How Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty Different?

One of Dr. Ashkan Ghavami’s specialties is ethnic rhinoplasty, a variation of traditional rhinoplasty performed on patients of non-Caucasian backgrounds. Although all rhinoplasty procedures are complex and challenging, ethnic rhinoplasty requires a particularly advanced set of skills and high-level training to achieve the best results.

In this post, Dr. Ghavami explores how ethnic rhinoplasty differs from traditional rhinoplasty.

Nasal Anatomy Differences

Patients of certain ethnic backgrounds usually have unique anatomical features. These generally include broader and/or flatter nasal bases, curved nasal bridges and bumps on the nasal bridges. Furthermore, patients of African, Middle-Eastern and/or Asian ethnic heritage often have thicker nasal skin and less structural cartilage support than Caucasian patients.

With ethnic rhinoplasty, Dr. Ghavami uses special techniques to address these unique structures and enhance the form of the patient’s nose. He is cautious and conservative when making the surgical improvements. Dr. Ghavami’s goal is not to diminish the qualities that reflect his patient’s heritage, or to make the patient appear more Caucasian. Instead, he strives to create better harmony between the patient’s facial features. The typical ethnic rhinoplasty patient loves their distinctive looks but wants their nose to better fit or “flatter” their face.

Dr. Ghavami is extremely knowledgeable about the skin and cartilage differences in ethnic rhinoplasty patients versus traditional rhinoplasty patients, and the challenges that those differences can present. For example, he is conscious of the tendency of darker skin tones to scar more easily, and his approach to treatment reflects that understanding.

Common Goals of Ethnic Rhinoplasty

The following are some of the most common objectives of ethnic rhinoplasty surgery:

  • Narrow a wide nasal base
  • Increase the projection of a flattened nose
  • Refine a bulbous nasal tip
  • Reduce oversized or flared nostrils
  • Smooth a hump or bump on the nasal bridge
  • Bring the nose into greater harmony with the patient’s facial shape and proportions

A Pioneer in Rhinoplasty

Dr. Ghavami is a pioneer in rhinoplasty surgery, including traditional and ethnic rhinoplasty. Patients visit him from all over the country and the world seeking his expertise and refined techniques.

In every rhinoplasty case, Dr. Ghavami has a singular focus: to improve his patient’s appearance and/or nasal function. His results are always tailored to the individual patient’s requests and never look “cookie-cutter.” Dr. Ghavami is a perfectionist and is not satisfied with his work until he is confident that he has enhanced a patient’s natural beauty and helped them look like the best version of themselves.

To discuss your own rhinoplasty goals with Dr. Ghavami and learn more about the nuances of ethnic surgery, please request a consultation at our practice. Call or email us today!

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