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Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Many people strive to preserve their ethnic identity when they undergo plastic surgery procedures, specifically rhinoplasty. Yet most plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty surgeries with a narrow emphasis on an “American” nose type. These surgeons fail to account for the fact that noses differ based on ethnicity and have unique characteristics that patients want to maintain after surgery.

Much in the same way that no two individuals are exactly alike, people of different ethnicities have unique facial characteristics that define their appearance. But primary rhinoplasty surgery often does not account for these characteristics, and as such, fails to help non-Caucasian patients get the best-possible nose job results.

Thanks to ethnic rhinoplasty surgery, individuals of all ethnicities can benefit from customized nose job treatments. An ethnic rhinoplasty accounts for the distinct facial characteristics of non-Caucasian patients. Most importantly, the nose job procedure helps patients enhance their facial appearance without forcing them to sacrifice the unique facial features commonly associated with their ethnic backgrounds.

Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He has unparalleled experience in aesthetic and reconstructive ethnic rhinoplasty surgery and, as a result, his reputation as the go-to rhinoplasty surgeon attracts patients from around the world to theCENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery. In addition, Dr. Azizzadeh was one of a select few facial plastic surgeons featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” for his groundbreaking advancements in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Before & Afters

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What Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty, or ethnic nose job, is a subset of rhinoplasty. It refers to any nose surgery performed on ethnic or non-Caucasian patients.

A primary rhinoplasty is performed with a simple goal: to help a patient reshape the nose or repair structural defects of the nose. Like a primary nose job, an ethnic rhinoplasty is used to ensure the nose is proportional to the rest of the face or correct structural problems associated with the nose. A facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon always considers a patient’s ethnic background prior to performing an ethnic nose surgery. The surgeon then tailors the procedure to the patient’s distinct facial features to ensure optimal treatment results.

Dr. Azizzadeh believes the term “ethnic rhinoplasty” is outdated. Although there are notable differences among the nasal appearance in various ethnic groups, each person has distinct nasal proportions. Dr. Azizzadeh understands the complexities of both primary and ethnic rhinoplasty procedures. He dedicates time and resources to learn about patients and develops personalized nose surgery treatments to help patients of all ethnic backgrounds accomplish their desired nose surgery goals.

With ethnic rhinoplasty, Dr. Azizzadeh tailors his approach based on each patient’s ethnic background. His goal is to help a patient achieve facial harmony while embracing a patient’s natural ethnic traits.

Dr. Azizzadeh possesses extensive knowledge of each ethnic group’s nasal features, which has helped him become one of the most sought-after ethnic rhinoplasty surgeons in the United States. He specializes in many ethnic rhinoplasty procedures, including:

Regardless of a patient’s ethnicity, the goal of rhinoplasty is to produce a natural looking nose that fits harmoniously with the face, eyes, cheeks and chin. Dr. Azizzadeh helps patients of all ethnicities achieve this goal, ensuring a natural outcome is delivered that brings balance to the face.

What Are the Benefits of Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

The benefits of ethnic rhinoplasty treatments include:

  • Enhanced Ethnic Facial Traits: Ethnic rhinoplasty brings harmony to a patient’s ethnic facial traits and helps a patient celebrate his or her family culture and history like never before.
  • Rejuvenated Facial Appearance: With ethnic rhinoplasty surgery, patients can simultaneously reshape the nose and bolster the facial appearance.
  • Improved Facial Symmetry: Ethnic rhinoplasty improves facial symmetry and enables patients to enjoy a nose that complements the eyes, chin, cheeks, and other facial features.
  • Correction of Structural Defects: An ethnic rhinoplasty frequently is used to address breathing problems, a deviated septum, and other structural defects of the nose.

During an initial consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh provides patients with full details about ethnic rhinoplasty surgery. He takes a holistic approach to ethnic rhinoplasty surgery and helps patients understand what to expect during the procedure.

Am I a Candidate for Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

No two patients are exactly the same, and Dr. Azizzadeh will listen to each patient’s requests to learn about his or her ethnic rhinoplasty goals. He boasts a complete understanding of the underlying structures in the head, along with the nasal anatomy of many different cultures. Thus, Dr. Azizzadeh understands what it takes to help a patient maintain the integrity of the nasal function and provide the best possible aesthetic outcome after an ethnic rhinoplasty procedure.

