Ethnic Rhinoplasty Dallas
The term ethnic rhinoplasty is a bit confusing but is used as a catch-all phrase for rhinoplasty performed for non-Caucasians and includes Asian rhinoplasty, African rhinoplasty, Hispanic rhinoplasty, and Middle Eastern rhinoplasty. It may not be the most descriptive term and it may not even be the most politically correct to separate all the world’s rhinoplasty from Caucasian rhinoplasty. However, the term has some built-in utility that is helpful in creating general categorization of anatomic structures that must be approached differently than the Caucasian nose.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty Procedure
In most ethnic noses, there are certain broadly similar features despite incredibly different aspects that these noses possess. Usually, in ethnic noses, they have a thicker skin envelope along with thinner and weaker underlying cartilage and nasal bones. This combination means that overaggressive reduction of the cartilage structures can lead to problems, especially when considering the thicker, overlying skin envelope. In ethnic rhinoplasty, if the cartilage is over refined, the skin envelope will not contract onto the new cartilage structure, which can lead to subcutaneous (under the skin) scarring. This type of scarring is not like external scarring and is not visible on the skin. This scarring, however, prevents the nose skin to settle down onto the new framework and can actually make a bulbous nose appear even fuller afterward due to the scar tissue that develops between the cartilage and the skin. Accordingly, at times, Dr. Lam will support and expand the underlying cartilage to push through the thick skin (not advisable for thin-skin individuals) to show a stronger structure. Onlaying grafting techniques that would be unfavorably visible in thin-skin Caucasian noses are actually preferred in certain cases to enhance definition through the thick, overlying skin.
Ethnic noses are not the only ones to have thick skin and thin, underlying cartilages. Even some white noses exhibit these features, so there is a spectrum. Conversely, thinner skin and thicker cartilages are also evident in many so-called ethnic noses, especially if the individual is biracial or multiracial. The terms ethnic rhinoplasty and ethnic nose do not describe a perfectly uniform nose category. Instead, it may be a helpful term used to describe general anatomic features despite varied appearances of these noses and how Dr. Lam approaches these noses differently based on these anatomic features. For more specific understanding of each type of ethnic nose, you are encouraged to read the specific sections on this website that apply to you, e.g., Asian rhinoplasty, African rhinoplasty, Hispanic rhinoplasty, and Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, along with your specific gender, e.g., male rhinoplasty and female rhinoplasty. There are many other categories that may apply to you as well, e.g., revision rhinoplasty, traumatic rhinoplasty, etc.
Your Ethnic Rhinoplasty will be performed by Dr. Lam' surgery center located in Plano, TX.
Today was my 1 week follow up for my rhinoplasty and I had the absolute best experience from day 1. Dr. Lam and his team explained everything and treated me very well. I had absolutely no pain and minimal bruising. I can’t wait to see the results at 1 month. Thank you Dr. Lam and team.