As a highly experienced ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Kimberly Lee tailors every surgery specifically to you, your body type and ethnic background.
Types of Ethnic Rhinoplasty
As one of the top providers of ethnic rhinoplasty in Los Angeles, Dr. Kimberly Lee fully understands the aesthetic requirements necessary to create a beautiful and natural looking Asian nose. Her own heritage is Asian and as such she is much sought after for her Los Angeles Asian rhinoplasty procedures. Additionally, because Dr. Lee is also one of the top doctors of Asian plastic surgery in Los Angeles, she is considered an opinion leader in the field.
In many ethnic groups, rhinoplasty involves removing excess tissue to bring the nose into harmony. With specific regard to the Asian nose job, the procedure usually involves creating structure to more clearly define the three dimensional nature of the nose.
This is usually focused on building up the bridge of the nose as well as reducing the width at the base, refining the tip and increasing the projection of the nose. Asian rhinoplasty requires a much less aggressive approach since the emphasis is on adding to the structure.
Increasing bridge height must be done conservatively to avoid creating a Caucasian nose on an Asian face. Elevating the bridge requires the addition of cartilage donated by the patient or from a tissue bank or using a nasal implant. Having a smooth straight profile requires the use of a single length of material to avoid postoperative bumps and other cosmetically undesirable defects. Besides creating more projection in profile, elevating the bridge has the effect of narrowing the base of the nose which may be all that is needed for this issue.
Asian rhinoplasty often involves tip refinement. Often there is not enough natural cartilage in the tip which causes the end to appear round. Using cartilage grafts in the tip will create definition and increase length and projection where needed.
African-Americans have a broad range of nasal characteristics due to the fact that Africans are among the most diverse ethnic groups on the planet. This makes African-American rhinoplasty a very specialized subject. Not all African-American noses are the same and depending on whether their ancestry is from East Africa, Central Africa or Western Africa, nose characteristics are very different.
For most African American patients, there are several traits within this varied ethnic group that prompt a consulting visit to Dr. Lee; a wide nasal tip, a low and wide nasal bridge, wide nostrils and a shortened tip cartilage.
These traits combine to make the nose appear out of proportion to the rest of the face in several ways. They can make the nose appear wide at the frontal view and without enough projection for the profile view. They can make the nose disproportionately large in relation to the other facial features.
Each patient presents a different surgical and aesthetic challenge depending on many factors that only the trained eye of a board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience in ethnic rhinoplasty can distinguish. Dr. Lee creates structure where it is lacking, as in the bridge, and artistically determines how much structure to remove, as in reducing nostril width or refining the tip.
Persian, Middle-Eastern & Arabic Rhinoplasty
The nose is the most prominent feature of the face and ideally should be in proportion to the rest of the features. Persian, Middle Eastern & Arabic rhinoplasty is generally focused on reducing overall size by establishing which part or parts of the nose need refinement. The dorsal hump may need to be reduced, the tip may need to be reshaped and the length or width may need to be brought into proportion. Our Los Angeles ethnic rhinoplasty procedures ensure that the patient’s appearance will not be so dramatically altered that their identity is at risk.
Dr. Lee is always aware of the unique qualities that must be preserved in ethnic rhinoplasty to ensure her patients do not lose the characteristics that define them. A Middle-Eastern nose job not only involves reshaping and reducing specific components of the nose, but also must ensure that the nose functions as intended.
Reducing a prominent nasal bridge, or dorsal hump, must be done very precisely to establish an aesthetic balance between the chin, nose and eyes. Overly aggressive reshaping of the dorsal hump can have unsatisfactory cosmetic results.
Sculpting the tip of the nose to remove the round or bulbous shape that characterizes Persian and Mid-East noses is another area that requires a high level of skill to ensure the result is natural and fits the patient’s facial proportions.
Whether you want to refine and reshape your nose ensuring that your ethnic heritage is preserved, or you have another goal in mind, Dr. Lee can help you visualize what your final result will be. As always, the goal is a beautiful and natural nose that complements the other facial features.
Learn more about Middle-Eastern, Persian & Arabic nose jobs here.
Hispanic & Latin Rhinoplasty
People of Hispanic heritage can have different facial features depending on their origin. Hispanic refers to people primarily from Latin America, including Cuba, Mexico and Puerto Rico, as well as Spain and Portugal. Each group has similar yet subtle differences in their overall facial structure.
Many rhinoplasty patients in the Los Angeles area are well represented by the Hispanic community and Dr. Lee has identified the features that are most troublesome to patients. These can be summarized as thick nasal skin combined with weak cartilage in the tip, a wide or flared nasal base and a pronounced bump high on the bridge of the nose. These factors necessitate a careful and well-thought-out approach for Hispanic rhinoplasty procedures.
