Ethnic Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)
Asian, African American & Hispanic Rhinoplasty
Since people of different ethnicities often have noses with distinct characteristics, ethnic rhinoplasty requires a highly individualized approach. At his Seattle, Washington area practice Dr. Lamperti has extensive experience working with a diverse range of patients. Dr. Lamperti is especially attuned to the various aesthetic needs and preferences of African-American, Asian-American, Latin/Hispanic, Middle Eastern and other non-Caucasian patients which allows him to achieve results that harmonize beautifully with the other facial features of his patients.
- What Ethnic rhinoplasty involves
- Improving the low nasal bridge
- Reducing tip bulbosity
- Nostril narrowing
- How to help a droopy, under-projected tip
- Improving a dorsal hump
- Maintaining your ethnic identity
The following are some common concerns that Ethnic Rhinoplasty can address:
Having a low bridge is a common finding in Asian and African American noses. This patient had septal cartilage harvested, layered and then carved to create a customized implant. This was then placed over her nasal bridge using a hidden incision inside the nose (closed or endonasal approach). On frontal view one can see how the patient's nose appears less wide and her eyes seem closer together. On profile view a naturally augmented bridge can be seen.
This gentleman also presented with a low nasal bridge. Dr. Lamperti used the patient's ear cartilage that he then layered and carved before placing over the dorsum using a closed rhinoplasty approach. After surgery one can appreciate a higher starting point for the bridge and a less concave profile line.
Non-Caucasian noses are often notable for having relatively bulbous tips. The cause can be pinpointed to a variety of factors including thick skin, convex nasal tip cartilages, and a discrete fat pad between the nasal tip cartilages and skin. This patient is a good example of the role of both the subcutaneous fat pad and the orientation of the nasal tip cartilages. Besides improving the patient's tip bulbosity Dr. Lamperti also augmented the patient's nasal bridge using septal cartilage and narrowed her nostril width using a alar wedge excision.
This patient also had concerns about the fullness and width of her nasal tip. Once again, by flattening the excessively convex tip cartilages a more refined tip contour is created. This patient's cartilages were also quite wide, necessitating conservative trimming of the cartilage as well. On profile, the patient wished to create a smaller, more feminine nose. A natural profile line was created while also deprojecting the nasal tip.
Having excessive width to the nostrils is another common issue that patients would like to have addressed during rhinoplasty. A variety of techniques are available to produce a natural reduction in the width of the base of the nose. This patient had a wedge excision of her ala in addition to a small excision of skin from the nasal sill.
This patient was interested in limited changes to her nose, mainly wanting to reduce the width and flare of her nostrils. An excision involving the nasal sill allowed for improvement of the patient's nostril flare while not producing an overly narrowed nose.
This patient is another example of the effect of having an under-projected and droopy tip. Besides addressing the tip ptosis and under-projection Dr. Lamperti also improved the tip bulbosity and refined the bridge to create a straight, but natural profile. Click here to see additional photographic views of this patient.
This patient wanted to improve the droopiness to his tip in addition to wanting a straighter profile. Dr. Lamperti improved the patient's under-projected and under-rotated tip and also smoothed his bridge to create a straighter bridge.
This patient is a good example of improving nasal aesthetics by enlarging the nose. This patient has very thick skin which limits the ability to make her nose smaller. By increasing the patient's tip projection the overlying skin envelope is stretched such that the nose overall appears smaller.
This Hispanic man wished to have the hump on his bridge improved. Dr. Lamperti removed the bump while maintaining a masculine profile.
This patient was looking for a subtle change to her bridge. Dr. Lamperti conservatively took down the bump on her bridge leaving a natural profile line.