What is an Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
As you may already know, "rhinoplasty" is the medical term for a nose job. An ethnic nose job, or ethnic rhinoplasty, seeks to create a natural look and appearance for non-Caucasian noses. Extra care and attention to detail during the ethnic nose surgery makes it possible to create a more aesthetic nose while retaining your ethnic identity. Skin types and appearances vary depending upon an individual’s ethnic makeup. Many people of diverse ethnicities choose to get a nose job each year, but may 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, scarring.
The first step begins with the consultation. However, making a few preparations before the consultation will help you and Dr. Nassif communicate. 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.
A Rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia. This is 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 hides the incision.
Your recovery begins the moment you leave the surgery room. You will be placed in a special recovery unit. When you awaken, you may experience pain, nausea, and nasal congestion. These are all normal feelings and you should not be alarmed. 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 exactly 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, alter 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 allergies.
You will need to rest during your recovery period, but you must walk around for at least five minutes every other hour. This discourages blood clot formation. Don’t bend over or perform any vigorous physical activity until this has been cleared by our surgeon.
In your follow-up appointment, Dr. Nassif will place a taped dressing to continue to support the nose. Please avoid getting the dressing wet to avoid 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. Do not 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 (if you wish) after two weeks. Your nose will continue to heal, and results can take up to six months for the final result; 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.
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.