Hispanic Rhinoplasty Beverly Hills
The Hispanic Nose
Hispanic rhinoplasty represents many of the new rhinoplasty patients every year. A better understanding of Hispanic rhinoplasty in recent years has led to improved results for Hispanic patients.
Hispanic rhinoplasty uses specialized techniques to improve the shape or function of a Hispanic patient’s nose without diminishing his or her ethnic characteristics. I am a specialist in ethnic rhinoplasty, including Hispanic, Asian and African American rhinoplasty. The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is to retain a person’s ethnic features so the new nose is in harmony with the patient’s face.
A westernized nose would not necessarily fit the features of a Hispanic patient. Therefore the new nose would not look natural. Part of my job, when performing Hispanic rhinoplasty, is to give each patient a nose that looks natural and complements his or her face. I have many years of experience performing Hispanic rhinoplasty surgeries and I am familiar with the nasal anatomy of Hispanic individuals.
Hispanic nasal anatomy may include a convex dorsum (hump in nasal bridge), a wide nasal bridge, an under-projected nasal tip with minimal definition, and possibly a wide nasal base. The patient may wish to remove a nasal hump and narrow the nasal bridge with surgery. If the tip is under-projected, additional tissue can be added to project the nose tip and give it more definition. There are many techniques available to give a patient a sharper, more defined nose that still looks appropriate and natural.
Hispanic Nasal Anatomy
- Skin: Thick, Abundant Sebaceous Glands
- Radix: Low to Normal
- Nasal Bridge: Wide
- Dorsum: Convex (Nasal Hump)
- Tip: Bulbous, Thick-Skinned, Under-Projected, Occasionally Derotated to Normal, Abundant Nasal Soft Tissue, Broad Wide Domes, Minimal Definition
- Columella: Short to Normal
- Base: Wide, Thick, Horizontal & Flaring Nostrils
- Nasolabial Junction: Retracted & Acute Nasolabial Angle (< 90 degrees)
- Maxilla: Within Normal Limits
Changes to the nose can have a noticeable impact on the appearance of the face. For this reason, small revisions tend to yield the best results. Especially in ethnic patients, small changes to the nose will help preserve ethnic features while still accomplishing the patient’s goals. Prior to rhinoplasty surgery, we will have a consultation at my office to discuss your goals for your new nose. I will perform a physical examination of the nose and look for any abnormalities or injuries that can affect the outcome of surgery. These might include previous injuries, obstructions, or abnormalities that have existed since birth. I will use computer imaging to give you a preview of what your new nose may look like with the changes we discussed. This image will serve as a guide during surgery, though it is not a guarantee of actual results. I am always prepared to augment my surgery plan during surgery if necessary, in order to ultimately give the patient favorable results.
Most structural changes can be made inside the nose and will not cause external scars. Some changes will require an open rhinoplasty technique, which will result in a single scar at the base of the nose. The goal is for this scar to be minimally visible, so that it will not be noticeable to most people.
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