An ethnic rhinoplasty is plastic surgery of the nose for the express purpose of enhancing a patient's appearance without altering his or her ethnic identity. Patients of different races and ethnic backgrounds have differing ideals of beauty and, therefore, different goals when they pursue rhinoplasty. Double board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Schwartz has performed numerous ethnic rhinoplasty procedures and is an expert at identifying the techniques that will work best to achieve your desired results.
What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
The exact answer to that question depends on the racial identity of the individual patient. A patient with an African American heritage, for example, has less cartilage in tip of the nose, a wider bridge and larger nostrils. This patient might pursue surgery to raise the nasal bridge and to add cartilage to the tip of the nose. Patients with Asian features are often looking to raise a very flattened nose bridge. Hispanic patients, on the other hand, may have a drooping nose tip that they find unattractive and also an arched bridge. A retracted columella – or lack of visible septum – is another common complaint among Hispanic patients, as this can make the nose appear pulled in. When patients of Middle Eastern descent pursue rhinoplasty, it is often to address a pronounced dorsal hump.
What is the procedure for Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
The ethnic rhinoplasty procedure depends on what features are present and what the patient wants changed. Dr. Schwartz is familiar with all features and after consulting with you to learn about your expectations will advise on the techniques needed to achieve your new look. In cases where the bridge of the nose is to be raised or the tip lengthened, tissue from other parts of the nose – or sometimes the ears or ribs – will be used to build up or strengthen these areas. If the bridge of the nose is to be lowered or the tip is to be shortened, then tissue will be removed instead of added. The procedure is usually performed on an outpatient basis under either general anesthesia or IV sedation and can take from one to two hours.
Who is a candidate for Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
The qualifications that make a patient a good candidate for ethnic rhinoplasty are similar to those for any other cosmetic procedure. The patient should be in good general health, should not smoke and should be at least 13 years of age. In addition, the patient should have realistic expectations for what the surgical outcome will be and should be making the choice for personal reasons, not because of pressure from family or friends.
What are the benefits of Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is often done for cosmetic reasons, but there are possible health benefits as well. If the procedure includes the repair of a deviated septum, many patients will notice an improvement in their ability to breathe.
What is the cost of Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can range in cost from $3,000 to $8,000, depending on the complexity of the surgery. Costs will usually include the initial consultation, operating room and anesthesiology fees, as well as follow-up care.
How long is the recovery time after an Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
Most patients experience some puffiness and bruising immediately after their procedure. Some pain and stuffiness is also to be expected, but most patients will feel well enough to return to work within a week.
Will my insurance pay for this procedure?
Because most rhinoplasties are done for cosmetic reasons, they are not usually covered by medical insurance. If, however, the procedure also addresses health concerns such as problems with breathing, part of the surgery may be paid for by insurance.
Will people know I had a nose job?
Unless they are very close to you, most people will not be able to tell you have had rhinoplasty. Modern surgical techniques are very advanced. Your procedure will be customized to your specific needs and will also leave little or no visible scarring.