In deciding whether to have cosmetic surgery, patients should examine many factors that extend beyond the surgery itself.

If you feel like your nose has characteristics that detract from other facial features, you may be a good candidate for ethnic rhinoplasty. Some of the most common nasal features that rhinoplasty patients want corrected with surgery include:

  • A bridge that is too high or low
  • A nose that is too wide or too narrow
  • Alar pinching
  • Asymmetrical nose
  • Bulbous nose tip
  • Crooked nose
  • Disproportionate nostrils
  • Dorsal hump
  • Droopy nose
  • Flaring nostrils
  • Hanging columella
  • Short, upturned tip
  • Upturned nose

Dr. Azizzadeh has received global recognition for his ethnic rhinoplasty work. In addition to creating beautiful noses, he is also able to perform reconstructive rhinoplasty to restore the nasal function and breathing.

What to Expect During an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Consultation

At the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery, we strive to make every consultation a unique and educational experience.

During an ethnic rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Azizzadeh will find out about a patient’s rhinoplasty concerns and questions. He will learn about the areas of the nose that a patient would like to improve, how long a patient has been concerned about his or her nose and the patient’s rhinoplasty goals. Then, Dr. Azizzadeh will evaluate the patient’s nose to determine if he or she is a good candidate for rhinoplasty.

Furthermore, Dr. Azizzadeh will examine the entire face as part of the consultation process. By doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh can evaluate a patient’s chin, lips and other facial features and understand how they will be affected by a rhinoplasty procedure.

Dr. Azizzadeh recognizes the importance of facial harmony and balance and will do whatever he can to ensure a patient is comfortable with ethnic rhinoplasty. He is happy to respond to patient queries after a consultation as well.

For patients who live outside of California or outside of the United States, Dr. Azizzadeh offers Skype consultations so that you can meet him from the comfort of your own home and not have to travel twice to Beverly Hills. If you are interested in learning more about a Skype consultation with Dr. Azizzadeh, please call our office at 310-657-2203.

How Does Dr. Azizzadeh Approach Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Dr. Azizzadeh believes in a customized approach to ethnic rhinoplasty. He is committed to providing patients with a structure-based rhinoplasty that is congruent with an individual’s nasal framework and will work to maintain and improve the underlying structures of the nose to deliver beautiful end results.

Moreover, Dr. Azizzadeh will understand a patient’s personal needs and approach each ethnic rhinoplasty surgery accordingly. He may use an open or closed surgical approach based on the complexity of the procedure and the area that needs to be addressed during the surgery.

What Should a Patient Expect After an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Dr. Azizzadeh recommends that a patient be evaluated several times in the first 10 days after an ethnic rhinoplasty surgery. The patient will be assessed every three months for one year and annually after the procedure, and a follow-up can be performed via Skype if a patient resides outside of Southern California.

Before & Afters

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It is important to note that ethnic rhinoplasty requires a long-term commitment, and Dr. Azizzadeh will continue to work with a patient to ensure he or she enjoys long-term results.

Why Should You Choose Dr. Azizzadeh for Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty represents a life-changing procedure and may help a patient improve his or her facial appearance, self-confidence and more. As such, it is paramount to employ a highly qualified facial plastic surgeon to perform this procedure to guarantee the best results.

Dr. Azizzadeh is a leading facial plastic surgeon who devotes the necessary time and resources to aid patients. He has earned his reputation as a globally recognized plastic surgeon and continues to support patients in any way he can.

Dr. Azizzadeh has produced numerous textbooks that have become a standard in the medical community and are used by many board-certified plastic surgeons as well as training programs for up-and-coming plastic surgeons. He is the co-director of the annual Cedars-Sinai Advances in Multispecialty Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery Symposium and co-director of the USC Facial Plastic Surgery Fellowship Program.

FAQs About Ethnic Rhinoplasty

What makes an ethnic rhinoplasty different?

During a traditional rhinoplasty, a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon often fails to account for a non-Caucasian patient’s distinct facial features. Instead, the surgeon may focus on reshaping or resizing a patient’s nose without determining how to help this individual keep his or her unique facial features intact following treatment.

