Ethnic rhinoplasty is a procedure that aims to create aesthetic or functional improvements to the nose while meticulously preserving the unique ethnic characteristics of the face. Each ethnicity possesses distinct facial traits that must be taken into account during surgery, which is why this specialized rhinoplasty procedure is performed with consideration of the patient’s ethnic background to ensure optimum results.

As with any type of nose surgery, the goal of an ethnic rhinoplasty is to promote facial harmony and balance by creating a more aesthetically pleasing nose that complements the patient’s overall appearance, while simultaneously addressing any chronic breathing problems.

Reasons To Undergo This Procedure

Patients may undergo ethnic rhinoplasty to augment certain aspects of the nose that contribute to an unbalanced facial appearance. These may include a pronounced hump, a bulbous nasal tip, flared nostrils, or any aspect that makes the nose appear too large or small for the face. But aside from cosmetic refinement, an ethnic rhinoplasty can also address any structural abnormalities that impede normal nasal function.

A successful ethnic rhinoplasty can improve a variety of conditions:

  1. Enlarged nostrils
  2. Poorly defined nasal tip
  3. Nasal humps
  4. Nasal bridge that is too low or too high

What Are The Benefits?

Patients of ethnic descent can have certain nasal characteristics that may present special challenges for rhinoplasty. In these cases, it is important to work with a surgeon who has extensive experience in performing rhinoplasty procedures on different ethnicities to ensure the best outcome.

As a double-board certified facial plastic surgeon with an ethnically diverse patient base, Dr. Jacob Sedgh possesses a deep familiarity with the anatomical nuances between each ethnic group. Through this advantage, he is able to deliver individualized treatments that successfully address each patient’s nasal concerns without compromising their ethnic identity.

Patients can expect the following benefits:

  1. Aesthetically pleasing nasal proportions
  2. Enhanced facial profile
  3. Improved nasal functionality

During your initial consultation, Dr. Sedgh will take the time to listen as you describe your nasal concerns so as to get a better idea of your exact surgical goals. He will also evaluate your facial proportions and examine the internal and external structures of your nose to determine the best surgical plan to achieve your desired results.

He will also perform the following:

  1. A thorough physical examination
  2. An interview on your medical history and relevant lifestyle habits
  3. Diagnostic tests for functional issues
  4. A step-by-step discussion of the procedure
  5. Discussion of potential risks and complications from the procedure

Dr. Sedgh can also conduct virtual consultations via video conferencing to accommodate patients who are unable to visit his clinic for an in-office consultation. For those who need to travel to undergo the surgery, his office can also assist in arranging transportation, hotel accommodation, and even aftercare services.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Procedure

Patients of a certain ethnicity typically share the same nasal characteristics. But not all ethnic groups are the same, which is why ethnic rhinoplasty involves a wide variety of techniques that target the common nasal concerns of different ethnicities. With that being said, the plastic surgeon must tailor the procedure in order to take these special considerations into account. In doing this, the doctor is able to promote optimum symmetry and balance to the patient’s ethnic facial features rather than erasing them completely.

While there are certain augmentation techniques that are specifically utilized for ethnic rhinoplasty, the incision approaches to be used are similar across all patients and all types of rhinoplasty procedures. Dr. Sedgh may use either the closed (endonasal) or the open (external) approach to perform an ethnic rhinoplasty, depending on the techniques to be used or the extent of the alterations required.

Closed rhinoplasty is advisable for patients that only need minor adjustments. It produces no external scarring as it uses short and precise incisions hidden inside the nostrils.

For patients who require significant or more complicated enhancements, an open approach is more ideal. This approach involves a small incision along the tissue that separates the nostrils, which provides optimum access to the underlying nasal framework. Due to the enhanced visibility, this approach allows the doctor to perform the necessary alterations with maximum precision and accuracy.

Implants or cartilage grafts may also be used to augment the nasal bridge or tip.

Dr. Sedgh executes each surgery with artistry and meticulousness to ensure that the most optimum results are achieved and that the structural integrity of the nose is preserved.


Rhinoplasty is normally performed as an outpatient procedure. After the surgery, you may experience localized swelling, bruising, discomfort, and some minor pain. To help manage these side effects and facilitate a more comfortable recovery, Dr. Sedgh will provide explicit aftercare instructions and medications specific to your case.

The length of downtime differs among patients, but most are able to return to their normal activities and are deemed “socially presentable” within two to three weeks following the surgery.

Dr. Sedgh’s commitment to providing the finest care for his patients is evidenced by his exemplary postoperative routine. Upon completion of the surgery, he will closely monitor your recovery through frequently scheduled follow-up appointments. In between these appointments, he also makes it a point to personally check up on you through a quick phone call or video conference, allowing him to continuously evaluate your healing progress and guide you through your recovery from day one up to a year later.

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