Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure which creates balance and harmony in the face by correcting features of the nose. It also corrects impaired breathing caused by structural deviations. Houston residents of Asian descent who are seeking to improve the appearance or function of their nose should be aware of several differences that their rhinoplasty surgeon should be well-versed in treating. When looking for an Asian nose job, it’s important to ensure your surgeon understands all aspects of this procedure.
What are the differences in an Asian nose?
An Asian person’s nose can be very different from a Western nose in that the nasal bridge is commonly lower, which makes the nose appear shorter. Even something as simple as wearing glasses can be problematic for those with very little bridge to anchor them. Asian patients also commonly have a rounder and wider nasal tip with less projection, leading to a flatter-looking nose.
The nose is a focal point on the face and in Asian patients the importance of balancing the nose in ratio to the face is an essential component to obtaining a good result. The face of an Asian patient can be relatively wider or rounder, which also contributes to the look of a wider and shorter nose. This can contribute to a flatter appearing facial profile which many Asian patients find objectionable.
Nose surgery for Asian patients requires restructuring the bridge of the nose, as well as raising and refining the nasal tip. The size of the nasal tip and how it relates to the bridge of the nose, the forehead, and cheekbones, defines an aesthetically beautiful nose. This can require cartilage grafts from the patient or a donor; implants can also be used to add structure to the nose.
Overall, the main difference between Asian and Caucasian rhinoplasty surgery is that Asian patients commonly want to augment the nose, while Caucasians usually want to reduce some feature of their nose. Dr. Correa understands how drastic changes can occur from the subtlest of changes, and thus works to perform subtle changes to produce natural results in Asian rhinoplasty.
Choosing your surgeon
The complexity of Asian rhinoplasty requires the attention of the best rhinoplasty surgeons. Dr. Correa always recommends you visit with at least a few plastic surgeons before making a final decision. After all, even if Dr. Correa has confidence in his extensive training and ability to successfully treat the differences between nasal structures among different ethnic groups, it is you that needs to have the confidence you’ve chosen the right surgeon. Come in for an initial consultation so that Dr. Bryan Correa can discuss your goals, provide treatment recommendations to actualize those goals.