Ethnic rhinoplasty is a specific cosmetic procedure that can surgically change the nose which has no Caucasian features. It is usually performed for Africans, Indians, Asians, Arabs ... The goal of the procedure is to refine the genetically predetermined shape, which often results in insufficient development of bone and cartilage structures but without altering the ethnic characteristics of the patient. This is possible only through surgery.
WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES FOR ETHNIC RHINOPLASTY?
Usually, a nose called ethnic when nasal bones have broad and flattened appearance with wide nostrils and amazed nose tip. Usually there are 2 varieties of ethnic nose: African nose and Asian nose. African descents tend to refine the nose as a whole and reduce the size of the nostrils while Asian people would rather raise the nasal bridge and decrease the size of the wings of their noses. An ethnic nose usually has a thick skin, a weak cartilage and bones rather shorts. Skin thickness associated with the usual presence of a greasy compartment and the lack of support on the other side of the nose, either the back or the tip and the base of the nose, make the procedure consisting more often in a rhinoplasty of structural augmentation which aims to reduce the proportions of the nose seen from the front and to increase the profile proportions.
The different procedures are:
-The placement of a nasal implant: This procedure is appropriate to correct the nose of people who have thick skin and used to raise the bridge and tip of the nose. It is used primarily for Asians.
-The cartilage graft: The sample is generally at ear level and grafting serves to support and project the tip of the nose and filling a hollow at nose’s edge.
-The nasal plasty: Involves removing the skin and excess soft tissue and serves to reduce the size of the too wide nostrils. The scar is placed between the Ala and cutaneous edge of the upper lip and will be housed in a naturel fold.
-The suture cartilage: Is used to reduce the nose tip.
-Bone and cartilage resection osteotomy: Used to refine the bony base of the ridge and bring the tip of the nose.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER PROCEDURE?
The situation varies from patient to patient. Post-surgery oedema will last longer than normal rhinoplasty and it is not unusual for the nose to evolve to acquire its real stability after 2 years from procedure. Important sport’s activity must be avoided and quitting smoking is highly recommended for better healing. Applying a night bandage for a period of 2 months is sometimes recommended. The clinic patient leaves with a plaster to be worn for 5 to 10 days to maintain the new architecture of the nose in position.