Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is requested by most patients as it remains to be among the top five cosmetic surgeries.

Millions of rhinoplasty procedures have been performed on clients of different races every year. However, this surgery is not a one size fits all procedure. A surgeon has to fashion them accordingly to make it appropriate for the patient’s ethnicity and facial structure. Since Asians also constitute a major part of the market, this gave rise to what is called the Asian rhinoplasty.

In order for a nose job to fit on a certain patient perfectly, a good surgeon would know what and what doesn’t work on Asian facial contours.

One of the factors that set regular rhinoplasty from Asian rhinoplasty is the tip projection that a patient has. An experienced surgeon would know that Asians typically have weaker cartilage on the tip area. A traditional procedure would not be applicable on this type of nose because removing a tissue on the tip area in an attempt to sharpen and narrow it will not create the right shape, usually resulting to a pinched appearance.

So, instead of removing, the surgeon would add some cartilage to either side of the nose to reinforce an upward projection; similar to how you would prop up a tent.

Another common process included in Caucasian rhinoplasty is the necessity to break the nasal bones in order to reconstruct it again to the desired shape and projection, and also to reduce the nose size. However this may not be necessary in Asian rhinoplasty since the placement of the implants to lengthen the nose already has a narrowing effect. Breaking some bones would only lessen the diameter of the airway which could cause blockage.

A poor understanding of the Asian nasal anatomy could also result to an overly large bridge. This would look perfect on a Caucasian face, but it would appear out of place if done on Asian features.

The nasal bridge in an Asian rhinoplasty should start pretty much at the level of the eyelashes or a few millimetres lower. This means that there should be a slight break between the forehead and the point where the nose starts to protrude. A surgeon who fails to see this detail would end up giving an Asian patient a Greek nose.

Another procedure under the umbrella of nose surgery is nostril narrowing. This should also be properly fashioned by the surgeon because this does not necessarily fit well on patients of Asian origin. This would be less applicable for Northern Asians, however narrowing the nostril to a certain degree would perfectly fit on patients with Southern Asian origins.

Doing this even if the situation does not call for it only subjects the patient to added invasiveness and a higher risk of infection.

Also proper nasal narrowing in Asians should be done while also taking the outside curvature of the nose into consideration. Otherwise, this would result to a nose that appears like it has been pasted on.

Seek Professional Advice

While it is great to have better knowledge and understanding about rhinoplasty procedure, no amount of research is substantial than getting a professional advice from your doctor. A consultation with your doctor will allow for a proper assessment of your condition. This is also a great opportunity for you to raise some concerns, hesitations and your expectations in getting a cosmetic surgery. Plus, your doctor will be able to explain to you how best you can achieve the eyelid surgery results that you are longing for.

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