1. How does Asian Rhinoplasty (nasal reshaping) differ from more traditional Western rhinoplasty?
The major differences between Asian noses and those of their Caucasian counterparts include the height of the bridge and the width of the tip and nostrils of the nose. Many Asian noses need greater height and projection of the nose, as well as refinement of the tip and nostrils, while Western noses often need to be reduced. Of course, there are many more subtle differences, as well as cultural and personal aesthetic preferences, that must also be taken into account. Your nose is unique, and your rhinoplasty should be, too.
2. What are the typical characteristics of an Asian nose?
Asians generally have thicker skin, often accompanied by more numerous sebaceous glands. The cartilage is often thin and weak, providing less support to the heavier skin covering. This leads to a flatter, lower nose, particularly at the tip. The nostrils, or nasal alae, may also appeared flared or wide. In addition, the bridge (or nasal dorsum) of the nose can appear to begin very low in the face, giving the nose a shortened appearance. Finally, because Asians may have a flatter midface (roughly the area between the lower eyelids and the upper lip), the nose may sit on a foreshortened bone (the maxilla) that is behind the upper lip, giving it a flatter profile.
3. Are all Asian noses the same?
They are not. There are certain trends depending on ethnicity, but each of us is unique. For example, Southeast Asian noses may have lower nasal bridges and wider, flaring alae (nostrils). Southeast Asians can include those of Burmese, Cambodian, Filipino, Indonesian, Laotian, Malaysian, Thai, and Vietnamese descent. Those from Eastern Asia, including Chinese, Japanese, and Koreans, often need less nostril narrowing (alar reduction).
4. Is there a non-surgical method for Asian rhinoplasty (nasal reshaping)?
Yes. At the Chow Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, those who qualify can also have a 10 minute nonsurgical procedure to enhance the appearance of the nose. More information is included in the nonsurgical rhinoplasty section. In order to find out if you qualify, simply schedule a consultation with Dr. Chow.
5. How is the Asian rhinoplasty done?
To learn more about the techniques used and what to expect before and after surgery, simply click to review the Asian Rhinoplasty Description page.
6. Will I need an implant if I have an Asian rhinoplasty?
Because many Asian noses have low nasal bridges that need to be lengthened and raised, implants are frequently used in Asian nasal reshaping. Dr. Chow prefers to use either cartilage from the patient or an advanced composite implant. The best way to determine what is right for you is to discuss this in detail during your consultation.
7. What is the recovery time for an Asian rhinoplasty?
Most patients look great within a week of surgery, with minimal bruising, if any. You may return to work or school and engage in most of your usual daily activities. After two weeks, moderate exercise is fine, and after three weeks, any non-contact sports should be fine. If an implant or dorsal cartilage grafting is done, waiting six weeks before engaging in activities where the nose may be accidentally struck (e.g., kickboxing, football, baseball) is highly recommended.