The Asian nose tends to be smaller and more depressed than other ethnic groups, which is a natural and genetic occurrence. However, some people in this ethnic group are unhappy with the shape of their nose, wanting a more pronounced bridge or projected tip. Dr. Benjamin Stong at Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC, is an experienced facial plastic surgeon that offers our Asian patients options to change the appearance of their nose through rhinoplasty to create a more balanced look for their face.
When considering a change to any facial feature through plastic surgery, you want to ensure you have a plastic surgeon that has the knowledge and expertise necessary to give you the desired results. Dr. Stong is a double board certified plastic surgeon with many years of experience in performing surgical alterations to the facial features of our patients, including rhinoplasty. His attention to detail and keen artistic eye allow him to create a beautiful blend of function and shape for the nose that looks natural.
With Asian rhinoplasty, it is especially important to create a nose that meets the desired look for the patient but also still blends in with the other features. The goal is to improve the appearance of the Asian features, not change the nose to look Caucasian or like any other ethnic group. This can include a bridge augmentation to raise the nose and possibly a nasal tip projection, depending on the patient’s facial features and existing nose shape.
Ethnic Nose Job Surgery
In most cases, an Asian nose job will be an open rhinoplasty. This form of rhinoplasty enters the nose through the columella, or the base of the nose that separates the nostrils. This allows for better access to the nose tip and bridge to make the needed changes to reshape the nose. The incision is hidden and once the surgery is complete, the scar is invisible to others once it heals.
In most ethnic rhinoplasty for Asian patients, nasal dorsum augmentation is desired. The dorsum, or bridge of the nose, is lifted higher from the face, giving a more pronounced profile to the nose. To achieve dorsal nasal augmentation, a grafting process must be performed to add height to the bridge. This is usually achieved using a cartilage graft with cartilage extracted from another source in the body, such as an ear or rib. It is important during the bridge augmentation to ensure the nasal passages are open and clear for better breathing – this can be a functional benefit of Asian rhinoplasty for those with depressed nasal passages that make it difficult to breathe.
Another aspect of Asian rhinoplasty is changing the appearance of the nasal tip. When a bridge augmentation has been performed, it is important for the tip of the nose to blend with the heightened bridge. A nasal tip advancement or projection is used to create a natural appearance, shaping the tip and suspending it perfectly from the septum for a well-formed nose.
With Asian rhinoplasty, it is crucial to ensure the nose still “fits” the face of the patient. Dr. Stong’s artistic eye and expertise in creating natural-appearing alterations are a perfect fit for this delicate surgical procedure. The goal with ethnic rhinoplasty is to improve the shape of the nose while still ensuring it blends with the shape of the face and other features, which Dr. Stong will achieve.
If you are interested in learning more about Asian rhinoplasty, contact Kalos Facial Plastic Surgery in Atlanta today. We will schedule you a consultation with Dr. Stong to begin your journey toward changing the appearance of your nose for a more improved profile, function and overall blend of your facial features.