Men and women with different ethnic backgrounds often have distinctive facial features, such as the shape, size and structure of the nose. For individuals seeking more balanced facial features while still maintaining the pride of their heritage, ethnic rhinoplasty is available at Princeton Plastic Surgeons.
What Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
Although the size, shape and appearance of the nose can change with age, most of it is determined by heredity and ethnic background. While traditional rhinoplasty completely transforms the specifications of the nose, ethnic rhinoplasty carefully creates a more appealing facial balance while maintaining the integrity of your ethnicity.
Dr. Hamawy has several years of experience in performing rhinoplasties and can redefine noses from several lineages, including:
- Middle Eastern
- African American
As some ethnicities are more predisposed to forming scar tissue in the nose and have unique technical challenges, ethnic rhinoplasty is performed carefully and with maximum precision.
This procedure takes about two to three hours, allowing Dr. Hamawy to construct your new nasal contours using high attention to detail. Ethnic rhinoplasty takes place at an ambulatory surgery center or hospital under either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
Men and women who seek to subtly improve the size or shape of their noses but who wish to maintain their ethnic distinctions may be candidates. During your consultation, Dr. Hamawy will assess several factors including your health, medical history, individual facial profile and cosmetic goals to determine if ethnic rhinoplasty is the best course of treatment for you.
The nose may be bandaged, bruised and swollen after surgery, and any residual discomfort can be easily controlled with prescription medication. An average of seven to 10 days is typically suggested for recovery, although this may vary from patient to patient.
Contact Princeton Plastic Surgeons today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hamawy and find out if you are a candidate for ethnic rhinoplasty.
After your surgery, Dr. Hamawy will provide you with any necessary aftercare instructions to protect your new nasal contours and reduce the risk of post-surgical infection.
Types of Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Latino & Hispanic Rhinoplasty
Hispanic or Latino can often refer to people with South and Central American heritage, as well as some Caribbean countries such as Puerto Rico, Cuba, Costa Rica and The Dominican Republic. Most Latin and Hispanic rhinoplasty patients seek to improve the appearance of their nose without changing their ethnic identity. The wide range of Hispanic noses, reflecting the diversity of the Latino community that has roots in Europe, Central America, and the Caribbean make one defined treatment challenging. Some Hispanic noses have thick skin, broad structures and a drooping tip while others have high bridges and a projecting tip.
A range of requests are common since some Hispanic noses are more akin to Caucasian noses while others represent a rich blend of Native American and European heritage. Requests include fixing a cleft, reducing a bump, lifting a droopy nose, or narrowing a tip. It takes sensitivity and technical skill to achieve a facial harmony while respecting and preserving ethnicity.
African-American / Black Rhinoplasty
Most African-American or black patients seeking to improve the shape of their nose want to maintain their identity and do not want a Caucasian appearing nose. African-Americans often have broader and somewhat flatter noses than Europeans. Typical requests include enhancing the bridge of the nose, narrowing the nostrils, and improving the profile. It takes skill and sensitivity to achieve a facial harmony that respects and preserves ethnicity.
There are challenges when refining an African American nose that deserve particular consideration. African-American nasal bones are usually shorter requiring special care and have thicker skin that makes refining the nasal tip more challenging.
Patients of Asian descent have unique nasal characteristics that ethnically define them. It's only natural for patients who seek to improve their nose to want to maintain their ethnic identity. Asian rhinoplasty is considerably different because Asian noses often have thicker skin, a flatter bridge, wider base than European noses. Typical requests from our Korean, Filipino, Chinese and Japanese patients focus on augmenting the bridge rather than reducing it. Traditionally, Asian noses have flat bridges, sometimes with less definition and wider nostrils and wide tip. It takes sensitivity and technical skill to achieve facial harmony while respecting and preserving ethnicity.
South Asian / Indian Rhinoplasty
Most patients from the Indian subcontinent who seek to improve the appearance of their nose do not want to erase their ethnic identity. Typically, requests include straightening a hump, lifting the tip, narrowing the nostrils, fixing a cleft and correcting asymmetry. It takes sensitivity and technical skill to achieve facial harmony while respecting and preserving ethnic identity.
There are technical challenges that Dr. Hamawy takes into consideration when refining an Indian or Pakistani nose. Patients often have wide nose, a prominent hump and/or a drooping nasal tip. Thicker skin can also make refining the nasal tip more challenging.
Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty
For many Middle Eastern women and men the face is the only area of body visible to the public and the nose plays a prominent feature. Many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean patients seek to improve the appearance of their nose without erasing their heritage and identity. The reasons behind the procedure include self-esteem and marriageability, and can be for medical issues as well such as septal deviations and difficulty breathing. Requests usually include correcting or lifting a droopy tip, straightening the bridge, narrowing the nostrils and enhancing the profile. It takes sensitivity and technical skill to achieve a natural result that achieves facial harmony while respecting and preserving ethnicity.
As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Hamawy is aware that even amongst this group of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern people there is a wide diversity. There are technical challenges that deserve special attention when refining a Lebanese, Turkish, Persian, Palestinian, Jordanian, Syrian or Egyptian nose. Middle Eastern noses tend to be larger than Europeans. They often have a high dorsal “hump” and drooping tip. In addition, they may also have thicker skin that can make refining the nasal tip more challenging.
More About Dr. Hamawy
Dr. Hamawy is a facial plastic surgeon who performs advanced facial procedures such rhinoplasty, facelift, necklift, blepharoplasty and fat transfer. Hamawy has years of experience as a facial plastic surgeon and is an international speaker and an instructor at the Annual Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium. Contact us now to schedule your private consultation.
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