Thick nasal skin with a high concentration of oil producing glands is common with Hispanic patients. The thick skin masks the cartilage in the tip and can make the nose appear wider overall. Thick skin over weak cartilage also creates a bulbous tip. Overcoming the masking property of thick skin is accomplished by building up the cartilage in the tip to provide a more defined base for the skin to cover.
Further refinement is achieved by carefully removing excess tissue at the base of the nose which narrows the base. These surgeries require a level of refinement that is accomplished through careful surgical planning and painstaking detail in execution.
Dr. Lee understands that a change of only a few millimeters can make a profound change in overall facial appearance. Tiny changes that improve definition and proportion are what create the overall exquisite results she routinely achieves for all of her Latin & Hispanic rhinoplasty patients.
How Does Ethnic Rhinoplasty Work?
For a successful ethnic rhinoplasty, the surgical approach should be extremely subtle. The surgery should enhance your genetic and cultural identity, create a very natural appearance, and create a subtle alteration to your nose structure. Dr. Lee strives to create the most natural look while improving facial balance and harmony with a custom alteration rhinoplasty. An ethnic rhinoplasty, when performed with artistic skill should not “westernize” your nose, but subtly alter certain aspects, so your nose is not distracting, but enhances your overall look in the most natural way.
Who is a Candidate?
Candidates are people from any background that are unhappy with some aspect of the nose shape, size, or projection. If you have some issue with your nose that you dislike, whether a flat nose bridge, hump on the bridge, wide or long nostrils, a hanging or bulbous tip or any other aesthetic issue, you are likely a candidate for ethnic rhinoplasty. Candidates should also:
- Have realistic expectations for their procedure
- Be medically safe to undergo surgery
- Are in good physical and emotional health
- Are non-smokers or can stop for the recommended period
- Have no ongoing infections
- Are not on any blood-thinning medication or supplements
Recovery After Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Recovery from ethnic rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills goes through several stages. The first two weeks are the most critical. During this time there will be swelling and bruising, and you will have to wear a supportive splint during the first week. You should also take the first week or two off from work to allow for a more comfortable recovery with less stress. The following are some of the things you can do to aid your recovery:
- Avoid bending over
- Avoid sneezing or blowing your nose
- Do not engage in any strenuous activity or exercise for up to six weeks
- Avoid any activity that could lead to an impact on your new nose
- Sleep with your head elevated
- Use ice packs or cold compresses for any swelling
- Take short walks and drink plenty of water
What makes ethnic rhinoplasty different?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is different from conventional rhinoplasty because it is specialized to your ethnic background. Noses are vastly different from one ethnicity to another and must be altered with great care. Everything from the skin, to the shape of the nose, must be taken into consideration so that a person’s cultural identity is maintained, and the nose shape (and function) enhanced.
Will it look natural?
The aim is always to have the outcome of surgery look as natural as possible. Dr. Lee excels in natural-looking results as her approach is minimalist and discreet.
What other procedures can be combined with an ethnic rhinoplasty?
A septoplasty (to correct a deviated septum) may be performed during an ethnic rhinoplasty. Other facial procedures may be performed simultaneously at the discretion of Dr. Lee, such as an eyelid lift or chin enhancement.
Are there any risks?
Risks such as bruising, swelling, and bleeding can accompany this surgery. Other risks such as infection are possible, but these risks are reduced by carefully following post-surgery care instructions, and ensuring your operation is performed by a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon.
How long do results last?
Results should last for many years to come. Noses tend to keep their new shape after surgery, although changes can occur over time with the natural aging process or subsequent injury.
Why Choose Dr. Kimberly Lee?
Dr. Kimberly Lee is board-certified in head and neck surgery, and specializes in facial surgeries, including rhinoplasty and nasal surgery. Her in-depth training and experience led to her reputation as being one of the top female plastic surgeons practicing in Los Angeles. She has a deep understanding of the nose structure and its ethnic variations, along with the surgical techniques and artistry to bring about greater harmony among your features. She will take the time to understand your goals, without rushing or pressuring you. She uses the latest technology and surgical techniques and offers 3D imaging to assist in the process.
Schedule your private consultation with Dr. Kimberly J. Lee today
If you’re unhappy with the size, shape and appearance of your nose, we encourage you to contact Dr. Lee today and schedule a consultation for arguably the best ethnic rhinoplasty Beverly Hills has to offer. During your meeting, she will carefully evaluate your nose and facial anatomy as a whole, before composing a custom surgical plan designed to address the cosmetic imperfections that concern you most, ultimately achieving a more attractive, and extremely natural, end result.
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