African American rhinoplasty generally follows the same procedure as any other type of nose surgery. However, the distinction lies in the unique characteristics of African American noses, such as shorter nasal bones, wide and low bridges, and wider nostrils. To address these common concerns, several strategic techniques can be used to allow the surgeon to create visibly different yet natural-looking results.
Along with his board certifications in otolaryngology (head and neck surgery) and facial plastic surgery, Dr. Sedgh’s extensive experience in working with patients of different ethnicities enables him to perform optimum nasal refinements that satisfy each patient’s individual needs.
Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general or local anesthesia. To make the necessary alterations, Dr. Sedgh will use either the open (external) or closed (endonasal) approach. The former involves an incision across the strip of tissue between your nostrils along with additional incisions inside the nose, while the latter involves incisions hidden inside the nostrils. The open approach is generally recommended for more complex cases, as it allows better visibility and optimum access to the inner nasal structure.
Once he has made the necessary incisions, Dr. Sedgh will then reshape the structure of the nose using advanced surgical techniques that are tailored to effectively address the patient’s specific concerns. Some of the most common rhinoplasty techniques used for African American nose enhancement include alar base narrowing to reduce nostril width, tip plasty to reshape a wide or bulbous nasal tip, and cartilage grafting, which involves the use of cartilage harvested from the septum or another source, such as the ear or rib, to reshape the nasal tip or bridge.