Asian Rhinoplasty is an extremely complex and distinctive procedure that customizes rhinoplasty for Asian patients. This technique requires tremendous skill, and is intended to correct any structural and/or cosmetic issues while preserving the ethnic appearance of the patient’s nose. If you are interested in this procedure, or wish to schedule a consultation with our plastic surgeon, Dr. Eric Okamoto, please contact us today.
What Are the Benefits of Asian Rhinoplasty?
Dr. Okamoto is extensively experienced and skilled in Asian rhinoplasty. Due to the complexity of this procedure, locating a plastic surgeon who has shown success in this particular surgery is crucial. When executed properly, Asian rhinoplasty has many benefits, including:
- Improved facial symmetry
- A more defined nasal bridge
- Reshaped and refined nasal tip
- Structural defect correction
- Ethnic characteristics are respected and maintained
The Asian Rhinoplasty Procedure
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No two Asian noses look alike, but there are three themes that are usually present: (1) the nasal dorsum, also commonly referred to as the “bridge,” does not project from the face adequately; (2) the tip of the nose is overly rounded, ill-defined, and under-projected; (3) the nasal base surrounding the nostrils is too wide. The extent to which these features exist vary from one individual to the next.
When the nasal dorsum is lacking height, it can be augmented in various ways with multiple materials. Although Dr. Okamoto uses the patient’s own cartilage for most other nasal areas, this is a situation where a dorsal silicone implant is often used, particularly when the nasal bridge is significantly under-projected. All other options will be thoroughly discussed during the consultation.
An Asian patient presenting with a poorly defined, under-projected, and rounded nasal tip is a rhinoplastic challenge. An open rhinoplasty approach is usually applied to alter this set of conditions. The existing tip cartilages are reshaped with sutures. Often, additional cartilage is harvested from the septum to support and enhance the tip.
Surgical correction for a nasal base that is overly wide requires an excision of a wedge of skin and subcutaneous tissues on each side. Although external scars are associated with this maneuver, it is often necessary to achieve the desired result. Moreover, it complements the changes accomplished with the tip alterations described above.
Recovery from Asian Rhinoplasty
The procedure takes approximately one hour (sometimes less), and most patients are able to return to their daily activities within one to two weeks after surgery. Since the desired result can often be accomplished without the need for bone fracturing, post-operative swelling and bruising tends to be less severe in Asian rhinoplasties as compared to traditional rhinoplasty surgery. Results will improve over time as swelling goes down, and healing should be completed after roughly one year.
To learn more about Asian rhinoplasty, or to meet with Dr. Eric Okamoto in a one-on-one consultation, please contact our practice today.