Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Scottsdale

Published on August 31, 2016

From Jennifer Grey to Michael Jackson, people have been undergoing rhinoplasty for decades, but with not-so-great results. However, changes in surgical methods have changed the face of rhinoplasty surgery, helping patients retain as much of their ethnic appearance as possible and/or look more natural than the older “cookie cutter nose jobs.” Certain facial plastic surgeons like Dr. David A. Hecht specialize in cosmetic rhinoplasty, functional rhinoplasty, and revision rhinoplasty, making him one of the best choices for ethnic rhinoplasty in Phoenix, Arizona.

Most Requested Ethnic Rhinoplasty Procedures in Scottsdale

African American Rhinoplasty

Rumors of Beyoncé’s alleged rhinoplasty surgeries swept the Internet in 2013, with some fans criticizing her for changing her nose to look too “Caucasian.” Michael Jackson’s facial plastic surgeries, especially his multiple rhinoplasty surgeries, were infamous, dramatic and unpopular with the public. Patti LaBelle, in her 1996 memoir, discussed her decision to change her nose and stated that she sought a specialist who could perform a rhinoplasty without making her look like she had a “white-girl nose.”

This is a valid concern if you are an African American considering a rhinoplasty. You may have great pride in your African American heritage, but you still need or want to change your nose. African Americans typically have flat, broad noses that do not protrude from their face, and the nostrils are noticeably wide compared to European noses. So how do you change your look without losing the look of your heritage you’re so very proud of?

By consulting with an ethnic rhinoplasty specialist, you can achieve the results you want without losing your ethnic appearance. You may want to reduce the bulbous shape at the tip of your nose, or perhaps make your nostrils a bit narrower. A facial plastic surgeon could do that, but one who specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty can provide practical advice as to the aesthetics post-rhinoplasty, as well as the procedure necessary to give you the nose you want without, and this is important, impacting the nasal functionality that could affect your breathing.

In addition to maintaining an ethnic appearance, there are also technical challenges for the surgeon when it comes to ethnic rhinoplasty. For instance, African American nasal bones are shorter than those of European descent, requiring special skill to reconstruct the frame of the nose. The skin of African Americans is thicker, which can make refining the tip of the nose more difficult.

During the consultation, it is important for you to discuss your surgeon’s experience with African American rhinoplasty. You want to choose a surgeon who understands the finer aspects of the African American nose as opposed to a general knowledge of rhinoplasty.

Asian Rhinoplasty

Plastic surgery is popular in Asians countries, with rhinoplasty being the number-one procedure requested. Asian individuals usually have noses with flat bridges, wide and round nostrils and a poorly projected tip. Many Asian individuals seeking rhinoplasty want a more pronounced nose. However, this does not mean they do not want to maintain their ethnic appearance.

Fortunately, the typical Asian nose is a good candidate for non-surgical procedures that temporarily produce the changes that you may seek. This offers you a less expensive “sneak peek” at how your nose and face will look if you do have rhinoplasty done. Dermal fillers like Radiesse provide volume in the areas that you want to augment, giving lift and structure to your nose. Juvederm works well to refine the tip of your nose where there is thicker skin. Before scheduling surgery, you should seek a facial plastic surgeon who also provides a non-surgical nose job. They will be able to give you a thorough evaluation to determine if you would benefit best from a surgical or non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure.

As with African-American rhinoplasty, it is important to find a surgeon who has performed Asian ethnic rhinoplasty. Because the Asian nose framework contains a small bone and little cartilage along the bridge and tip, the surgeon will need to graft the area with synthetic materials or cartilage from the ear, rib or nasal septum.

If your flat nose has contributed to a deviated or malformed septum, there aren’t any non-surgical methods that can correct that. A consultation with a rhinoplasty specialist who is double board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as otolaryngology (ENT) is essential for you. Some patients need to have the procedure done for health reasons and not for cosmetic reasons. It does not mean you have to give up your Asian appearance, but you should understand that it the appearance of the nose may be altered during the functional rhinoplasty surgery.

Latino and Hispanic Rhinoplasty

Because Latino and Hispanic cultures originate from different areas of the world, there is a range of diversity in the nasal structures. Hispanic individuals originating from Spain tend to have a high bridge like many Caucasians. Those of Native American and European descent are referred to as Mestizo, and their noses typically have wide tips and broad bases. Mexican-Americans have a combination of the Hispanic and Mestizo noses, which produces a normal bridge but a drooping nose tip. There are also variations in the noses of individuals with both Hispanic or Latino roots, as well as African, Asian or other indigenous heritage.

