Ethnic rhinoplasty is the medical term applied to a rhinoplasty when performed for non-Caucasian noses. It alters the shape of the nose without compromising its unique ethnic features and characteristics. People from different ethnic backgrounds have distinctive nose shapes that set them apart and reflect their heritage. Many ethnic noses are different – wider, flatter or shorter.. Non-Caucasian noses may also have thicker nose skin, a bulbous nose tip, and flaring nostrils.
AEthnic Rhinoplasty is similar to a traditional rhinoplasty in the sense that it aims to alter the shape of the nose and address breathing problems. However, ethnic rhinoplasty is different from a traditional nose job in that it takes into consideration the distinct ethnic features and nasal anatomical differences of people of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, Hispanic, or Indian descent.
Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon who performs ethnic rhinoplasty in Sydney. He has spent years studying the unique features of different noses.
What is an Ethnic Nose and how is it different?
People of different ethnicities have different nose features. An ethnic nose is a nose that has unique anatomical structures different from a Caucasian nose. A person’s skin colour, hair texture, cultural expressions, and language can give away their ethnicity, but so can their nose.
Caucasians generally have tall and thin noses with:
- A narrow nose bridge
- A relatively high nasal bridge
- A pointy nose tip
- Thin nasal skin and soft tissue
- Strong bone and cartilage inside the nose
On the other hand, people of non-Caucasian ethnicities may have:
- A wider nose
- Relatively low and flat nose bridge
- Bulbous nasal tip
- Thick nasal skin and soft tissue
- Wide nostrils
- Weak nose cartilage and bones
These ethnic nasal characteristics are also complemented by the other facial features that give you your distinctive ethnic look including your eyes, lips, cheeks, and chin. That’s why it can be very challenging to alter the spage of a non-Caucasian nose while maintaining the natural facial harmony.
When Dr Hunt performs a rhinoplasty on an ethnic nose, he always strives to achieve two goals:
- Achieve the desired shape of the patient
- Help to ensure sure your nose is proportionate to the rest of your ethnic facial features
The outcomes shown are only relevant for this patient and do not necessarily reflect the results other patients may experience, as results may vary due to many factors including the individual’s genetics, diet and exercise.
What Are the Features of Non-Caucasian Noses?
People descended from the same ethnic group generally share common nose features that set them apart from different ethnicities.
1. African Nose features
The typical features of an African nose include:
- Thick nasal skin
- Wide nasal ala or flared nostrils
- Wide and low nasal bridge
- Wide and bulbous nasal tip
- More fatty tissue within the nose
Patients with African noses seeking rhinoplasty usually wish to narrow the nostrils, narrow the nose bridge, and refine the tip of the nose. An ethnic African rhinoplasty aims to do that.
2. Asian Nose features
Compared with Caucasian noses, Asian noses are usually shorter, wider, and less projected. Common Asian nose features include:
- Low and flat nose bridge
- Wide and rounded nose tip
- Thick nose skin
- An abundance of soft tissue in the nose
- Wide nostrils
- Thin septum
- Weak nose cartilage
People with Asian nose characteristics seeking a thinoplasty often want to increase the projection of the nose from the face and alter a flat appearance. Asian rhinoplasty might include cartilage grafting too.
3. Middle Eastern Nose features
A Middle Eastern nose is a common facial feature among people descending from Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, Egypt, Qatar, and Jordan for example.
Several features make a Middle Eastern nose unique, such as:
- A long droopy nose shape
- A nasal hump
- Droopy nose tip
- Thick nasal skin
- Crooked nose or a deviated septum
People looking to get a rhinoplasty for a Middle Eastern nose usually wish to straighten the nose, smooth the nose bridge, and alter the projection of the nose tip.
4. Hispanic or Latino Nose features
People of Spanish or Latin American origins usually share the following special nose features:
- Thick nose skin
- Broad and bulbous nose tip
- A dorsal hump
- Wide nostrils
- Drooping nasal tips
- Weaker nose cartilage
Patients with Hispanic or Latino nasal cosmetic features looking to get a rhinoplasty may desire to narrow the nostrils, remove a nose hump, and refine their nose tip.
5. Indian Nose features
A typical Indian nose normally has the following cosmetic features:
- High nose bridge
- A broad nasal width
- A nasal bump or hump
- Drooping nose tip
People with Indian nose characteristics may want to improve the curvature of their nose, narrow the nose, and add definition to their nose tip.
What Is an Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
An ethnic rhinoplasty, or ethnic nose job, is a nose surgery that alters the size and shape of a nose with distinctive ethnic features. An ethnic nose surgery addresses the appearance of the nose while aiming to preserve its cultural identity. It allows people of Middle Eastern, Asian, Hispanic, African, or Indian origins to alter their nose without changing their unique ethnic look.
The outcome of the rhinoplasty needs to fit in with the rest of your facial features such as your eyes, your lips, your cheeks, and the shape of your chin.
While performing nasal surgery for people of non-Caucasian descent, Dr Jeremy Hunt focuses on:
- Supporting the weak nasal structures
- Fixing the shape of the nose while protecting its ethnic identity
- Correcting septal deviation and breathing problems
Dr Jeremy Hunt attentively considers all the cosmetic details of your face and how they all come together. He then meticulously plans your nose job to make sure your new nose will look balanced with the rest of your face.
What Are the Different Types Of Ethnic Rhinoplasties?
There are different types of rhinoplasties that are designed to meet the aesthetic needs of people with non-Caucasian noses including:
- African American rhinoplasty
- Asian rhinoplasty
- Middle Eastern rhinoplasty
- Hispanic rhinoplasty
- Indian rhinoplasty
1. African nose job or African Rhinoplasty
An African rhinoplasty is a nose surgery done to alter noses with African characteristics.
