Ethnic rhinoplasty is a specific cosmetic procedure that can surgically alter the nose, which has no Caucasian features. It is usually designed for Africans, Indians, Asians, Arabs, etc. 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 only possible through surgery.
WHAT ARE THE PROCEDURES FOR ETHNIC RHINOPLASTY?
Usually, a nose is called ethnic when nasal bones have a broad and flattened appearance with wide nostrils and an amazed nose tip. There are two (2) varieties of ethnic noses: 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 nasal wing. An ethnic nose is usually characterized by a thick skin, a weak cartilage and bones that are rather short. 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, is rather characterized by a rhinoplasty of structural augmentation. It aims to reduce the proportions of the nose seen from the front and to increase the profile proportions.The different procedures are:
Basal implant placement: This procedure aims at correcting the nose of thick-skinned people. It is also used to raise the bridge and tip of the nose. The procedure is primarily designed for Asians.
Cartilage graft: Cartilage is generally taken from the ear and grafting serves to support and project the tip of the nose and or to fill a hollow at the nose edge.
Nasal plasty: it involves removing excess skin and soft tissues. It also serves to reduce the size of wide nostrils. The scar is placed between the Ala and cutaneous edge of the upper lip and will be housed in a natural fold.
Suture cartilage: it is used to reduce the tip of the nose.
Bone and cartilage resection osteotomy: it is used to refine the bony base of the ridge and bring the tip of the nose forward.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER PROCEDURE?
The situation varies from patient to patient. Post-surgery oedema will last longer than normal rhinoplasty. In addition, the nose may take one (1) year to acquire its full stability after the procedure. Physical activity must be avoided and quitting smoking is highly recommended to promote better healing. Applying a night bandage for a period of two (2) months is sometimes recommended. The patient will leave the clinic with a plaster that should be worn for five (5) to ten (10) days to maintain the new architecture of the nose in position.