Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty Beverly Hills
The Middle Eastern Nose
Middle Eastern rhinoplasty takes into account the ethnic features particular to people of Middle Eastern heritage. The goal of Middle Eastern rhinoplasty is to improve the nose’s appearance and/or function while still giving the patient a natural-looking nose that is in balance with his or her other facial features.
A cookie cutter approach is not appropriate for patients of any ethnicity because an overly westernized nose will not suit a person with ethnic features.
Certain nasal features are prevalent among people from the Middle East. The skin of the nose tends to be thick and sebaceous. The nasal tip may droop or be over-projected beyond what the patient would prefer. The dorsum (bridge) may have a noticeable hump and the nostrils may be set wide. The nose may appear too long for the patient’s comfort. These are just some of the characteristics that can be changed with rhinoplasty. Specific techniques are used to alter the nose without eliminating the patient’s ethnic features.
One challenge of Middle Eastern rhinoplasty is that it can be difficult to achieve fine features when dealing with thick skin. However, an angular nose might not suit the patient’s face. Each patient is examined individually and a unique surgery plan is designed to fulfill his or her desire for a new nose.
Prior to your rhinoplasty surgery, we will have a face to face consultation to discuss your expectations and goals. I will examine your nose and look for any abnormalities or injuries that might affect the surgery. Computer imaging will give you a preview of what your new nose may look like. This image will serve as a guide during surgery, though it is not a guarantee of actual results. Age, ethnicity, skin type, and any nasal deformities or injuries will all affect the final outcome of Middle Eastern rhinoplasty. You may also view the results of other Middle Eastern rhinoplasty procedures I have performed in my before and after photos.
As part of my examination of the nose, I will look for abnormalities or obstructions within the nose. A deviated septum, for example, can affect breathing and therefore should be corrected during rhinoplasty. The procedure to correct a deviated septum is called a septoplasty.
I primarily use an open rhinoplasty technique. This calls for an incision at the case of the nose so that I can open up the nose and gain access to its interior structures. Open rhinoplasty allows me to perform much of the surgery inside the nose, where incisions will not be visible. If I can make all the changes on the interior, the only visible scar will be at the base of the nose where the original incision was made. Once healed, the scar is usually very discreet. Rhinoplasty is usually performed with local anesthesia injections with intravenous sedation or, in some cases, under general anesthesia. It depends upon the extent and complexity of surgery.
Following rhinoplasty, the nose will be bruised and swollen temporarily. It will be congested for one to two weeks. The majority of bruising and swelling will resolve following these first two weeks. Cold compresses are recommended to help reduce the bruising and discomfort. A short course of post-operative antibiotics and steroids are given to the patient to help prevent infection and excess swelling.
Ethnic rhinoplasty, including Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, is one of my specialties that I have performed for many years. I also specialize in Middle Eastern revision rhinoplasty, which is the process of repeating rhinoplasty to improve upon a previous surgery’s results.