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Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic Rhinoplasty in New York City, NY

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Manhattan plastic surgeon, Dr. Sherrell J. Aston, is an expert in rhinoplasty (nose reshaping) surgery. While some cases of rhinoplasty consist of simple reshaping, there are unique situations that require experience and skill that extend beyond the traditional approach. Ethnic rhinoplasty is an example of this when a patient wants to change the contours of their nose to create a smaller or softer nose appearance while keeping the features of their nose that are part of their heritage. 

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Dr. Aston — a member of The Rhinoplasty Society, an exclusive group of the world's best nose surgeons — performs ethic rhinoplasty (also known as African American, Hispanic, Asian, or Middle Eastern nose reshaping) and has mastered the difficult skill and surgical technique needed to achieve the patient’s desired results while maintaining their ethnic authenticity. During this procedure, the nose is reshaped and the internal structures are protected so that nasal function and airflow remain stable and healthy. New York ethnic rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Aston's skill and expertise in working with the delicate structure of the nasal cartilage and bones helps him to make subtle or dramatic changes where needed, while preserving desired features and maintaining the support of the nose for long-lasting results.

Anatomical Differences

One of the most significant differences among different ethnicities is the nose. The structures of the nose are different between Caucasians, Hispanics, African Americans, Middle Easterners, and Asians. It’s important for patients to find a plastic surgeon that understands the patient’s cultural differences and will create beautifully balanced, aesthetic results without compromising their ethnicity.

The typical shape of an African American nose includes an increased width, definition loss, and lack of projection. Most plastic surgeons are asked to build dorsal height, define the nasal tip through thick skin, and create a more symmetrical appearance. However, these requests are challenging to achieve because of an African American’s anatomy and heterogeneity, but Dr. Aston's experience and techniques allow him to create beautiful results.

Hispanic rhinoplasty requires a lot of delicate work. Most patients seek a narrowing or augmenting of the nasal dorsum, nasal tip definition, nasal rotation, and an increase in projection. A highly skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Aston knows how to achieve the patient’s desired results while maintaining the patient's cultural identity.

Selecting the Right Surgeon

It’s crucial for patients to choose an ethnic rhinoplasty specialist with the skill and experience to perform a complex procedure. The ideal surgeon should have a full understanding of ethnic and cultural differences in the anatomy of the nose. Higher levels of practice increase the chances of better surgical results. With years of experience in nose surgery, Dr. Aston is a world-renowned nose surgeon and educator who produces consistent, attractive results.

During/After Surgery

As a complex procedure, ethnic rhinoplasty is a 1 – 2 hour outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. Patients will need to wear a nose splint during the recovery process to help control bruising and swelling around the eyes and nose. Patients can expect final results a full year after surgery.

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Ethnic Rhinoplasty FAQs

Will I Look Different?

Yes, ethnic rhinoplasty will alter a patient’s facial appearance. However, a vastly experienced plastic surgeon like Dr. Aston uses surgical techniques to create a natural appearance that maintains the patient’s cultural and ethnic features that make them happy.

Break My Nose?

Even though breaking the nose is a common technique, it is not required. For some patients, a fracture allows the surgeon to perform certain functions and techniques that may not be accessible without a fracture.

Nasal Packing?

Surgeons use nasal packing to help control bleeding. Complex surgeries, like ethnic rhinoplasty, may cause more bleeding than normal.

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