Comparatively, during an ethnic nose job, Dr. Azizzadeh strives to help a non-Caucasian patient achieve a nose that complements his or her unique ethnic facial features. To accomplish this goal, Dr. Azizzadeh studies a patient’s facial features closely. He then crafts a custom ethnic nose surgery treatment plan to help a patient achieve a nose that matches his or her facial features, leading to an improved facial appearance.

What is the goal of an ethnic rhinoplasty?

The goal of an ethnic rhinoplasty is to help a non-Caucasian patient simultaneously achieve facial harmony without putting his or her distinct ethnic facial features in danger. Following a successful rhinoplasty, a patient can enjoy a nose that corresponds to his or her eyes, cheeks and other facial features. Plus, a rhinoplasty patient can reap the benefits of a balanced, natural-looking facial appearance.

Of course, ethnic rhinoplasty patients likely have their own treatment goals as well. Dr. Azizzadeh learns about an ethnic nose surgery patient’s treatment goals and works diligently to help this individual accomplish his or her goals.

Will my ethnic rhinoplasty look natural?

Dr. Azizzadeh wants to help a non-Caucasian patient achieve a nose that looks natural. As such, he devotes extensive time and resources to craft a comprehensive ethnic rhinoplasty treatment plan for each patient.

Dr. Azizzadeh takes a holistic approach to ethnic nose surgery. Prior to an ethnic rhinoplasty procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh meets with a patient and performs a full evaluation. He also uses the Vector System to produce high-resolution, multi-angled 3D photos of a patient’s nose and face. Then, Dr. Azizzadeh can determine the best way to create a nose that fits a patient’s face perfectly.

Can any facial plastic surgeon perform an ethnic rhinoplasty procedure?

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a specialized procedure, and as such, must be performed by an expert facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon. Dr. Azizzadeh allocates a lot of time to study an ethnic rhinoplasty patient’s facial features and learn about his or her treatment goals. He then develops a personalized treatment plan to ensure this individual can improve his or her facial appearance. At the same time, Dr. Azizzadeh ensures an ethnic rhinoplasty patient won’t have to sacrifice his or her unique ethnic facial features.

Do I need to receive a consultation before an ethnic rhinoplasty?

An ethnic rhinoplasty consultation is required before treatment. The consultation often proves to be beneficial for both Dr. Azizzadeh and a rhinoplasty candidate. It allows Dr. Azizzadeh to learn about an individual and find out why he or she is considering a rhinoplasty procedure. Meanwhile, an individual can learn about rhinoplasty, find out how the procedure is performed and address any treatment concerns or questions. Dr. Azizzadeh may also use the Vectra imaging tool to show an individual how he or she may look following an ethnic rhinoplasty procedure.

Ethnic rhinoplasty consultations allow Dr. Azizzadeh to craft a personalized treatment plan for a patient, too. If a patient qualifies for a rhinoplasty, Dr. Azizzadeh will develop a custom treatment plan to help him or her achieve the optimal results. Or, a patient may benefit from rhinoplasty and other facial plastic surgery procedures. And in this instance, Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend multiple surgeries to help a patient enhance his or her facial appearance.

How does Dr. Azizzadeh evaluate an ethnic rhinoplasty patient?

Dr. Azizzadeh strives to provide an rhinoplasty patient with a nose that complements his or her facial features and ethnic background. Therefore, he examines a patient’s bone structure, chin and lips.

What are the risks associated with ethnic rhinoplasty surgery?

Ethnic rhinoplasty procedure risks include:

  • Recurring nosebleeds
  • Pain and swelling
  • Numbness in the nose
  • Scarring

Dr. Azizzadeh explains the risks associated with ethnic rhinoplasty before surgery. He teaches patients about all aspects of rhinoplasty surgery, and by doing so, helps them make informed treatment decisions.

How can I prepare for ethnic rhinoplasty surgery?

Dr. Azizzadeh wants to minimize patient risk. To do so, Dr. Azizzadeh offers detailed instructions to help a patient prepare for ethnic rhinoplasty surgery. He sometimes asks patients to stop taking certain medications in the weeks leading up to an ethnic rhinoplasty. Dr. Azizzadeh may also ask a patient to stop smoking or undergo a lab test prior to treatment.

How long does it take to recover from an ethnic rhinoplasty procedure?

