Dr. Michael J. Yoo in Irvine, CA specializes in nose jobs, also known as rhinoplasty. There are many surgeons in the southern California area practicing rhinoplasty, but not all are familiar with the various techniques used to address ethnic rhinoplasty candidates.

Ethnic rhinoplasty candidates may be patients from African-American, Asian, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, and other backgrounds that do not want to change their nose in a way that takes away from their unique ancestral appearance. However, they would like to address concerns they have with their nose including asymmetry, humps, bumps, proportions, or more.

About Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty

When performing Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, Dr. Yoo takes a conservative approach. He does not want to remove too much skin and graft too much cartilage so that the nose looks overly done, removing the patient’s unique features.

Some other the common characteristics of Middle Eastern noses include:

  • Prominent nasal bridge
  • Thick nasal skin
  • Droopy or hanging nose tip
  • Bulbous or wide nose tip

Techniques

In order to address a prominent nasal bridge, Dr. Yoo may trim, shave, or reduce the nasal bridge. This is one of the most common techniques performed in rhinoplasty. However, if Dr. Yoo shaves too much off of the nasal bridge, then the bridge may appear overly Caucasian. Instead of creating a “scoop” effect, he will give the patient a straight dorsum. This will preserve their ethnicity, while also reducing the prominence of the nasal bridge or any nasal bumps or humps. With that said, if the patient desires a “scoop”, he will gladly accomplish that look.

A droopy nasal tip is caused by a lack of nasal tip structure to hold the nasal tip up. Dr. Yoo may utilize strut cartilage grafts in order to add support to the nasal tip. He may also utilize interdomal sutures or alar suspension sutures, depending on the patient’s needs.

Bulbous nose tips are caused by two dome-like lateral alar cartilages that produce an overly prominent nasal tip. This can be exacerbated by Middle Eastern patients’ thick nasal skin. To address this issue, Dr. Yoo will trim and reduce the large alar cartilages. In some cases, he may also “thin” the skin over the nasal tip.

Consultation

By no means will all patients with a Middle Eastern background require the techniques discussed above. These are simply some of the more common concerns that Dr. Yoo has helped his Middle Eastern patients address without losing their unique facial characteristics.

During the initial consultation, Dr. Yoo spends a significant amount of time communicating with his patients to make sure that they both understand the patient’s cosmetic goals and how these goals can be achieved.

Some patients may desire a “scooped” dorsum, while others may prefer a straight dorsum. Dr. Yoo will go over all of the patient’s options and often uses imaging in order to help patients visualize how they will look following surgery.

Patients interested in rhinoplasty with an experienced and talented ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon should begin the process by contacting Dr. Yoo at his convenient Irvine, CA location and requesting a consultation.