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 with his Beverly Hills ethnic rhinoplasty and his revision nose procedures. He uses proven approaches in surgery to give the patient a new nose without visible or prominent scarring.

Before & After

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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, skincare regimens, and medications that you currently use.

What are the Benefits of Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty provides the benefit of being specially customized to your specific needs while respecting your ethnicity. This procedure provides a number of very positive benefits:

  • Preserves your heritage and unique beauty
  • Minimizes nasal flaws
  • Improves the size, shape, and symmetry of your nose
  • Takes your skin type and scarring potential into special consideration
  • Typically preserves the length of the nasal bone
  • Balances and brings your facial features into harmony
  • Corrects breathing concerns or issues caused by a deviated septum
  • Contours the nostrils as needed to provide your desired aesthetic appearance
  • Improves and boosts confidence
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The Surgery Before Going into Surgery

You will need to follow a specific set of guidelines prior to your Los Angeles ethnic rhinoplasty procedure, including 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 ethnic rhinoplasty. If you have any food in your stomach, it creates a risk of aspiration. 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 ethnic nose job.

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 – will we discuss every detail with you. Please discuss any concerns you have about which medications should be taken while fasting. You will need to repeat the anti-microbial shower the morning of the procedure. Wear clean clothes to the surgery and avoid contacting any dirty surfaces. You will be changing into a hospital gown upon arrival to the facility.

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The Ethnic Rhinoplasty Procedure

An ethnic 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 following your ethnic rhinoplasty, 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 your ethnic nose job, 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.

Dietary Guidelines

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.

Movement Following Surgery

You will need to rest during your recovery period following your ethnic rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, 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.

Follow Up Appointment

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.

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How Soon Can I Return to Work?

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.

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Will I still look like others of my ethnic group?

What’s the difference between a traditional rhinoplasty and an Ethnic-Rhinoplasty?

I’ve heard of non-surgical rhinoplasty in the past; is that the same thing as an Ethnic-Rhinoplasty?

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. During your ethnic rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, 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.

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Dr. Paul Nassif understands the importance of feeling confident in your appearance. He works with patients to enhance their natural beauty and allow them to get the most out of life. If you are interested in an appointment with Dr. Nassif, contact our office to schedule your consultation.

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