Everyone's nose is different, but there are some common characteristics in different races.

Cosmetic surgery appeals to people of all different ethnicities and backgrounds. In fact, ethnic plastic surgery is on the rise, and ethnic rhinoplasty is one of the most frequently requested cosmetic procedures among African-Americans, Asians and Hispanic-Americans.
In previous decades, the goal of ethnic rhinoplasty was to create more westernized noses, but times have changed. Today most individuals want to keep their ethnicity, and opt instead for subtle cosmetic enhancements.

There are tremendous differences among different ethnic groups, and there are significant variations within the same ethnic group of patients.

• Caucasian: Anglo Saxon, Germanic, Latin (Greek, Roman, French), Slavic,
• African American
• Asian: North American, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino
• Middle Eastern: Persian/Iranian, Arab, Indian, Pakistani
• Hispanic: Castilian, Mexican American, Mestizo

The term "African American rhinoplasty" does not adequately reflect the significant diversity of nasal types that are often found within this population.
The African American population comes from a wide background of countries and geographic regions of the world. Patients' noses and their overall appearance often reflect this multicultural history.
However, most African American patients seeking rhinoplasty want a generalized narrowing of the nose, with more tip definition and a narrower bridge. Included in this is usually narrowing of the nostrils.
Due to the fact that African American patients often have thicker skin and small or thin cartilage components, different types of grafts are usually required in order to provide strength and definition to the nose. This technique is generally referred to as Augmentation Rhinoplasty and may include grafts to the nasal tip, the bridge of the nose, and the base of the nose. These techniques are also used in non-African American operations with great success.
With that in mind, most patients want a natural result that retains the essence of their ethnicity and pre-operative appearance. The balance between a patient's aesthetic desires and the increasing complexity of the maneuvers required to achieve a certain result is the most important decision that both the surgeon and patient need to make.

All about African american rhinoplasty features

African American nose to our average Caucasian nose, we find that our

African American patients tend to have:
• Wider nasal bridges
• Lower nasal bridges
• Thicker skin
• Wider, more bulbous nasal tips
• Thicker soft tissue overlying the nasal tip
• Softer cartilage
• Nasal tips that appears to droop
• Shorter nasal tips
• Wider variability in nostril shape
• Greater nostril flare (bigger nostril curvature)

People with darker skin tend to have more noticeable scarring. This can be very important in ethnic plastic surgery. We use special approaches to our wound closure in procedures for ethnic patients to avoid unsightly scarring and to preserve even skin tone. This includes fewer stitches near the surface of the wound so as not to create scarring in this type of skin, and aggressive wound management following your surgery to minimize the development of thick and raised scars.

In America, nose jobs are consistently among the top three cosmetic surgeries requested by the Asian population. There are different requirements typical to Caucasian and non-Caucasian rhinoplasty. For instance, whereas many Caucasians seek to reduce the size of their nose, Asians characteristically request augmentation of the nose.

Asian noses are generally wider and flatter than a ‘Roman’ nose. Therefore, nose jobs to increase the projection of the nose are common among this ethnic group. This is achievable through the insertion of implants. In order to achieve a natural looking nose which does not conflict with the ethnicity of the face, the surgeon will generally confine the implant to the bridge of the nose while leaving the tip unchanged. Implants are often made from silicone, which has been used for this cosmetic procedure for over 50 years and has proved very safe.

Surgery to narrow the appearance of the nostrils is also frequently requested by Asian patients. This will result in scarring, but in most patients the scarring will fade and become unnoticeable. If the patient feels their nose in general is too wide, the bones can be broken and reset to narrow the appearance of the nose. This can simultaneously achieve nasal projection without the use of implants, if desired. Increasing the tip of the nose can also be accomplished through using natural tissue, such as tissue removed from the inside of the septum (inner nose), as an implant. This is preferred by many surgeons to using artificial implants as the incidence of rejections is much lower.

The goals of the surgery should be a natural result that is harmonious with the face.

Ethnic Plastic Surgery at Sensual Body Dream
We take all these important factors into consideration in planning your surgery and in explaining to you, our patient, what can be accomplished with your surgery.
Based on your desires and your individual anatomy, we will then determine a surgical plan which is best suited to achieve your individual goals.



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