Facial features are unique; however, people from certain ethnic groups tend to have particular common facial features. Studies show that people who descend from a certain ethnicity share common nose features related to shape, projection, length, and width. The Middle Eastern rhinoplasty is a special type of ethnic rhinoplasty that’s designed for patients of Lebanese, Middle-Eastern, or Syrian descent.
What Is a Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty?
Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, or Middle Eastern nose job, is a type of ethnic nose surgery. It’s specifically designed to preserve the cosmetic ethnic features of people of Middle Eastern ethnicity. Middle Eastern rhinoplasty is one of many ethnic nose procedures that aim to maintain the unique looks of people from specific ethnicities (just like an Indian rhinoplasty or Asian rhinoplasty).
Although Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty can reinforce your ethnic identity, that’s not the only advantage it offers. The Middle Eastern rhinoplasty takes into consideration the standard (or usual) nose shape seen in Middle Eastern people. This includes characteristics like the shape of the nasal hump, width of the nasal base, size of the nostrils, and projection of the tip.
The ethnic Middle Eastern nose features are known to plastic surgeons thanks to many observational studies that have recorded the most common nose shapes in this population. Despite this, Middle Eastern rhinoplasty can’t be performed by just any plastic surgeon. It requires specific knowledge of the target population and experience in this specific surgery.
Over the years, Dr Hunt and Dr Maryam, have worked with many patients of Middle Eastern descent in Sydney and surrounds.
Unique Cosmetic Features of a Middle Eastern Nose
Every nose is different. However, certain cosmetic features are prevalent in people of a specific ethnicity. These are features that are characteristic of these ethnic groups and, sometimes, part of their identity. When it comes to the Middle Eastern nose, it’s expected to have the following characteristics:
- A slight hump
- Slightly longer
- The tip is relatively pointing more downward
- The tip is a little wider and more bulbous
- The nasal skin is a little thicker
These unique features give the Middle Eastern nose its identity. If you’re undergoing a Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, your nose shape will be altered, but your surgeon will be mindful of your ethnic features that you want to preserve. Your nose will be altered while taking all your facial features into consideration, in addition to emphasising your ethnic characteristics.
Who Can Get a Middle Eastern nose job?
Despite the name, Middle Eastern rhinoplasty is not only for patients of Middle Eastern descent. Biology knows no boundaries, and we share genetics and features with communities that extend way beyond our borders. That being said, the ancestry and descent of Middle Eastern people intertwine with those of other Oriental countries (e.g. Greece and Cyprus) and Middle-Eastern countries (e.g. Iraq, Syria, Jordan). People descending from these ethnicities tend to share the typical Middle Eastern nose features. That’s why, sometimes, the Middle Eastern nose job can be called an Oriental Rhinoplasty in the medical literature.
Who’s a Suitable Candidate for a Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty?
If you’re considering having rhinoplasty, then an ethnic Middle Eastern rhinoplasty might be a suitable option for you if:
- You have typical ethnic Middle Eastern facial features (face shape, eye size and shape, chin projection, and jaw shape)
- You want to alter your nose while preserving your ethnic Middle Eastern identity
- You have a nose that’s projecting, wide, or with a dorsal hump
- You are willing to stop smoking for at least 4 weeks before and after your nose surgery
- You have realistic expectations for rhinoplasty results
- You can take a few days off work
Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty vs Traditional Rhinoplasty
When comparing traditional rhinoplasty to Middle Eastern ethnic rhinoplasty, the differences may appear minor. But all that it takes in nose surgery is a subtle change to alter the whole end result.
For an outside observer, both Middle Eastern rhinoplasty and traditional rhino surgery are similar. The surgery can include General or local anaesthesia. Open or closed incision. Nasal bone-breaking, cartilage manipulation, altering the shape, tip reshaping, alarplasty, tip plasty, bone or cartilage grafting. Even in a Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, each patient needs a unique approach that suits their individual anatomy and cosmetic desires.
The difference between the Middle Eastern rhinoplasty and the traditional rhinoplasty lies in the little things. Your surgeon will alter the shape of the nose in a way to:
- Maintain a very minor hump if you desire
- Give the nose more length
- Rotate the tip slightly more downward
- Give the nasal tip relatively more volume
See, it’s all about relative proportions. However, the size of each part, its shape, and projection, will be relatively different to preserve a Middle Eastern ethnic appearance.
Cost of a Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty
Determining the cost of a Middle Eastern rhinoplasty can’t be done before getting examined by Dr Maryam or Dr Hunt. Each procedure is designed to meet every patient’s aspirations and desires. The type of anaesthesia, surgical approach, location of surgery, and additional procedures all play a role in determining the final price of a Middle Eastern rhinoplasty. Our surgeons will gladly give you an estimate of how much you’ll need to pay once you come for your appointment.
Medicare and insurance in Australia might sometimes cover rhinoplasty procedures performed to treat functional medical problems (e.g. nasal obstruction or septal deviation). Therefore, sometimes, you might be eligible for a rebate and partial health insurance coverage.
FAQs about Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty
What is a Middle Eastern nose?
- In plastic surgery, when talking about a Middle Eastern nose, you’d be referring to the unique nasal cosmetic features usually seen in people of Lebanese or Middle-Eastern descent. This includes a slightly, bigger tip, and slight downward rotation. The right Middle Eastern nose can be achieved through special ethnic Middle Eastern rhinoplasty surgery.
Is Middle Eastern rhinoplasty the same as Oriental rhinoplasty?
- Most of the time, Middle Eastern nose job and Oriental nose job are used interchangeably and refer to the same ethnic nose job types. This is because people of Lebanese, Oriental, and Middle-Eastern descent share a lot of common ancestry and features.
Is a Middle Eastern rhinoplasty better than a normal rhinoplasty?
- Both the Middle Eastern rhinoplasty and traditional rhinoplasty are theoretically the same procedure. However, the Middle Eastern rhinoplasty emphasises ethnic features more effectively. This produces a more typical Lebanese-looking nose that may be more suitable for some people.
What is ethnic rhinoplasty?
- Ethnic rhinoplasty is a type of procedure that takes a person’s ethnicity into consideration. It emphasises cosmetic nasal features that are usually seen in people from a certain ethnic group. Examples include Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, Indian rhinoplasty, and Asian rhinoplasty.
Is Middle Eastern rhinoplasty painful?
- You shouldn’t feel any pain during your Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, thanks to anaesthesia. After the surgery, your nose will be sensitive and you might experience some pain. However, it’s usually nothing that routine painkillers can’t alleviate.
How is Recovery after a rhinoplasty?
- Recovery after a Middle Eastern nose job is the same as that after any other rhinoplasty. The first few days might be challenging. Pain, swelling, and bruising are more significant during the first few days. Nevertheless, as time passes, the symptoms will gradually resolve. You should be able to go back to work after 1 week, and almost all of the symptoms will be gone by 6 weeks.
Further Reading about Nose Surgery & Different Types of Noses
- 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 Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Medical References about a Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty
- Rhinoplasty in Middle Eastern Patients
- How to Harmonize the Ethnic Nose
- Considerations in ethnic rhinoplasty
- Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty: Update
About Dr Jeremy Hunt – Specialist Plastic Surgeon
Dr Jeremy Hunt is a specialist plastic surgeon performing breast, body, face and nose surgery in Australia. He is a member of FRACS & ASPS and 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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