African American Rhinoplasty (Nose Job Surgery)
African American Rhinoplasty Beverly Hills | Los Angeles
Despite the fact that there are billions of people on our planet, all of whom have eyes, nose, cheeks, mouth, and ears, no two people look exactly alike (excluding identical twins, of course). Each person’s unique beauty comes from how our facial features blend together. However, individuals from similar ethnic backgrounds tend to share some of the same genetic characteristics. For instance, African Americans tend to have noses that are flat, broad, and short, with a low, wide, and flat nasal bridge and a broad, thick-skinned nasal tip. Rhinoplasty for African American individuals requires a surgeon with the technical skill and artistry needed to make subtle changes that improve the overall balance of the face without minimizing the unique genetic background of each individual.
A rhinoplasty that subtly restores a balanced profile and enhances an individual’s natural beauty can be difficult to achieve with success. Dr. Gary Motykie of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles is a world-renown Board Certified plastic surgeon with extensive experience performing rhinoplasty on patients of every race and ethnic background. He does not want to give everyone the same nose, but instead, engages with every individual patient to develop a customized surgical plan that will seamlessly blend the reshaped nose with the rest of the face and create a well-balanced, naturally-beautiful appearance.
Unique Features of an African American Rhinoplasty
For many African Americans seeking to improve their profile, the goal is to subtly reduce the size of the nose by making it thinner and reducing or eliminating any existing hump on the bridge of the nose. In some cases, however, the goal will be to lift and define a nasal bridge and/or tip that is too low, depressed, or poorly defined. In order to determine whether reduction or augmentation is appropriate, it is critical to develop the surgical plan in the context of the entire face, to ensure that the changes work with the patient’s other facial features.
If nasal augmentation is the preferred option, an implant may be required to build up either the depressed bridge or the nasal tip. The implant may be derived from a synthetic such as silicone or polyethylene or from a cartilage graft from the patient’s own body. In some cases, cartilage taken from the septum of the nose may be sufficient, but for individuals who would like a larger augmentation, cartilage taken from the ear may be more appropriate. Ear cartilage is generally soft and pliable, making it an excellent choice for nasal tip reconstruction in African American patients. The infection and re-absorption rates for cartilage grafts are very low, making them an excellent choice for an implant.
In some cases, a rhinoplasty may be required to restore the functional and structural integrity of the nasal passages to correct breathing problems or repair an injury. The goal of a successful rhinoplasty for these patients is to ensure that the bridge, tip, and columella can be rebuilt while still maintaining the proper balance between the bridge and the nostrils, as well as the external aesthetics of the nostrils themselves. If the malformation or trauma is severe, the restoration process may involve synthetic devices such as metallic mesh, K-wires, or screws, assuming sufficient bone mass is present to support such devices.
Contact Dr. Gary Motykie
Dr. Gary Motykie of Beverly Hills and Los Angeles is a world-renown Board Certified plastic surgeon with the technical skill and artistic talent to ensure that patients of every background leave his office completely satisfied with the results of his or her rhinoplasty. He prides himself on maintaining constant communication with every patient and treating each one as a unique individual with unique aesthetic ideals. He will take the time to understand your goals and your concerns, and will work in cooperation with you to design an individualized surgical plan to enhance your natural beauty and give you a balanced, beautiful profile. If you are African American and are interested in improving the balance of your profile, contact Dr. Motykie for additional information. We look forward to speaking with you and scheduling your consultation today!