Patients who are interested in addressing imperfections on their face may want to learn about the ways in which they can make dramatic improvements. Patients who are unhappy with the shape or alignment of their nose may find themselves speaking with a plastic and reconstructive surgeon such as Dr. Edmund Kwan, M.D. Dr. Kwan can consult with individuals during an initial physical evaluation to determine whether or not an Asian rhinoplasty would benefit a specific patient based on his or her needs and desires. Many patients ask Dr. Kwan if an Asian rhinoplasty will change their ethnicity.
Dr. Kwan believes that in doing Asian rhinoplasty, the surgeon needs to be as conservative as possible. If the nose bridge is built too high, or the shape is changed too much, the person might actually look a bit more Caucasian and less Asian. It is equally important to understand the patient’s needs as to how they want to build their bridge. Some patients do want to have a more Caucasian looking nose. But in Dr. Kwan’s opinion most patients need to have a conservative type of build up of the bridge, while the emphasis must be on shaping the tip of the nose. “If we stick with the more conservative thickness of the nasal implant, then the patients will get a much more natural looking nose, and still retain their ethnicity,” says Dr. Kwan.
Patients must be deemed appropriate candidates for treatment before Dr. Kwan schedules the surgical procedure. This requires patients to visit his practice for a consultation visit and discuss the concerns they have in regards to their appearance. Aesthetic changes through surgery are a permanent, drastic change and should be considered carefully. Dr. Kwan can provide patients with the information they need to make a knowledgeable decision regarding their aesthetics and learn about the benefits and risks associated with reconstructive surgeries. Most patients who are in good health and have realistic expectations in regards to the procedure are the best candidates for procedures such as Asian rhinoplasty, and are most likely to be satisfied with the experience and results.