African American Rhinoplasty
Not all noses have all the same traits. If you do not want a European-looking nose, then it is important to seek out a board certified plastic surgeon skilled in performing ethnic rhinoplasties and who is familiar with the African American nasal structure and shape. Dr. Hamawy is skilled at performing African American rhinoplasty in Princeton, NJ. Contact him to request a consultation.
African American rhinoplasty is designed for patients of African American descent who want to improve the appearance of their nose, but do not want to erase characteristics unique to their identity.
One of the characteristics that separate African American noses from European noses is the nose bridge. African Americans frequently have a broader and flatter nose than Europeans. However, this is not always the case, as some regions exhibit more prominent bridges and nasal tips. Another common trait of African American noses is defined nostrils.
The consultation and communication between you and Dr. Hamawy are key in attaining your desired results. Many African American patients come in requesting smaller nostrils, a more prominent nasal tip, or an enhanced nasal bridge. It’s often helpful if you bring in a photograph of another person’s nose you find attractive. This will serve as a good starting point, but he will make sure to keep nasal characteristics unique to you as you request.
Since everyone’s nose is unique, Dr. Hamawy will analyze your particular nasal and facial characteristics. By taking photographs, x-rays, and measurements, Dr. Hamawy will be able to confidently provide you with realistic expectations for your nose surgery. The goal is to make the nose appear proportional to the face and organically bring attention towards the eyes. Above all, the nose should look natural on the face, harmonious with the other features and not draw too much attention which is a sign of a beautiful nose.
In order to enhance and define the nasal bridge, Dr. Hamawy will either use a nasal implant or a cartilage graft. Nasal implants are typically comprised of silicone, which will not disintegrate or transform over time. However, they are flexible enough that they will not fracture as a result of trauma to the nose. Plus, they are FDA approved and can be altered, if necessary, prior to being placed in the nose. If you prefer not to use implants, then we can utilize a cartilage graft. If you have adequate septal cartilage, then this can be used as a donor graft. Otherwise, cartilage will have to be taken from your rib.
The size and width of the nostrils can also be manipulated. This is typically performed using an alar wedge excision. An alar wedge excision means excising a small wedge from the base of each nostril. Then, the edge of the nose is attached to the base of the nostril and fixed in place with sutures. This gives patients smaller nostrils with a minimal amount of scarring.
Of course, these are just general techniques used in African American rhinoplasty. The details of your procedure will be determined at the time of the consultation, once Dr. Hamawy sufficiently understands your unique anatomy and goals.
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