In the United States, most plastic surgeons trained in rhinoplasty are generally trained in performing one rhinoplasty technique used for all ethnicities. While Dr. Yoo is skilled in performing traditional rhinoplasty techniques, he is also trained and experienced in performing various types of ethnic rhinoplasty, including African American rhinoplasty, Asian rhinoplasty, Hispanic rhinoplasty, and more.
What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is a special nose surgery technique that aims to enhance the appearance of the nose without getting rid of your unique ethnic identity. Ethnic rhinoplasties require a great amount of experience and knowledge of the face and visage as a whole, and how it relates directly to the ethnicity of the patient. The goal is to create a nose that is proportional and natural looking.
The great thing about ethnic rhinoplasty is that patients of all ethnic backgrounds can be candidates so long as they are healthy and have realistic expectations. While there is no one singular technique that can be applied to people of one background, there are general guidelines that can be used to advise the surgeon when determining the proper techniques to address the patient’s concerns.
In order to develop a proper procedural plan, it is important for Dr. Yoo to meet with the patient personally during a consultation. It is during the consultation that he will analyze the patient’s unique nasal and facial features and discuss the patient’s concerns.
While there are many variations of ethnic rhinoplasty, below are the most commonly performed techniques. It is understood that each ethnicity has a subset of people, so each technique is tailored to the individual. For additional ethnic rhinoplasty techniques, please do not hesitate to contact our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Yoo.
African American Rhinoplasty
African American Rhinoplasty is typically performed on people descended from the Black racial areas of Africa. There is a great deal of diversity between these different regions, but in general African American noses have low nasal bridges and wide tips and nostrils. With this, African American rhinoplasty often involves nasal implants, cartilage grafts, and alar wedge excisions.
Asian rhinoplasty is commonly performed on people of Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, and Filipino descent, but can be performed on men and women of any Asian descent. Asian patients tend to have thick nasal skin, a wide nasal tip that points upward, shorter nasal bones, and a depressed bridge. With this, Asian rhinoplasty often involves adding cartilage to the nose to create a straighter bridge and add support, lowering of the nostrils, thinning the skin, and increasing the projection of the tip.
Hispanic rhinoplasty is commonly performed on people of Latin American or Iberian ancestry. Hispanic patients commonly have thick nasal skin, an undefined nasal bridge, a flat nasal tip, and wide nostrils. With this, Hispanic rhinoplasty often involves using grafting material on the bridge and tip and performing an alar wedge excision technique.