Rhinoplasty is one of the most common plastic surgery procedures in the country. Noses are a prominent feature on the face and come in all sizes and shapes, but there are also ethnic differences as well. When performing Asian nose surgery, it’s very important for the surgeon to pay close attention to the unique details of this ethnic group. Dr. Kwan is a well-known plastic surgeon in NYC who has extensive experience with Asian nose reshaping surgery.
Traditional rhinoplasty vs. Asian rhinoplasty
The goal with Asian nose surgery is not to create a perfect Caucasian nose, but rather to create a nose that is in balance with the face and is ethnically consistent with Asian facial features. Here’s a look at some of the most common differences:
- Shape – An Asian nose maintains a wider triangular shape versus the Caucasian nose.
- Bridge Height – In many Asian noses, there is a small bridge height which can contribute to its wider, flatter appearance. In many Asian nose surgeries, the goal is to elevate the bridge without distracting from proper ethnic proportions.
- Bridge Width – The Asian nose is often wider than the Caucasian nose. By raising the bridge height, this often makes the width appear narrower.
- Tip Shape – The tip of the average Asian nose is usually much rounder than a Caucasian nose. Many Asian nose surgeries require cartilage grafting to reshape the tip of the nose.
- Base Width – The nasal base Asian nose can often be wider and flared when compared to the Caucasian nose. Altering the tip can improve these issues while also maintaining some width to preserve the triangular shape.
Dr. Kwan and his team work hard to help patients of Asian descent by improving their nose and still maintaining the correct ethnic esthetic. If you are in the NYC area and would like to see some of his before and after photos of Asian nose surgeries, call (212) 734-4488 today for an appointment.