Many people are self-conscious about the appearance of their nose profile. Whether it’s the size, shape, or proportions causing concern, there is an effective cosmetic solution. Rhinoplasty, otherwise referred to as a nose job, is a form of cosmetic surgery used to alter the appearance of the nose. It may involve reshaping, modifying, or repositioning the bone, skin, or cartilage. Of course, every nose is different, which is why there is something known as “ethnic rhinoplasty.” The New Jersey-based Burnett Plastic Surgery’ Dr. Carlos Burnett explains that patients of every heritage can achieve an outcome that is in line with their unique ethnic identity while avoiding an “overdone” appearance.
Each ethnic group (and different members within that group) demonstrates variations in facial anatomy. Naturally, each race, culture, and individual may also have unique ideals, preferences, and standards for beauty. Ethnic rhinoplasty belongs to a niche group of cosmetic options known as ethnic plastic surgery, used on non-Caucasian patients. This form of surgery, which also often includes blepharoplasty, can have psychological benefits, such as improving the self-image of the recipient.
The cheekbones, eye size, and distance between the mouth and chin are all important considerations in ethnic rhinoplasty. This surgery requires a high degree of skill and precision. If you’re planning to choose this procedure, it’s always best to do your research and choose a board-certified plastic surgeon who is well-versed in this form of surgery and who will take your unique skin type, facial structure, and proportions into consideration.
The goals of ethnic plastic surgery vary. Patients may want their facial characteristics to appear more similar or less similar to those of a particular race or ethnicity. Unlike traditional Eurocentric rhinoplasty surgeries, which may utilize the same basic approach for each case and adhere closely to Westernized beauty standards, ethnic rhinoplasties are usually tailored specifically to preserve patients’ visible ethnic identities. The goal is to create subtle, natural-looking results that take into account and enhance patients’ existing features, rather than simply crafting a generic, anglicized nose. Of course, gender differences are also considered.
In recent years, an increasingly diverse set of visually conscious patients have shown interest in plastic surgery, and the philosophies surrounding plastic surgery continue to evolve to reflect modern societal values. When it comes to this form of surgery, it’s always best to go with a plastic surgeon who is knowledgeable on ethnic and racial disparities in skin care needs, skin structure, complications, and the manifestation of internal problems.
Additionally, the surgeon should be experienced in performing the procedure and know how to adapt techniques to meet non-European standards. For example, patients who are dark-skinned and of African or Asian descent are sometimes more prone to developing keloids (abnormal, raised scars), hypertrophic scars (thickened, red scars), and hyperpigmentation. Being aware of these nuances will help your surgeon to understand how any changes involving incisions will affect your body. The surgeon can adjust surgical methods to accommodate this and develop a post-operative plan to fit individual needs.
When it comes to rhinoplasty, specifically, the nose plays a critical role in overall facial symmetry. This is a complex procedure that can permanently transform a person’s entire appearance, and, as such, patients should be very specific about their expectations. To get the most attractive, harmonious, and satisfying results, it helps to find a surgeon with whom you can discuss your goals openly throughout each step of the process.
Before you have any type of rhinoplasty, your surgeon will typically start the process by reviewing your overall medical history and your current state of health. You may then be required to have a physical exam and to discuss your overall expectations from surgery. The surgeon should explain what a rhinoplasty can realistically accomplish for you. Patients are often asked to refrain from habits that can make them more susceptible to complications or interfere with healing. This may include avoiding certain medications and smoking.
Thinking of having rhinoplasty surgery? Burnett Plastic Surgery in Westfield, NJ, can help you get answers to your questions about nose surgery. For more details, call 908.233.0200 or submit information through an online contact form.