Initially, an ethnic rhinoplasty patient may need about one to two weeks to recover from surgery. He or she may have a nose cast in place and experience some bruising and swelling at this time.

Dr. Azizzadeh requests regular follow-up appointments to monitor an ethnic nose surgery patient’s recovery. Patients usually need to meet with Dr. Azizzadeh several times in the first 10 days after a rhinoplasty. Then, patients will be evaluated every three months and annually.

Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh is happy to respond to a patient’s concerns and questions at any point during the recovery process. Dr. Azizzadeh wants to make the recovery cycle as seamless as possible. If a patient is worried about his or her progress after the procedure, Dr. Azizzadeh is available to provide patient support.

How soon can I return to work after an ethnic rhinoplasty?

An ethnic nose surgery patient usually can return to work and resume other everyday activities approximately seven days after treatment. However, Dr. Azizzadeh generally recommends a patient limit his or her physical activity for up to six weeks following an ethnic rhinoplasty.

Dr. Azizzadeh wants to make a rhinoplasty a stress-free experience for patients. He teaches patients about ethnic nose surgery and helps them prepare for the recovery period. Additionally, Dr. Azizzadeh continues to meet with a patient following a rhinoplasty to ensure this individual can achieve his or her desired results.  

Can I travel after an ethnic rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty patients typically should avoid travel for about five to seven days after surgery. Furthermore, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends rhinoplasty patients refrain from strenuous activity for four to six weeks after an ethnic nose job. He also requests a rhinoplasty patient receive medical clearance before he or she resumes a regular workout or exercise routine.

Dr. Azizzadeh provides detailed instructions to help patients prepare for the rhinoplasty recovery period. He is happy to respond to a rhinoplasty patient’s concerns or questions throughout the recovery period, too. By doing so, Dr. Azizzadeh can help an ethnic nose surgery patient enjoy a seamless recovery.

Can an ethnic rhinoplasty be performed in combination with other facial rejuvenation treatments?

Dr. Azizzadeh’s goal is to help an ethnic rhinoplasty patient achieve a harmonious facial appearance in which the nose complements the cheeks, chin and other facial features. Yet in some instances, ethnic rhinoplasty surgery alone is insufficient. And in these cases, Dr. Azizzadeh may recommend one or more of the following facial rejuvenation procedures be performed in combination with ethnic rhinoplasty surgery:

  • Facelift: Treats wrinkles, frown lines and other visible signs of aging in the face.
  • Eyelid Lift: Removes bags from under the eyelids and/or excess skin on the upper eyelids.
  • Brow Lift: Corrects sagging skin on the forehead.
  • Neck Skin: Addresses loose skin on the neck and excess fat in the lower face.

Dr. Azizzadeh tailors an ethnic rhinoplasty treatment plan to his patient. If Dr. Azizzadeh believes an ethnic rhinoplasty patient can benefit from multiple facial rejuvenation procedures, he may recommend performing several procedures at the same time.

How much does an ethnic rhinoplasty cost?

The cost of ethnic rhinoplasty surgery is discussed during an initial consultation. At this time, Dr. Azizzadeh evaluates a patient and determines if ethnic rhinoplasty and other facial rejuvenation procedures can help him or her achieve the desired results. Then, Dr. Azizzadeh outlines all treatment costs, as well as responds to any concerns or questions.




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Today, there is a resurgence in celebrating ethnic identity, which has brought about ethnic rhinoplasty (also known as an ethnic nose job). There is no perfect nose, and your nose, like your ethnicity, is unique, as people of varying ethnicities have particular facial characteristics that define their appearance. The best ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon will stray away from the “American” nose type, popularized over the last 30 or so years. The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is to provide a balanced, natural-looking nose with improved appearance and/or function that is the best possible representation of your particular ethnic group, whether you are African American, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Hispanic.

Considerations When Contemplating an Ethnic Nose Job

You have made the difficult decision to pursue an ethnic nose job, also known as ethnic rhinoplasty, which is a subset of the most commonly requested type of cosmetic surgery—rhinoplasty. You have chosen to obtain ethnic plastic surgery, because you do not want a “Caucasian” nose. You want an ethnic nose job that preserves your unique ethnic characteristics, while improving your facial features and/or the structural aspects of your nose such as the tip or the bridge. You should do your research and find the best ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon available to guide you on your ethnic rhinoplasty before and after odyssey, which will be complete in 1 to 2 years.

