People of all backgrounds will choose to undergo nose reshaping surgery. Given that the facial features and anatomy vary between people of different ethnicities, so does the surgical process. Techniques that work well for a Caucasian nose may be ineffective when reshaping a Middle Eastern, African American, Latino, or Asian patient.
What Are the Most Common Concerns Resolved With Asian Rhinoplasty?
Korean, South Asian, and Middle Eastern patients tend to have flatter noses with less definition at nose tip. When performing Asian rhinoplasty, Dr. Siegel often creates new underlying tip support for the nose and grafts tissue to allow the skin to re-drape for a natural look. This aspect of the procedure, coupled with increasing projection and possibly rotation of the nose, results in a nasal tip that will appear narrower and have more definition and refinement in structure.
There are many different reasons people seek out rhinoplasty, so if you have other aesthetic concerns about your nose, including functional problems with breathing, Dr. Siegel can resolve these problems in your surgery. To determine if this procedure may be right for you, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Siegel regarding a custom Asian rhinoplasty in our Houston office.
What Are the Most Common Concerns Resolved with an African American Rhinoplasty?
Most often, patients seeking African American rhinoplasty are interested in having a narrower, better-defined nasal tip, a thinner nasal bridge, and narrowing nostril structure, although everyone is different.
There are many techniques to narrow nose size and create a more refined look. Dr. Siegel’s approach allows for a seamless incision placement, for virtually “scar-free” results. He understands that many African-American patients are at a higher risk of developing keloids, or fibrous scar tissue. Luckily, the nose is one area in which keloids do not form.
What Are the Most Common Concerns Resolved with a Latino Rhinoplasty?
Hispanic and Latino patients have a wide variety of nose shapes and sizes, so the concerns Dr. Siegel addresses with this type of ethnic rhinoplasty will vary widely. Some Latino patients may want to improve the appearance of a flat bridge, which gives the nose a broader appearance.
Dr. Siegel can address this concern by using a graft (typically of cartilage) to add subtle height and structure, giving the illusion of a narrower nose. Patients with wider, rounded nostrils may benefit from re-sculpting the nostril tissue. Some Latino patients may want more clearly defined tips to their noses, which can may involve grafting and the construction of nose tip support. When you come for a consultation, Dr. Siegel will talk through your concerns with you and create a customized Latino rhinoplasty plan to create the look that will best enhance your other attractive facial features.
What Are the Most Common Concerns Addressed by Caucasian Rhinoplasty?
Caucasian noses tend to have more cartilage, slimmer tips, and thinner skin. These patients often want to address deformities at nose bridge (humps), asymmetry at nostrils, deviated septa (which would require a septoplasty), a droopy, bulbous, or pinched nose tip, or a disproportionate nose size. Typically, a Caucasian rhinoplasty is a reductive surgery to create a smaller, more defined nose.
What is the Recovery Time After Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
You may have searched online and seen patients with black and blue bruising around the eyes, and horror stories about recovery from the procedure. The meticulous surgical approach employed by Dr. Siegel means your recovery will be faster, with less damage to surrounding tissues with limited bruising. Most people are completely comfortable returning to work in a week.
At What Age Can You Get an Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
To undergo nose surgery, the nose should have reached its full growth. For girls, this is typically about age 14, and for boys, a bit later.
What Anesthesia is Used in Performing Rhinoplasty?
To protect the breathing structures, in most cases, general anesthesia is the preferred way for performing rhinoplasty. This allows for safer surgery and a faster recovery.
How Long Will an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Take?
Each person has a unique facial structure, including the nose. Predicting the length of the surgery is difficult unless a full, in-person evaluation is performed, along with discussing your vision for a new nose structure. Depending upon what needs to be altered, the surgery may take from between one and three hours.
Where Will the Scars Be?
After rhinoplasty with Dr. Siegel, once healed, the tiny surgical scar will be virtually invisible. Two approaches may be employed in surgery, based upon the extent of the needed reshaping:
- Open Rhinoplasty: A tiny incision is made at the base of the columella, the thin strip of skin and tissue between the nostrils. This incision, once healed, will not be visible.
- Closed Rhinoplasty: For some less extensive nose surgeries, the incisions can be made from within the nostrils, with no visible scars.
Will I Be in Pain After Surgery?
Dr. Siegel’s patients consistently remark that recovery from rhinoplasty was far less painful or stressful than expected. You may feel some minor discomfort which is typically easy to control with pain medication in the first few days. Your nose will be stuffy for a few days due to swelling – the main complaint. This quickly fades as the swelling reduces.
How Long Before I Can Drive After Nose Surgery?
Every person recovers at a slightly different rate. Never drive while on prescription pain medication, which is typically only needed for a few days. If you are off any stronger medication, usually in about three to four days, you can be given the okay to drive by Dr. Siegel.