When it comes to rhinoplasty, individuality is extremely important, and no two procedures are carried out in exactly the same way. However, surgeons do use specific techniques to help predict and create consistently good outcomes. To be able to accurately predict healing patterns and results, a number of factors relating to the patient’s nose and heritage are considered, in order to give the doctor the best picture of the nose overall and help meet the goals of the procedure.
People of each ethnic background tend to exhibit similar nasal characteristics to one another, which surgeons who practice ethnic rhinoplasty (ethnic in this context referring to non-Caucasian rhinoplasty) are aware of and use to their advantage. However, for people who come from number of different backgrounds, predicting outcomes often becomes more difficult for even a skilled plastic surgeon.
Challenges of Mixed Race Rhinoplasty
Plastic surgeons use their past experiences combined with theoretical knowledge of trends in nasal anatomy when performing rhinoplasty, to predict outcomes and plan how a future procedure should be performed. For example, many people of African and East Asian descent tend to have weak nasal cartilage and thick skin, factors that can affect the way a surgeon tackles surgery. Mixed race rhinoplasty is a challenge because the surgeon can’t draw on these experiences as easily, and must navigate the procedure entirely on what he or she observes from the nose itself.
One of the major aspects of ethnic rhinoplasty is preserving ethnic identity and creating a harmonious facial balance. However, this can be even more of a challenge than it already is for patients of multiple races. Clear communication on both sides is essential to success.
Advantages of Mixed Race Rhinoplasty
While not being able to use standard assumptions about the nose has its downsides, there are also some advantages to this. Every nose is unique, and the surgeon should be assessing each case carefully and critically to determine the best approach, not using a cookie cutter approach based on theory. The most skilled rhinoplasty surgeons do this anyway, for every patient, as not all patients’ noses possess the standard qualities.
Depending on the patient’s background, he or she may have positive qualities such as strong cartilage from one side, helping to balance out negative qualities that could impact the rhinoplasty results.
A Unique Look
As with any rhinoplasty procedure, multiracial rhinoplasty focuses on the unique needs of the patient, and on creating an outcome that works on its own and with the other facial features. It is up to the patient to help the doctor determine what the goals are for the surgery and what aspects of the nose should be retained as much as possible. Rhinoplasty is just about the most customizable plastic surgery procedure of all cosmetic surgeries, and the number of variables that go into a successful outcome require collaboration and communication between doctor and patient to create a unique and successful look.
Techniques for Assessing the Nose
During the consultation, the doctor typically takes photos of the nose and digitally manipulates them to provide the patient with a point of reference that can be discussed. These previews are just that—previews, and patients need to understand that even the final image will not match the final results exactly.
The surgeon will also examine the nose to identify the tissue quality and nasal anatomy, and discussions will take place about the goals of the procedure and the patient’s candidacy for rhinoplasty.
The consultation is also an ideal opportunity for patients to ask questions and establish rapport with prospective surgeons—important to the overall process.
Finding an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Expert
While many plastic surgeons offer rhinoplasty, few are confident and capable when it comes to ethnic rhinoplasty. Only a board certified specialist has the experience and knowledge to successfully tackle the challenges of ethnic rhinoplasty, particularly multiracial rhinoplasty.
If you would like to speak with a dedicated rhinoplasty expert about your needs for surgery, come to Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033) and meet with acclaimed facial plastic surgeon Dr. Stuart Bentkover. Dr. Bentkover has over two decades of experience and has worked with patients of many different backgrounds over the years, to great success. To learn more and to schedule a consultation with Dr. Bentkover, call either location today to schedule a consultation.