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Rhinoplasty is one of the most sought after cosmetic facial procedures on the planet. Today, ethnic rhinoplasty, also known as an ethnic nose job, is enjoying a rise in popularity among members of non-Caucasian populations. Most equate ethnic nose rhinoplasty with vanity, as it can restore facial symmetry and lead to increased attractiveness. An ethnic nose job can also improve nose function by unblocking nasal passages and increasing airflow, thereby, improving breathing. After all, the “European” nose is no longer the standard for beauty. The best ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon will improve the appearance and function of your nose. In addition, your unique ethnic characteristics will be enhanced, not erased.

Answering Your Questions Regarding an Ethnic Nose Job

Are you contemplating an ethnic nose job, also known as ethnic rhinoplasty? Ethnic nose rhinoplasty is gaining a great deal of popularity worldwide, and it is a subset of primary rhinoplasty. The size and shape of your nose are genetically determined, and each ethnic group has a unique set of identifying nasal characteristics. What makes you an ideal candidate for ethnic rhinoplasty? What should you expect during recovery from an ethnic nose job? The best ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon should be able to answer these questions and more.

Factors to Consider Before You Choose an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgeon

No two people have exactly the same nose. Comparatively, not all rhinoplasty surgeons customize an ethnic nose job surgery based on a patient and his or her treatment goals. To find the right rhinoplasty surgeon, it is important to evaluate a surgeon’s board certification, communication skills and office environment, among other factors. Also, it often helps to meet with a rhinoplasty surgeon to learn about his or her approach to ethnic nose surgery. Once an individual meets with a rhinoplasty surgeon, he or she can make an informed ethnic rhinoplasty treatment decision.

Key Questions to Ask Before an Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ideally, an ethnic rhinoplasty helps an individual achieve a nose that complements his or her distinct ethnic facial features. Yet choosing the right ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon is sometimes challenging. When it comes to ethnic rhinoplasty, it is crucial to select a surgeon who possesses comprehensive industry experience. An individual should also ask an ethnic rhinoplasty surgeon about his or her approach to the procedure. With this information, an individual can determine if a nose job surgeon is the right choice to perform his or her ethnic rhinoplasty.

Alleviate the Stress Associated with Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgery

For those who are getting ready to undergo an ethnic rhinoplasty, the stress leading up to surgery may seem insurmountable. Thankfully, there are lots of things a person can do to alleviate stress before an ethnic rhinoplasty procedure. It often helps to practice meditation and other stress reduction techniques, as well as build a support network of family members and friends who can provide assistance throughout an ethnic rhinoplasty treatment. Also, it is generally a good idea to plan ahead for ethnic rhinoplasty postoperative care. And remember, an individual can take solace in the fact that an ethnic rhinoplasty ultimately will help him or her achieve a beautiful, natural-looking nose.

Can an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Be Performed with Other Facial Plastic Surgeries? 

The goal of an ethnic rhinoplasty is to help an individual achieve an aesthetically pleasing and functional nose that matches his or her facial features. In some instances, Dr. Azizzadeh recommends an ethnic rhinoplasty be performed in combination with other facial plastic surgeries to ensure a patient can accomplish his or her desired results. To determine which facial plastic surgeries to perform, Dr. Azizzadeh first meets with a patient and conducts a full evaluation. If a patient qualifies for ethnic rhinoplasty and other facial plastic surgeries, Dr. Azizzadeh then crafts a personalized treatment plan.

How Does Dr. Azizzadeh Approach Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Dr. Azizzadeh of the CENTER for Advanced Facial Plastic Surgery takes a holistic approach to ethnic rhinoplasty surgery. With this approach, Dr. Azizzadeh learns about an ethnic rhinoplasty patient and develops a custom treatment plan. Dr. Azizzadeh initially meets with an ethnic rhinoplasty patient, finds out why this individual is considering nose surgery and evaluates his or her nose and other facial features. Next, Dr. Azizzadeh creates a personalized ethnic rhinoplasty treatment plan. Dr. Azizzadeh then discusses this plan with his patient and responds to any ethnic rhinoplasty surgery concerns and questions.


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