Asian Rhinoplasty is a technically challenging and delicate procedure that requires a skillful plastic surgeon who is both meticulous and has a keen eye for detail. However, the most important aspect of performing a Rhinoplasty is not the procedure itself, but to have a clear idea of the realistic expectations of the patient. A beautiful shape of the nose is important to a person because it stands at the center of the face, giving harmony to the overall facial appearance.
Rhinoplasty can also be an effective surgery for treating an aging face. As we get older, the tip of the nose begins to droop, causing the nose to appear longer. Elevating the tip and shortening the nose can often achieve a more youthful look, especially when combined with other facial procedures.
The majority of our East Asian patients in Los Angeles seeks nasal augmentation in contrast to Occidental or European patients who generally request a reduction. On average, the East Asian nose appears more triangular, the nasal bridge is typically flatter, the spine is often shorter and less defined, and the tip of the nose tends to be wider and less angular.
Southeast Asians typically benefit the most from augmentation of the bridge and length, while East Asians often request less, or even none at all. The desire for nostril reduction is also more frequent in Southeast Asians than those from the Northeast. Asian nose surgery can be more challenging because the cartilage is often more fragile and the overlying skin is thicker.
When you come in for your consultation, we will listen carefully to your expectations in order to gauge how much augmentation is needed, as well as the type of treatment each area of your nose will need. We know how critical it is that you and your surgeon are on the same page, so please do not be afraid to ask questions or bring up any concerns. Our goal is always to provide you with a natural-looking nose that meets your level of expectations.
The goal of an Asian rhinoplasty is no longer just to increase the size of the nose as it was 20 years ago. With a greater understanding of the anatomy, we now augment the dorsum (bridge) separately, carefully defining and augmenting the tip of the nose using a separate, anatomical unit. Some patients will require more of an augmentation of the dorsum using a silicone implant, while others can achieve sufficient augmentation using a combination of Gortex and Alloderm for a more subtle and natural look.
The key component to altering the tip of your nose is to augment and strengthen the Columella (the area of skin and cartilage that divides the nostrils) first. This provides a stronger foundation for successfully defining and augmenting the tip of your nose.
Don’t waste time speaking with plastic surgeons who are unfamiliar with the anatomy of your type of nose. At Wave Plastic Surgery, we specialize in providing natural looking results for the growing Asian American community in Southern California. Give us a call today to speak with one of our trained plastic surgeons.
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