Considering Ethnic Rhinoplasty? Choose Your Surgeon Wisely

Even if a friend or family member recommends someone they consider the best rhinoplasty surgeon in Florida, make sure to do your homework if you’re considering ethnic rhinoplasty. That’s because even a seasoned rhinoplasty specialist may not be the right choice without experience performing the procedure on people from different backgrounds and ethnicities.

The goal of rhinoplasty, in general, is to reshape or resize the nose. That’s true of ethnic rhinoplasty, too, but there is an additional layer of complexity involved in understanding the subtle differences and preserving the distinctive ethnic features of Asian, African American, and Hispanic patients’ noses.

You can see how the results of the 2 patients below are subtle, natural, and still complimentary to their faces.

african american rhinoplasty patient before and after front view

African american rhinoplasty patient before and after photos profile view

So, what else should you look for when searching for a plastic surgeon who’s well suited for ethnic rhinoplasty?

  • First, make sure you find a board-certified plastic surgeon (not physicians who call themselves “cosmetic” surgeons). To be certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery requires rigorous, extensive training and experience. I am also certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology. You can visit the certifying body’s website to quickly check whether a facial plastic surgeon is board-certified.
  • Second, choose a specialist. This goes hand in hand with checking that a surgeon is certified by the facial plastic surgery board. Beyond this certification, though, find a surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty. Ask how many procedures the surgeon performs each month and how many years of specialization you’ll be benefiting from.
  • Third, make sure a surgeon can demonstrate consistent past results with before-and-after photos of actual patients. Seeing these photos can provide the confidence that you and the surgeon are on the same page when discussing your cosmetic goals. Of course, you’ll want to see photos of patients who are the same ethnicity as you.
  • Finally, and this is probably the most personal factor, choose a surgeon who you believe has the compassion and empathy to understand why you want to change the appearance of your nose. There’s no way around it: Facial plastic surgery can be a very emotional experience, because you’re changing who you see in the mirror. You deserve to work with a surgeon who can not just transform you, but support you as well.

Overall, a surgeon who understands ethnic facial variations and has good aesthetic sense will be consistently successful with ethnic rhinoplasty. Choosing the best possible surgeon is the most important thing you can do to ensure a great result.

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