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Dissatisfaction with one’s nasal appearance is a common insecurity among patients of all ethnicities. Rhinoplasty is performed to refine nasal contours and improve facial harmony. While the goal of all rhinoplasty procedures remains generally consistent, how the desired results are achieved differs significantly between different ethnicities. Although there is no ethnic facial standard, all ethnicities share certain traits and characteristics that require specific techniques when it comes to rhinoplasty. Between these anatomical differences and the fact that the ideals of beauty shift between cultures, rhinoplasty must be tailored to the patient’s ethnicity and performed by an ethnic rhinoplasty specialist like Mr Gwanmesia. Ethnic rhinoplasty enhances nasal appearance while preserving patients’ cultural identity.

Enhancing Your Ethnic Rhinoplasty Results

Each ethnicity has differing opinions about what is aesthetically beautiful and culturally proper. The idea of ethnic rhinoplasty is to address each patient’s nasal concerns without hindering or altering the unique cultural characteristics that define them.
The goal of any facial cosmetic procedure is to ensure and enhance facial proportions and harmony. All techniques used and adjustments made during ethnic rhinoplasty must move toward creating a balanced appearance that meets both aesthetic and ethnic desires.
As anatomical structures and sizes of facial features vary between ethnicities, ethnic rhinoplasty must be individualized to meet each patient’s specific cosmetic concerns. Skin type, texture and thickness as well as cartilage thickness are evaluated to match the patient with the proper technique.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Techniques

West Asian

Patients of West Asian descent, such as those from Iran, Iraq and Turkey, tend to desire adjustment of a prominent hump on the bridge of the nose as well as the rotation of a drooping and poorly supported nasal tip. Additionally, the nostrils may be narrowed to create a balance between the chin, nose and eyes.

South Asian

Patients of South Asian descent, such as those from India and Pakistan, tend to have a shorter, narrower midface that causes the surrounding facial features to appear larger. Patients desiring South Asian rhinoplasty traditionally want adjustment of a prominent nasal hump and adjustment to the nasal tip position, as there is often a lower nasolabial angle between the tip and the top of the lip. This drooping tip causes the nose to appear elongated and larger than it is.

African & Caribbean

Patients of African and Caribbean descent traditionally have thicker skin paired with weaker cartilage. This combination causes the nose to lack projection, resulting in a flatter bridge and broader, flared nostrils. Most African and Caribbean rhinoplasty procedures involve narrowing the nostrils while adding structure and projection to the bridge and tip of the nose.

East Asian

Patients of East Asian descent, such as Chinese and Japanese patients, tend to have nasal tips that are shorter and more upturned. This may contribute to rounded, flared nostrils. The goal in East Asian rhinoplasty is to refine the nasal tip and add strength and structure to the nose so that there is proper projection and balance between the nose and the eyes.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgery Concerns

Age: 40 to 44 year old female patient

Description: 16 months post revision rhinoplasty

Procedure: Open revision ethnic rhinoplasty

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Age: 30 to 34 year old female patient

Description: 6 months post op

Procedure: Revision Open Ethnic Rhinoplasty

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Age: 25 – 30 year old male

Description: 3 months post op

Procedure: Primary rhinoplasty

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Age: 20 – 25 year old female

Description: 3 months post op

Procedure: Tertiary rhinoplasty

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Age: 30 – 35 year old male

Description: 6 months post op

Procedure: Primary rhinoplasty

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*Results may vary from patient to patient. There is no guarantee of outcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Ethnic rhinoplasty provides permanent adjustment to your nasal form and structure. It is vital to follow all post-operative instructions to ensure that your rhinoplasty heals correctly.
Any non-Caucasian patients who suffer from dissatisfaction and insecurity with their nasal structure are candidates for ethnic rhinoplasty. All candidates should be in good general health and have realistic expectations of their results.
If a previous rhinoplasty left you with subpar, non-ethnically tailored results, revision ethnic rhinoplasty could address your concerns. It is important to wait at least a year after the initial rhinoplasty procedure to ensure that all healing is complete.
Yes. It is vital that you quit smoking at least four weeks before your ethnic rhinoplasty. Smoking reduces blood flow, putting you at a greater risk of complications during the procedure as well as during your recovery.
A deviated septum, where one side of the nasal passage is larger than the other and thus restricts airflow, can be repaired during your ethnic rhinoplasty to promote not only an aesthetically pleasing nose but also a well-functioning one.

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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.