Asian heritage brings with it certain distinctive facial and nasal characteristics that shape a person’s ethnic appearance. These features therefore may present out of balance with some aspects of the face. Practitioners of Asian rhinoplasty in Toronto need to be able to adapt their approach to these differences, as Asian patients commonly have different issues they wish to address for their nose surgery than those of other backgrounds. Here are the most common requests Asian patients have when pursuing rhinoplasty.
Raising The Bridge
A low and wide nasal bridge is one of the facial features common to Asian people. This means that aesthetic and functional concerns about the bridge usually occur when it’s too low and a more angular appearance is desired. The typical approach for this sort of procedure is to reposition and narrow the nasal bones in order to raise the bridge. However, another characteristic of Asian noses is that the nasal bones tend to be on the smaller side, making repositioning less effective. Instead, Facial surgeons often opt to use cartilage to build up the bridge when performing Asian rhinoplasty.
Cartilage for this procedure can be harvested from other areas of the body; typically the ears or ribs, or it can come in the form of a synthetic implant. Your surgeon will be able to review the differences between these approaches with you during the consultation.
Refining The Tip
Asian noses tend to have an upturned nasal tip due to a combination of thinner cartilage and thicker skin. This has the effect of making the tip of the nose look rounder due to a lack of definition and possibly bulbous in severe cases. Patients with the latter often consider rhinoplasty as a way to refine the tip and bring their nose into a more defined, narrow profile.
As with the nasal bridge, surgeons performing rhinoplasty on Asian individuals need to be able to accommodate for the ethnic differences—in this case, the thinner cartilage. Grafting is the technique of choice for refining the tip of an Asian nose since it allows for the rounding/bulbous effect to be reduced while promoting a more refined projection.
Asian nostrils tend to be on the larger side, which makes overly wide nostrils a more common predicament. A related concern is flare—the way that the nostrils widen when we breathe or smile. Excess flare can be an aesthetic concern in the same manner as wide nostrils. Unlike when refining the tip or raising the bridge, nostril reduction does not require cartilage grafting. This type of Asian rhinoplasty in Toronto reduces some of the skin to narrow the nostrils and promote a stronger facial balance.
The ultimate goal of Toronto rhinoplasty, Asian or otherwise, is to shape the nose to be more in harmony with the rest of the face. This can only be accomplished when the surgeon understands and respects the unique distinctiveness that comes with different ethnic heritages. Don’t be afraid to ask your surgeon about their experience with your ethnicity during the consultation as their ability to respond to the varied structural differences and nasal characteristics will have a key role in promoting a successful outcome.