Different patients seek out rhinoplasty for a variety of reasons. From cosmetic, functional and revision rhinoplasty, to male, female, septoplasty and reconstructive rhinoplasty, the procedure can be used to address a range of needs and concerns.
Ethnic rhinoplasty, and specifically Asian rhinoplasty, is one form of the procedure that is growing rapidly in popularity. In fact, rhinoplasty is now the second-most popular form of facial plastic surgery among Asians, second only to blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery).
In this article, we’ll discuss how Asian rhinoplasty differs from other forms of rhinoplasty and the importance of choosing the best rhinoplasty surgeon for Asian nose surgery.
How does Asian rhinoplasty differ from other forms of rhinoplasty?
While the basic practices involved with all types of rhinoplasty are similar, there are some aspects of Asian rhinoplasty which call for a different treatment approach.
Unlike most other forms of rhinoplasty which aim to reduce the size of the nose, Asian rhinoplasty generally involves making the nose larger. While Asian rhinoplasty (like regular rhinoplasty) typically aims to improve the aesthetic appearance and functional performance of the nose, a conscious effort is also made to preserve the essential features of the patient’s ethnicity.
While nasal and facial characteristics can vary significantly among different Asian populations, there are certain common characteristics which many of our Asian patients are concerned about and wish to address through rhinoplasty, such as:
- a flat or undefined nasal bridge
- wide or flared nostrils
- an undefined nasal tip
- minimal nasal projection
- thick nasal skin
- poor nasal function
Asian rhinoplasty can be performed to address these concerns, while also preserving the characteristics and nuances of the patient’s ethnic background.
What makes Asian rhinoplasty so challenging?
Asian noses are anatomically different to other ethnicities, and this can present certain complexities that make it distinct to regular rhinoplasty.
In many cases, Asian patients will have:
- limited or weak septal cartilage, occasionally requiring additional cartilage to be sourced from a donor site such as the ear or rib
- thicker skin which can make it significantly more difficult to achieve the ideal nasal tip refinement
- a low bridge or dorsum which may require the use of a bone-like implant to achieve the optimal profile.
The importance of choosing an Asian rhinoplasty specialist
The additional complexities involved with Asian rhinoplasty makes your choice of surgeon all the more important. Your rhinoplasty results can only be as good as the skill of the surgeon that performs the procedure. For this reason, it’s essential that you choose a highly experience plastic surgeon who:
- is board-certified
- has an in-depth understanding of the intricacies of the Asian nose and facial characteristics
- specializes in performing Asian rhinoplasty.
Arguably the best Asian rhinoplasty surgeon in California
If you’re considering undergoing Asian rhinoplasty, Dr. Jacob Sedgh is arguably the best Asian rhinoplasty surgeon in California, if not the best Asian rhinoplasty surgeon in USA.
A double board-certified plastic surgeon with more than two decades of experience, Dr. Sedgh has an innate ability to understand the aesthetic goals of his patients and develop a tailored treatment plan that achieves those objectives, while respecting the patient’s individual and cultural identity.