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Nasal anatomy varies between patients of different ethnicities. Because of this, a procedure such as rhinoplasty must be tailored to meet the structural needs and cultural preferences of each ethnicity. Mr Gwanmesia performs African rhinoplasty to fulfil the individual desires of his African patients. While there is no single standard for an African nose, many African patients experience poor nasal projection, a flat bridge and flared nostrils. African rhino procedures can enhance the projection of the nose, narrow the nostrils and shape the bridge, while maintaining the patient’s ethnic appearance.


The benefits of African rhinoplasty include:

  • Upholds ethnic preferences: African rhinoplasty ensures that nasal insecurities are addressed but heritage is not forgotten.
  • Hand-tailored techniques to match nasal structure: African rhino specifically addresses how the combination of thick skin and weaker-than-average cartilage factors into the choice of technique.
  • Enhanced precision: African rhinoplasty targets specific ethnic nasal concerns such as flared nostrils, a flat bridge, and poor projection.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for African nose re-shaping will meet the following criteria:

  • Dissatisfaction with the shape/structure of the nose
  • Of African descent
  • Overall good health
  • Non-smoker
  • Realistic expectations about the results

African Rhinoplasty Procedure

African nose reconstruction is performed through either the open or closed approach. During your consultation, Mr Gwanmesia will examine your nose and listen to your concerns to determine which technique is best suited to you. Traditionally, African rhino targets the bridge, tip and nostrils. Due to the combined thicker skin and thinner cartilage of many African patients, their bridges tend to be flatter, their nasal tips less defined and their nostrils flared. During the procedure, strength and structure must be added to the nose using struts and grafts to allow for the enhanced projection of the tip and bridge. Flared nostrils can be treated by trimming away excess skin.

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African Rhinoplasty FAQ

As nasal structures vary between ethnicities, the techniques used must vary as well. Only a surgeon who is knowledgeable and trained in ethnic rhinoplasty will be able to ensure that the proper techniques are performed to match the patient’s specific skin and cartilage thickness as well as nasal structure. Disregarding these anatomical differences may lead to undesirable results that require revision surgery.


You will be fitted with a nasal cast that will maintain your nasal structure and promote healing. Bruising and swelling will be present around the nose as well as under the eyes, which can last anywhere from six weeks to several months. Any discomfort can be remedied with oral pain medication. Most patients return to work within one week and can resume normal activities after four weeks.

Mr Gwanmesia performs African rhinoplasty under general anesthesia to ensure a painless procedure. You are required to have someone drive you home following your surgery.


Your results are permanent as long as there is no physical trauma sustained to the nose.

Yes. Smoking inhibits blood flow and increases the possibility of complications during both the surgery and the recovery period. You are required to quit smoking for at least four weeks before and after the procedure.

Dr Ivo Gwanmesia

Dr Ivo Gwanmesia is one of Harley Street’s most experienced and renowned craniofacial plastic surgeons. With over a decade of professional experience, he has transformed the lives of countless patients from all over the UK & abroad.

Due to his vast and hands-on training in the UK and the US, Dr Ivo now specialises in more than a dozen different aesthetic, craniofacial and transgender procedures. Some of them include face, neck, and brow lifts, upper and lower blepharoplasty, breast reduction & breast uplift as well as facial feminisation surgery, to name a few.

Dr Gwanmesia has also conducted pioneering research, which led to the development of a new technique for the reconstruction of the middle vault of the nose, known as the ‘Fulcrum Spreader Graft’. He was also part of a study comparing the efficacy of the Sheen Spreader Graft and the Fulcrum Spreader Graft. The study has since been published on PubMed and the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.