian nose?
When we talk about an Asian nose we talk about the common nasal features in people coming from Asian backgrounds (e.g. Korean, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, Indian, Filipino).
An Asian nose is a nose that is typically characterized by a flat bridge, wide nostrils, and a low nose tip.
In order to refine an Asian nose patients should undergo an Asian rhinoplasty.
Is Asian rhinoplasty better than regular nose surgery?
Both traditional and Asian rhinoplasty can reshape the nose and improve its functions. However, the Asian nose job can better highlight the ethnic characteristics of your facial features.
How long until the nose looks normal after Asian rhinoplasty?
Each person goes through a different healing timeline after a nose job. After surgery, your nose will start looking better each day as the swelling dissipates.
Within 7 to 10 days, you will see a lot of improvement in your nose.
In 3 months, all the swelling would have subsided and you can see the true results of your new nose.
Do Asians have cartilage in their nose?
All noses have cartilage in them. However, when compared to other ethnicities, Asians generally tend to have a smaller amount of nose cartilage which is also less firm.
Can you tell a person’s ethnicity by their nose?
Looking at nasal features is actually a good way to guess a person’s ethnicity. You can say a lot about the ethnic background of a person by looking at their nose’s unique features like the length, width, projection, and nasal tip that can be characteristic of each ethnicity. Of course, this cannot be generalized, however, certain features are highly prevalent in some ethnic populations.
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Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.
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