What’s an Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
As you may already know, a Rhinoplasty is the medical term for a nose job. An ethnic nose job, or ethnic Rhinoplasty, seeks to create a natural look and appearance of non-Caucasian noses. Extra care and attention to detail during the ethnic nose surgery guarantees retained ethnic identity. Skin types and appearances vary depending upon an individual’s ethnic identity. Many people of diverse ethnicities choose to get a nose job each year, but many fail to retain the important ethnic identity of their culture. Dr. Nassif leads the world’s plastic surgeons in this type of rhinoplasty and revisions. He uses proven approaches in surgery to give the patient a new nose without visible, or prominent, scaring.
The first step in the process begins with the consultation. However, making a few preparations before the consultation gives you and Dr. Nassif the best means of communication. Make a list of how you want your nose to look prior to the consultation. In addition to this list, you will need to bring a complete and thorough list of any supplements, vitamins, skin care regimens, and medications that you currently use.
Before Going into Surgery
You will need to follow a specific set of guidelines prior to your surgery such as showering with an anti-microbial soap the evening before your surgery. Do this immediately before you go to bed. Don’t apply any lotions, creams, or serums to your face. Don’t eat or drink anything beginning at midnight the day before your procedure. If you have any food in your stomach, you risk aspirating it. Aspiration is when stomach contents are expelled from the stomach and sucked into the trachea, or windpipe.
If you smoke or drink, please refrain from doing so for at least 24 hours before and 48 hours after your procedure. If at all possible, we prefer you quit smoking entirely, but we understand this isn’t an option for everyone. Both substances increase the risk for excessive bleeding and complications. If you take any medications for blood pressure, you may take them with a small sip of water. Please discuss any concerns you have about which medications should be taken while fasting with your physician during your consultation.
You will need to repeat the anti-microbial shower the morning of the procedure. Wear clean clothes to the surgery and avoid coming into contact with any dirty surfaces before your procedure. Don’t worry about your blood getting on your clothes because you will be changing into a hospital gown upon arrival to the facility.
Rhinoplasties require the use of general anesthesia. This is commonly known as being put to sleep for the surgery. Dr. Nassif prefers to use an open style incision to perform a Rhinoplasty. This gives him the best access to the nose, but it does require an incision along the base of the nose. This will not be visible once healed because the natural contour of the nose will hide it.
Your recovery begins the moment you leave the surgery room. You will be placed in a specialized recovery unit. When you awaken, you may experience pain, nausea, and nasal congestion. These are all normal feelings and you should not be alarmed if you experience them. Your nose will also be covered in bandaging and a pliable cast-like dressing.
In order to tend to the side effects from the procedure, Dr. Nassif may prescribe antibiotic medications, anti-nausea medication, and possibly, supplements depending upon your body’s unique needs. You will need to adhere to a schedule and take these medications as directed.
You will be given dietary guidelines following your procedure. Avoid foods high in fat and spices for the first day after your procedure. If you don’t experience any severe nausea when you eat, you may advance your diet slowly. If you have any other medical conditions that require a specific diet, please adhere to your prescribed diet. Avoid any foods known to exacerbate your allergies.
You will need to rest during your recovery period, but you must walk around for at least 5-minutes every other hour. This discourages blood clot formation due to immobility. Don’t bend over or perform any rigorous physical activity until cleared by the physician.
In your follow-up appointment, Dr. Nassif will place a taped dressing to continue to support the nose. Please avoid soaking the dressing due to the possibility of introducing harmful bacteria to the incision site. Sleep with your head above your heart for two weeks following surgery. If you choose, you may use cold compresses to control pain. Don’t apply ice directly to the face, especially the nose.
You will experience severe bruising and swelling lasting up to several weeks after your procedure. In most cases, the bruising and swelling should begin to subside by the end of the first week. You may return to work with the help of makeup after two weeks. Your nose will continue to heal, and results can take up to six months to be visible; however, many see results by the end of the first month.
If you experience any severe pain, swelling beyond expectations, or body temperature above 100 degrees, immediately contact the physician or go to an emergency center for assessment. These are signs of an infection.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty Frequently Asked Questions
Will I still look like others of my ethnic group?
The purpose of an ethnic nose job is to give you a new nose without losing your ethnic identity. Dr. Nassif makes the changes to your nose without causing them to clash with your other facial ethnic features. You can visit with him more on this topic when you have your consultation.
What’s the difference between a traditional Rhinoplasty and an Ethnic-Rhinoplasty?
A traditional Rhinoplasty focuses on making changes in the appearance of the nose. An Ethnic-Rhinoplasty focuses on the changes while paying close attention to the variances in skin, tissues, and appearance between Caucasians and other ethnicities.
I’ve heard of non-surgical Rhinoplasty in the past; is that the same thing as an Ethnic-Rhinoplasty?
No. A non-surgical Rhinoplasty doesn’t involve any surgery. Non-surgical Rhinoplasty uses fillers to enhance the appearance of the nose. Unfortunately, it neither corrects internal problems nor decreases the size of the nose.