Ethnic & Asian Rhinoplasty Overview

People of all different backgrounds want to enhance the appearance of their noses. Given that facial features and anatomy vary between people of different ethnicity, so does the surgical process. Techniques that work well for a Caucasian nose may not work, for example, for a Middle Eastern, African American, Latino, or Asian patient. Dr. Michel Siegel’s expertise and ample experience performing rhinoplasty in Houston, has helped him gain the ability to understand the specific anatomical differences among various ethnicities, and tailor his surgical approach to each case to deliver properly fitting, natural looking results. No matter what your primary concern is, Dr. Michel Siegel can develop a personalized procedure to suit your needs.

Your ethnic rhinoplasty will be attuned to your specific anatomy and aesthetic preferences. While a common rhinoplasty for Caucasian people involves removing part of the bridge to make the nose smaller, one of the most common types of Asian nose job targets a wide nose and might require using a graft (typically of cartilage) to create the appearance of a slimmer nose. Regardless of which kind of nose job you need, Dr. Siegel will guide you through the entire process, utilizing his expertise to walk you through every step to give you outstanding and harmonious results for your particular ethnicity. Dr. Michel Siegel has no “formula” for surgical approaches. He possesses a detailed understanding of rhinoplasty and an aesthetic sensibility that allows him to identify and enhance each patient’s unique facial features, and deliver the most natural looking results based on genetics, desired look, and ethnicity.

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The Ethnic & Asian Rhinoplasty Process


If you’re interested in an ethnic nose job, you’ll begin with an initial consultation at our plastic surgery office in Houston. During this appointment, Dr. Siegel will evaluate your individual case, answer any questions, and have you describe your desired results in detail so that he can fully understand your goals. He will also perform a detailed examination to gain a deeper knowledge of your particular nasal structures. This will allow Dr. Siegel to fully formulate a customized approach to help you achieve your desired outcome. To help you better understand what to expect from your ethnic rhinoplasty in Houston, he will also show you a three-dimensional “before and after.” There is no fixed length for your consultation – Dr. Siegel will discuss the procedure with you until you are completely confident and ready to move forward.


Since each ethnic rhinoplasty is unique, your pre- and post-operative instructions can vary depending on the customized treatment plan Dr. Siegel has designed for you. We will provide you with guidelines to follow that are specific to your procedure, so you’re fully prepared for surgery. Dr. Siegel will go over everything you need to know and do from the week before your rhinoplasty through the end of your recovery. While these may vary, there are some general rules you’ll most likely need to follow, such as hydrating yourself properly and not taking any medications that could interact with anesthesia.


Your ethnic rhinoplasty will be carried out in our safe and certified Houston cosmetic surgery facility. Since each procedure is unique, the length of the procedure will vary according to its complexity. For example, if you have a deviated septum, Dr. Siegel may combine your ethnic rhinoplasty with a septoplasty to repair it, which may require additional time. Dr. Siegel’s goal is to ensure that every detail and concern discussed in the initial consultation has been properly addressed, and the surgery will only be complete when he is confident that the best possible outcome has been attained.


Because of Dr. Siegel’s experience and expertise is exclusive to facial plastic surgery, most patients find that their recovery from ethnic rhinoplasty is much quicker than they anticipated. Dr. Siegel doesn’t use any internal packing or gauze after surgery, eliminating the traditional pain and pressure associated with recovering from nose surgery. Instead, an external splint will be worn on the bridge of the nose for five to seven days after surgery, at which time most patients are able to return to work. Using a delicate approach to handling nasal tissues, he also eliminates the traditional black and blue eyes associated with rhinoplasty. Successful results depend not only on the surgery itself, but on recovery and scheduling close follow up appointments to ensure that your nose heals optimally. Follow ups after surgery will typically be required for at least one year from your surgery date.


What are the most common concerns addressed by Asian rhinoplasty?

Korean, South Asian, and Middle Eastern patients tend to have flatter noses with less-defined tips. 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 into a new shape. This, coupled with increasing the projection and possibly rotation of the nose, results in a nasal tip that appears narrower and more defined. Of course there are many different reasons people seek out rhinoplasty, so if you have other aesthetic concerns about your nose (such as issues with your septal tissue or a wider nose), Dr. Siegel can also help you with these. To determine if this procedure may be right for you, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Siegel regarding your Asian rhinoplasty in our Houston office.

What are the most common concerns addressed by African American rhinoplasty?

Most often, patients seeking African American rhinoplasty are interested in having a narrower, better-defined nasal tip and/or a thinner nasal bridge. Dr. Siegel can reduce the width of a patient’s nose by removing external tissue from the various parts of the nostrils that contribute to this feature. There are many techniques to achieve this, but Dr. Siegel’s approach allows for a seamless incision placement, leading to virtually “scar-free” results. Furthermore, 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 are rarely reported.

What are the most common concerns addressed by Latino Rhinoplasty?

Hispanic and Latino patients have a wide variety of nose types, so the concerns Dr. Siegel addresses with this type of ethnic rhinoplasty vary widely. Some Latino patients may want to improve the appearance of a flat bridge, which gives the nose a broad appearance. Dr. Siegel can address this concern by using a graft (typically of cartilage) to make the bridge taller, giving the illusion of a narrower nose. Patients with wider, rounded nostrils may benefit from sculpting the nostril tissue. Some Latino patients may want more clearly defined tips to their noses, which can also be achieved through grafting and the construction of 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 address them.

What are the most common concerns addressed by Caucasian rhinoplasty?

Caucasian noses tend to have more cartilage, slimmer tips, and thinner skin. White rhinoplasty patients often want to address deformities in their bridges, asymmetry in their nostrils, deviated septa (which would require a septoplasty), bumps in their nasal tips, and disproportionate nose size. Typically, a Caucasian rhinoplasty is a reductive surgery. For example, during this type of procedure, Dr. Siegel might remove a large bump by modifying the nose bridge to make it appear smaller.