Archive for March 5th, 2008

I am African American and am considering rhinoplasty. Is your rhinoplasty technique different for me?

March 05th, 2008 | Category: Rhinoplasty Philosophy,Rhinoplasty Techniques

In general, people have always identified African American noses as ones with a wide, short nasal bridge with wide nostrils. However, in point of fact there is tremendous variability in every parameter of the African American nose: including nostril shape and flare, nasal length, skin thickness, columella length, nasal projection, and bridge height. Unfortunately people continue to try to “pigeon- hole” African Americans into one type.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Base View

This African American patient is an example of some of the typical concerns addressed in an Ethnic Rhinoplasty. This young woman was unhappy with her lack of tip projection and definition, and the width and flare of her nostril base. She had a columellar strut, tip graft, and dorsal graft placed and an alar base reduction. In the After photo to the right, you can see that her tip projection and definition are improved and her nostril width and flare are reduced substantially. This reduction can be done naturally with inconspicuous scars and without the tell-tale pinched look that results in a very unnatural-looking nostril base.

All this being said, what we have found is that if we were to compare our average African American nose to our average Caucasian nose, we find that our African American patients tend to have: Read more

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