While performing rhinoplasty on an African nose, Dr Hunt usually aims to:
- Increase the height of a flat nose
- Alter the projection of the nose
- Make the nostrils narrower
- Sculpt the nose tip
2. Asian nose job or Asian Rhinoplasty
Asian rhinoplasty is performed according to the distinct anatomy of Asian noses.
During an Asian nose reshaping surgery, Dr Hunt will work on:
- Increasing the projection of the nose bridge
- Narrowing the nose
- Correcting nostril flaring
- Supporting the nasal structures with cartilage grafts
3. Middle Eastern nose job or Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty
A Middle Eastern ethnic rhinoplasty is designed for patients of Lebanese, Middle Eastern, or Oriental descent. During a Middle Eastern ethnic nose job, Dr. Hunt can help:
- Flatten a dorsal hump
- Straighten the nose
- Lift the nose tip upwards
4. Hispanic nose job or Hispanic Rhinoplasty
Hispanic rhinoplasty is a nasal surgery performed for patients of Hispanic origins.
During Hispanic nose surgery, Dr Hunt uses special surgical techniques that allow him to:
- Remove a nasal hump
- Raise the nasal tip
- Add height to the nose bridge
- Narrow the bulbous nose tip
After a Hispanic rhino, patients can enjoy a smoother nose shape with a more refined nose tip.
5. Indian nose job or Indian Rhinoplasty
Indian rhinoplasty is another type of ethnic nose surgery that specifically alter the shape of noses with typical Indian characteristics.
Dr Hunt customises an Indian nose surgery to:
- Correct a nose hump
- Fix a droopy nasal tip
- Narrow the nose
In every type of ethnic nose surgery, Dr Jeremy Hunt uses unique surgical approaches that will suit your distinctive ethnic nasal features.
Ethnic Nose Job Recovery
After any type of nose surgery, you can expect some discomfort, bruising, and swelling. With that said, each nose job is different and each nose heals in its own time.
Your recovery after rhinoplasty will depend on several things, including:
- Whether there was nasal bone breaking involved
- The amount of bone and cartilage that was removed
- Whether your nose needed cartilage grafts
- Whether your plastic surgeon used a closed or open approach
- Your body’s healing abilities
However, recovery from an ethnic rhinoplasty usually takes around 10 days, by that time you’ll probably be able to return to work, light exercising, and other regular activities. Your bruising and swelling will go down gradually over the first few months following your ethnic rhinoplasty. Three to six months after your rhinoplasty, your nose will remarkably improve and you can start noticing the final results.
The results of your surgery will improve over the first year following your nose surgery. In 12 months, you’ll be able to enjoy the final results of your nose job.
How Much Is an Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
After your consultation with Dr Hunt, you will get a precise quote for your ethnic rhinoplasty. The cost for your ethnic rhinoplasty will be determined by the amount of work desired, the surgical approach used, the medical equipment needed, the type of anaesthesia, and the hospital location where the surgery is performed.
Dr Hunt will perform the nose procedure to meet your unique aesthetic needs and expectations. After that, he will give you an estimate of how much your ethnic rhinoplasty will cost.
For more information about prices visit Dr Hunt’s pricing page
FAQs about Ethnic Rhinoplasty
How is ethnic rhinoplasty different from traditional rhinoplasty?
- All nose surgeries share the same goals: alter the appearance of the nose, and make the nose function better. An ethnic nose job is the same as a regular rhinoplasty; it alters the shape of the nose and fixes any nasal obstruction or breathing problems. The difference is that a rhinoplasty done on an ethnic nose emphasises the unique ethnic features of the nose and changes it in a way that keeps it in balance with the rest of the facial characteristics.
What is Ethnic Tip Rhinoplasty?
- Ethnic tip rhinoplasty is a procedure done on people of non-Caucasian descent. It’s designed to make a bulbous or wide nose tip (common in Asian, African American, and Hispanic noses) smaller and more pointed.
Are there surgeries to make your nose bigger?
- Plastic surgery like Nose Surgery can be performed to make a flat or short nose bigger. Ethnic nose jobs commonly include cartilage grafts harvested from the ear, septum, or ribs to add height to the nose and alter the shape of the nose tip.
Further Reading about Nose Surgery & Different Types of Rhinoplasty
- Read Dr Hunt’s Nose Surgery page
- Read Dr Hunt’s Rhinoplasty page
- See Dr Hunt’s Real Patient Nose Surgery Before and After Photos
- Blog How to find the Best Nose Surgeon Sydney
- Blog on Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Medical References about an Ethnic Nose Job
- ●Nasal Analysis and Anatomy: Anthropometric Proportional Assessment in Asians—Aesthetic Balance from Forehead to Chin, Part II
- Medical Article on Ethnic rhinoplasty
- Considerations in ethnic rhinoplasty
- Rhinoplasty: The African American Patient – PMC
About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon and a member of FRACS & ASPS. He has over 20 years of experience providing plastic surgery in Sydney.
Dr Hunt’s personal, one-on-one service and attention to detail has ensured that thousands of women and men from the Sydney & Wollongong NSW area and across Australia have received high quality surgical care.
Dr Hunt’s qualifications and education
Dr Jeremy A Hunt MBBS FRACS graduated with a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Sydney University in 1990 and is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and member of ASPS – the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. He completed a Fellowship at the prestigious University of Texas in the United States, where he learnt from some of the world’s very best plastic surgeons.
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