Rhinoplasty for Asian Noses

Enhancing Your Unique Beauty: Asian Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Your nose is a prominent feature that plays a significant role in defining your facial harmony. When considering a nose enhancement, it’s important to recognize that it’s not just about achieving a slim, straight, or sharp nose, but also ensuring that the new nose complements your overall facial features.

Asian rhinoplasty, also known as ethnic nose job, is a specialized procedure tailored to individuals with Asian heritage, allowing them to improve their noses while preserving their ethnic identity. People of Asian descent, including Japanese, Chinese, Indonesian, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian, and Filipino backgrounds, often share unique nasal characteristics, such as shape, breadth, length, projection, and tip appearance.

While a traditional rhinoplasty can bring about changes to the appearance of an Asian nose, it may not fully preserve the distinct Asian ethnic features. Through the use of alloplastic implants, cartilage grafts, or diced cartilage, Asian ethnic rhinoplasty can offer enhancements such as increased projection, refined nose tip, and narrowed nostrils.

Dr Stephen Kleid, a highly skilled ENT surgeon based in Melbourne, specializes in Asian ethnic rhinoplasty, catering to patients from diverse Asian backgrounds. With his extensive experience, Dr Kleid understands the importance of preserving the unique beauty standards of each individual, aiming to deliver results that allow you to identify with your nose and embrace your cultural heritage.

Dr Kleid can help enhance your natural beauty while honoring your ethnic identity through a refined and harmonious Asian nose surgery.


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What is Asian Rhinoplasty? – Asian Rhinoplasty Explained

Asian rhinoplasty is a specialized form of ethnic nose reshaping surgery that aims to sculpt the ideal Asian nose while maintaining harmony with other facial features. Surgeons, like Dr Kleid, approach each procedure with customization, recognizing the unique characteristics of individuals from various Asian ethnic groups, including: Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean and Indonesian.

The goal of Asian rhinoplasty is to address specific concerns such as; lengthening the nose, refining the nose bridge, and enhancing the nasal tip, all while ensuring that the nose remains in balance with the overall cosmetic features of the Asian face, including the lips, cheeks, eyes, jawline, and face shape.

It is important to understand that Asian rhinoplasty is not just another standard nose surgery. It requires the expertise of a surgeon with specialized skills and knowledge to achieve the individual aesthetic goals of each patient, providing them with a nose that not only aligns with their desired look but also maintains their ethnic identity.

Dr Stephen Kleid, with his extensive experience, has performed numerous Asian nose reshaping surgeries throughout his career. He understands the importance of refining the nose while preserving its unique Asian features.

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What are Unique Asian Noses Cosmetic Features?

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 may reduce alar flaring, increase the height of your nose, or make the nose tip look sharper while making sure your nose doesn’t lose its Asian identity.

Who is a Good Candidate for an Asian Rhinoplasty?

If you possess Asian facial features and desire to enhance the appearance of your nose, an Asian rhinoplasty procedure may be a suitable option for you. Individuals considering Asian rhinoplasty typically have the following goals in mind:

  • Preserving Asian Character:
    • They wish to improve the shape of their nose while maintaining its inherent Asian features and identity.
  • Nasal Bridge Projection
    • They seek to increase the prominence and projection of their nasal bridge for a more defined and balanced facial profile.
  • Addressing Flat Appearance
    • They desire to address the flatness or lack of contour in the nasal bridge, aiming for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.
  • Nostril Reduction
    • They wish to reduce the flaring or excessive width of their nostrils, achieving a more proportionate and harmonious nose-to-face ratio.
  • Enhancing Nasal Tip
    • They seek to augment and refine a weak or less-defined nasal tip, improving overall nasal symmetry and proportion.

It is important to consult with an experienced surgeon, such as Dr Kleid, who specializes in Asian rhinoplasty.

How is Asian Rhinoplasty different From traditional Rhinoplasty?

Asian rhinoplasty and traditional rhinoplasty share the common goal of enhancing the appearance of the nose for a more aesthetically pleasing overall facial harmony. However, there are distinct differences in the approach and techniques used in Asian rhinoplasty to ensure that the procedure aligns with the patient’s Asian cultural background and preserves their ethnic features.