Due to the diversity, there are limited techniques that can be used to reshape a Latino or Hispanic nose. The facial plastic surgeon needs to take the skeletal structure into consideration, in addition to the types of natural materials available to balance the nose with the rest of the facial features. Depending on your nose type, this could mean using grafting material to build the bridge of your nose and to add definition to the tip. This is a consideration regardless of whether you want to keep your ethnic identity or completely change your appearance. To retain your Latino or Hispanic look, slight modifications, such as raising the bridge of the nose and refining the tip, should be considered. If you want to completely change your appearance, however, you may need to consider a chin implant to balance the work done on your nose.

Many Latinos and Hispanics take great pride in their heritage. If you are considering changing your nose, you want to find an ethnic rhinoplasty specialist who understands the skeletal structure of your face and reshapes your nose to fit your Latino or Hispanic features.

Jewish Rhinoplasty

Jennifer Grey had what’s considered the typical Jewish nose: convex nasal bridge with a downward turn on the tip of the nose. It gave her a unique look that made her identifiable. However, Grey wanted to reduce the bridge of her nose, which made her unrecognizable. Not only did the surgery not give her the results she wanted, but she underwent further revision rhinoplasty to correct the misshapen area between her eyes called the radix. She is one of many celebrities who regrets her decision to have rhinoplasty, even noting that her surgery and the subsequent revision rhinoplasty procedure ruined her career.

In recent years, the number of surgeries performed on Jewish patients simply for cosmetic reasons has gone down. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, nose reshaping procedures among the Jewish population have dropped 44 percent since 2000. However, since 2000, the techniques and considerations used, such as facial structure, have changed the industry standards from “cookie cutter” rhinoplasty to individualized rhinoplasty. Realizing the importance of retaining ethnicity has created a specialized niche in the facial plastic surgery field.

If you are of Jewish heritage and simply wish to balance your facial features, it can be as easy as reducing the size or shape of your nose. What is considered a Jewish nose usually has a hump that sits high and tight against the radix, and the tip protrudes over the lip. Consulting with a specialist in ethnic rhinoplasty is the best choice to retain your ethnic appearance while balancing all the features of your face. If your desire is to change your ethnic appearance, a specialist can advise the best course of action to remove your ethnic look while still balancing your facial features.

Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty

The Middle Eastern face is usually characterized by a prominent nose with a large bridge or a bridge hump, as well as a bulbous tip that protrudes over the lip area. Many patients often want to remove the hump in the bridge without reducing the length of the nose. Others want to remove the hump and refine the tip of the nose. Both requests are manageable for a facial plastic surgeon who performs ethnic rhinoplasty.

If you want to retain your Middle Eastern appearance, consulting a specialist is ideal. Someone knowledgeable in the facial structure of patients of Middle Eastern heritage can tell you if an alar base reduction is appropriate to achieve the subtle changes you desire, or if a complete reshaping of the nose is recommended. The professional can also discuss the need for skin excision to diminish the size of the nostrils.

Another reason to seek an ethnic rhinoplasty specialist who has performed many of these procedures is to reduce the risk of over-rotating the tip during a tip refinement procedure. This simple mistake can change your entire ethnic appearance. Keep in mind that it may be unnecessary to refine the tip of your nose, and doing so may disrupt your nasal harmony.

Choosing a Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Specialist for Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgery

With such diverse nasal structures around the globe, rhinoplasty techniques have evolved into a specialization within the plastic surgery industry. Maintaining ethnic identity is ideal in many patients currently seeking rhinoplasty, whether the request is medical or cosmetic. Choosing a facial plastic surgeon in Scottsdale who specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty is the safest and most effective way for you to have the nose you want and retain your heritage.

Scottsdale Rhinoplasty Surgeon Dr. David Hecht is the Expert

Dr. David Hecht is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist who specializes in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty surgeries, making him the best choice for ethnic rhinoplasty surgery in Scottsdale. Dr. Hecht consults with his patients to discuss the functionality of reconstructing their nose, as well as how the nose will look after surgery. His concentration on preserving the existing nasal structure, coupled with skilled grafting work, prevents breathing difficulties and nasal collapse, minimizing the need for revision rhinoplasty. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hecht at our Scottsdale facial plastic surgery practice today!

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