Every culture has their own beauty ideals, so many plastic surgeons have pursued special training for treating different ethnicities.
One of the procedures many minorities have been reluctant to pursue is rhinoplasty, for fear that it could obscure the traditional appearance associated with their heritage. However, more and more surgeons are learning about ethnicities’ physiological and cultural distinctions that allow them to enhance a patient’s nose without subtracting identity.
“It is vital to preserve the ethnic heritage of the given patient and understand that ethnic rhinoplasty is more about balance of the face and not assuming the look of another racial or ethnic group-a fear that many African American patients still have,” said NewBeauty Editorial Advisory Board member Julius Few, MD.
In addition to quelling concerns about a loss of cultural individuality, surgeons are paying extra attention to the inherent physical differences of various ethnicities.
“Compared with a long, narrow, straight Caucasian nose that is covered by thin skin, the Mestizo nose shows differences in size, shape and cutaneous cover,” explained Mexican surgeon Jose Guerrerosantos, MD, at a recent industry summit on the topic. “In contrast to the classic reduction rhinoplasty that we perform in the Caucasian patient, in the Mestizo, we need to do a combination of reduction and augmentation procedures.”
In order to achieve the most pleasing results with your own nose job, it is not necessary to visit a doctor who shares your ethnicity; however, you should confirm with your chosen surgeon that he or she has extensive experience with and a long list of satisfied patients who do.
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