Both Asian rhinoplasty and traditional rhinoplasty involve similar procedural steps

  • Administration of general anesthesia
  • Creation of an incision to access the inside of the nose (open or closed approach)
  • Reshaping of the nasal bone and cartilage
  • Straightening of the nasal septum and adjustment of its size and shape
  • Potential modifications such as removing a dorsal hump, altering nostril appearance, or refining the nasal tip

However, Asian rhinoplasty is a more nuanced procedure that takes into account specific Asian ethnic characteristics.

In addition to the common steps mentioned above, Asian rhinoplasty may also include:

  • Improving Nasal Bridge Projection: This can be achieved through the use of nose implants, cartilage autografts (tissue from your own body), or diced cartilage to enhance the projection and contour of the nasal bridge.
  • Nostril Reduction (Alarplasty): The procedure may involve reducing the size of the nostrils to create a narrower and more balanced appearance, while still maintaining Asian facial features.
  • Refining the Nasal Tip: Cartilage grafts can be utilized to create a sharper and more refined nasal tip, enhancing the overall symmetry and aesthetic appeal of the nose.

The goal of Asian rhinoplasty is to achieve a nose that not only meets the patient’s aesthetic desires but also respects their Asian ethnic identity. By incorporating techniques that address specific Asian facial characteristics, the surgeon can tailor the procedure to achieve a natural-looking result that harmonizes with the patient’s unique cultural features.

How is Asian Rhinoplasty Done? – Surgical Technique

Asian rhinoplasty can be performed using either an open or closed surgical approach, depending on the patient’s specific concerns and desired outcomes. The surgical technique chosen by the surgeon will be tailored to address the individual’s unique nasal characteristics and goals.

The Closed Rhinoplasty approach

The closed rhinoplasty approach is typically used when the main cosmetic concern is the projection of the nasal bridge. In this approach:

  • All incisions are made on the inside of the nose, resulting in no visible external scars.
  • The surgeon may use a cartilage graft, to lengthen the septum and raise the nose bridge.
  • The procedure focuses on enhancing the nasal projection while maintaining a natural appearance.

The Open Rhinoplasty approach

The open rhinoplasty approach involves a small inverted V-shaped incision at the base of the nose, between the nostrils. This technique provides the surgeon with better visibility and access to manipulate the nasal structures. It is typically used when more complex changes are required, such as refining the nostrils and nasal tip.

  • Improved visualization of the nasal structures, particularly useful for patients with thick skin or poor tip definition.
  • Enhanced ability to achieve more intricate changes to the nose, including refinement of the nostrils and nasal tip.
  • The incision at the base of the nose usually heals well and becomes inconspicuous over time.

Dr Stephen performs different Asian rhinoplasty approaches depending on what the patient hopes to get out of the surgery.

What Techniques are Used in Asian Rhinoplasty?

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.

Alloplastic implant augmentation

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.

Cartilage graft augmentation

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.

Diced cartilage augmentation

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.

What are the Complications of Asian Rhinoplasty?

While Asian rhinoplasty is generally safe, like any surgical procedure, it carries certain risks and potential complications. Some possible complications of Asian rhinoplasty include:

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Scarring
  • Nasal asymmetry
  • Difficulty breathing through the nose
  • Skin necrosis (rare)
  • Persistent swelling or bruising
  • Numbness or altered sensation in the nasal area
  • Unsatisfactory aesthetic outcome
  • Need for revision surgery

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.

It’s important to discuss these potential complications with your surgeon and understand the risks involved before deciding to undergo Asian rhinoplasty. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed information and guidance on how to minimize the risks and maximize the chances of a successful outcome.

Recovery – How to Take Care of the Nose After Asian Rhinoplasty?

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 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 and get the best possible results out of your nose job.

How Much Does an Asian Rhinoplasty Cost?

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 (anesthesia, 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.



Why Choose Dr Kleid?

Dr Stephen Kleid,
Cosmetic Rhinoplasty,

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

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