Q: What things should I take into consideration upon looking for an ethnic rhinoplasty or as an African-American interested in rhinoplasty?
A: Ethnic rhinoplasty is different in multiple ways from rhinoplasty done on Caucasian patients. First, the structure of the tissues is different and the physician who is treating you has to understand the detailed anatomy and have a strong working knowledge of the ethnicity’s nasal structure. In addition, it is important to maintain the integrity of the ethnic features of the patient following the procedure, or this can create greater chaos on the face and more disturbance, and lead to a further recondition of the nose which can result in the face looking unattractive. The goal is to further define and refine the nose, keeping it within the context of the ethnicity, yet make it appear more attractive. Ethinic rhinoplasty can be done as an open or closed procedure, depending on the individual situation of the patient. The most important consideration in ethnic rhinoplasty is the physician you choose. Consider choosing a doctor with a great deal of experience in a this area who understands the anatomy, physiology, and artistic parameters necessary to achieve outstanding results in ethnic rhinoplasty.