How Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty Different From Traditional Rhinoplasty?

As one of the most prominent features on the face, the nose plays a significant part in a person’s overall image. For many individuals, dissatisfaction with the appearance of their nose can negatively impact their self-confidence. This often leads people to explore the possibility of rhinoplasty, or surgical revision of the nose. Double board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon Dr. Marisa Lawrence, founder and sole surgeon of her private practice, Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery, has helped numerous Atlanta-area patients improve the appearance of their noses through rhinoplasty.

What is rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, more commonly referred to as a nose job, is a popular cosmetic surgery designed to alter the appearance of the nose to achieve a more aesthetically pleasing size and shape. Some of the improvements that a plastic surgeon can make with a nose job:

  • Reshape the nostrils for more proportional balance
  • Increase or decrease nose size, including length and width
  • Resize or contour the nasal bridge
  • Straighten bumps on the nasal bridge

In addition to cosmetic concerns, there are a handful of medical issues that can be corrected through rhinoplasty. The most common conditions include a deviated septum, difficulty breathing, and snoring.

What is ethnic rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty is much like traditional rhinoplasty, but it is specifically used for patients of certain ethnicities. Patients of Asian, Middle Eastern, and African-American descent often benefit from ethnic rhinoplasty versus a traditional nose job. The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is to enhance the appearance of the nose while preserving the qualities representative of the individual's heritage.

What makes ethnic rhinoplasty different from a regular nose job?

While the goal of improving the appearance and structure of the nose is the same regardless of the patient’s ethnicity, the techniques and tools used by the surgeon can vary slightly during ethnic rhinoplasty when compared with traditional rhinoplasty. Dr. Lawrence is extremely knowledgeable and experienced in ethnic rhinoplasty and performs each procedure with the goal of producing a natural, beautiful result that enhances the nose but keeps patients looking like themselves.

The main difference between ethnic and traditional rhinoplasty has to do with the features of the patient’s nose. In ethnic rhinoplasty patients, the nose may have a wider, softer structure with less bone and cartilage material. This can require the surgeon to build up the cartilage or use implants or fillers during an ethnic nose job. When considering an ethnic nose job, it is essential that patients select a surgeon who is highly experienced and familiar with the nuances and intricacies that are specific to ethnic rhinoplasty in order to ensure an appealing, natural-looking outcome.

Another consideration with ethnic rhinoplasty is the placement of the incisions. Some skin types are more prone to scarring than others, making the decision to perform an open or closed rhinoplasty extremely important. A skilled surgeon will evaluate the patient’s skin and history of scarring when choosing the best incision placement and suture materials for ethnic rhinoplasty.

Is ethnic rhinoplasty right for me?

To help determine whether a traditional nose job or ethnic rhinoplasty is right for you, consult an experienced, qualified, and certified rhinoplasty surgeon. During your initial consultation, Dr. Marisa Lawrence will assess your case, discuss your concerns, explain your options, answer your questions, and recommend a surgical plan to best meet your needs. Dr. Lawrence may also suggest complementary procedures or treatments that can be performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty to further enhance your results.

Is there a nonsurgical alternative to rhinoplasty?

Though surgical rhinoplasty can produce the most dramatic results, there are some cases when a patient may not be emotionally or financially ready to undergo the procedure. As an alternative, the professional team at Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery can offer the use of noninvasive treatments such as injectable fillers, also called a liquid nose job. This treatment can help make subtle yet beautiful improvements to the shape and contour of the nose.

What can I expect during and after rhinoplasty?

Whether you undergo traditional or ethnic rhinoplasty, the process and recovery are generally the same. The procedure is performed under general anesthesia and typically lasts about 1 – 2 hours, but this can vary from patient to patient, depending on the complexity of the case and any associated procedures being performed.

Patients can expect some level of discomfort, swelling, and bruising for the first several days or weeks after the procedure. Most of these symptoms are relatively mild and can be relieved with prescribed medication, cold compresses, and other methods. Your surgeon will provide you with both written and oral guidelines for the postoperative period, and it is critical that you follow these instructions throughout your recovery.

Most rhinoplasty patients feel comfortable returning to work after 1 – 2 weeks, though there may still be some mild bruising and swelling present. This usually subsides by the fourth week, and the full results of the procedure will continue to develop over the next several months.

I am considering a nose job. What now?

If you are interested in improving the size, shape, or structure of your nose, rhinoplasty may be right for you. Call Marisa Lawrence Plastic Surgery in Atlanta, GA, to schedule your consultation with Dr. Lawrence and learn more about how traditional or ethnic rhinoplasty can enhance your appearance and boost your confidence.

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.