Ethnic Rhinoplasty – OP. DR. CENK TEKER





    Ethnic Rhinoplasty


    Like skin colour, the anatomy of the face and the structure of the nose also shows some essential genetic characteristics. Ethnic rhinoplasty involves aesthetic approaches specific to this type of nose.


    Because ethnic rhinoplasty stands out as a speciality among aesthetic nose surgeries, it has become possible to reformat the ethnic noses of African, Latin American, and Asian people, which were once considered unlikely to be operated on to be compatible with their facial anatomy.


    Due to its characteristic structure, it is difficult to operate on such noses that are the subject of ethnic rhinoplasty surgery. It requires a wide range of case experience specific to this area. When it comes to ethnic rhinoplasty, it becomes essential to meet competent and talented surgeons.


    What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?


    Ethnic rhinoplasty is a branch of rhinoplasty. Ethnic rhinoplasty includes reconstructive aesthetic nose surgeries performed with cartilage tissue transplantation in ethnic noses with features such as a low nasal bridge, wide nasal cavity and nostrils and thick skin structure. We are more used to seeing it in Africa, America, the Far East, Asia, and Latin America.


    Although it is not included in one of the ethnic groups we have mentioned above, it is possible to meet many men and women belonging to various nationalities whose nasal structure has similarities. In such cases, the ethnic rhinoplasty protocol is followed again.  


    Cases of a droopy back of the nose that has undergone cartilage tissue loss due to previous incorrect nose surgery also fall into the field of ethnic rhinoplasty in the same way.


    Ethnic rhinoplasty, which works on the basic principle of raising the nasal bridge with cartilage transplantation, narrowing the nasal cavity and anatomically reshaping the tip of the nose, is a highly well-thought-out aesthetic nose surgery approach that allows us to achieve excellent results in nose types characterised by an almost boneless nose structure accompanied by large nostrils with thick skin.


    Who Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty Suitable For?


    Ethnic rhinoplasty is a practice that is especially suitable for people with a nose type-specific to African-American and Asian countries.


    In ethnic noses where the back of the nose is slack, the line that we expect the back of the nose to create in the profile image of the face does not form. The nose appears to be spread over a wide area when viewed from the front. The wings of the nose are broad and spread.


    This nose structure does not look aesthetically bad in some face shapes, but it may bother some people. Ethnic rhinoplasty may be preferred as a valid nose surgery technique for those who complain of one or more of the following:


         People with an ethnic nose structure with a droopy or utterly flat back of the nose

         Those who complain that their nostrils are spread and large

         Those who have difficulty breathing due to having an ethnic nose structure

         Those who are dissatisfied with the image caused by the ethnic features of the nose


    Anyone who wants to have an aesthetically perfect nose compatible with their facial features and the ethnic identity of their face can get the nose structure they want with ethnic rhinoplasty.


    How Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty Performed?


    Ethnic rhinoplasty is performed under general anaesthesia, removing the costal cartilage from the rib using the open rhinoplasty technique. To comply with the structure of the face, the nasal bone is made prominent, the profile and frontal image of the nasal ridge are arranged, the nasal passages are reduced, and the tip of the nose is reshaped to obtain the ideal equilateral triangle.


    Cartilage taken from the rib is used to raise the nasal bone and make a new nasal bone.


    In contrast to the flat and shallow bone structure of ethnic noses, our goal here is to make a nose as high as it should be and as aesthetically as possible compatible with the entire face.


    Depending on the skin structure, it is essential to use grafts that can carry the skin when a narrower nasal bone is built into the broad nasal curve.


    Since making a comfortable breathing nose is the second most important mission of every rhinoplasty operation, solving functional problems in ethnic rhinoplasty is also included in the content of the process.


    Since difficulty breathing is widespread in ethnic noses, the happiness experienced by patients who breathe comfortably through the nose for the first time after ethnic rhinoplasty is a moment worth seeing.


    Before Ethnic Rhinoplasty


    When planning an ethnic rhinoplasty operation, it is essential not to be influenced by the dominant aesthetic understanding in the whole world. Noses that look formally flawless, but have lost harmony with the characteristic structure of the face, can lead to disappointment after ethnic rhinoplasty.


    Therefore, before rhinoplasty, it is necessary to be clear that the patient’s expectation has been fully understood and whether it is appropriate for the patient or whether the doctor can respond to it.


    The meticulous conduct of a personalised aesthetic examination before the operation makes it easier to overcome such difficulties. As with other rhinoplasty processes, this process, in which the patient is informed in detail about how to make a nose and how to change the external appearance of the patient after surgery, is the most critical, vital point of ethnic rhinoplasty.


    Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgery


    After the surgical plan is created by the calculations made according to aesthetic proportions, a surgical procedure is performed on the patient who has undergone a general health check to complete the preparation for surgery.


    Ethnic rhinoplasty surgeries performed by a doctor specialising in their field and having enough experience in different ethnic groups are highly patient satisfaction practices.


    What should not be forgotten and should be taken into account here, especially in patients with ethnic facial features, is to aim to make the most suitable nose for a person by acting within the uniqueness of the face shape and expression.


    After Ethnic Rhinoplasty


    After a rhinoplasty operation, the patient is kept under supervision for one night and is discharged after a doctor’s examination, which takes place the next day. After two weeks, bandages are removed, and the patient faces a significant change.


    Because the new nose has received a significant emphasis compared to the previous one, ethnic rhinoplasty patients begin to adapt to the unique nose shape and facial expression after a short period of confusion. It takes time to perceive this noticeable change, to comprehend the new symmetries of the face aesthetically, but this is a gratifying adaptation process.


    As oedema descends, the facial expression takes its final shape. As the wounds heal, breathing through the nose becomes smooth. When the first three months are over, the most challenging part of the process is skipped. The patient gets a perfect nose both aesthetically and functionally.


    When Does Edema Subside After Ethnic Rhinoplasty?


    In the first 20 days/1 months after a rhinoplasty operation, most of the edema goes down. It removes edema after this proceeds more slowly and for a long time.


    Complete removal of edema after nose surgeries is a process that spreads for up to a year. The methods of removing edema after ethnic rhinoplasty and the rhinoplasty procedures proceed similarly.


    When Does the Nose Get Its Final Shape After Ethnic Rhinoplasty?


    After aesthetic nose surgeries, it is an average of 1-1.5 years for the nose to take its final shape.


    How Long Does Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgery Take?


    Because many procedures are performed, such as removing cartilage tissue, creating the anatomy of the nose, and cutting and reducing the wings of the nose, ethnic rhinoplasty takes a little longer than other nose surgeries. The average is between 3 and 3.5 hours.


    Advantages of Ethnic Rhinoplasty


    The main advantage of ethnic rhinoplasty is that it allows you to overcome the genetic fate from an aesthetic and functional point of view.


    Because until recently, only operations such as shrinking the existing bone and correcting the arched and large back of the nose were possible in nose surgeries. In ethnic noses with insufficient nasal bone and cartilage tissue, aesthetic and functional recovery could not be achieved. 


    Overcoming this handicap thanks to ethnic rhinoplasty surgery, which allows you to create nose anatomy from scratch with cartilage transplantation, has also made the advantages of rhinoplasty accessible to people with an ethnic nose structure.


    We can list some of the many advantages that ethnic rhinoplasty brings to the lives of our patients as follows:


         Refreshment of satisfaction and self-confidence created by aesthetic transformation

         Breathing more comfortably and improving the quality of life

         Elimination of sleep problems caused by difficult breathing

         Making the facial anatomy look more aesthetically harmonious

         To a greater extent, the elimination of health problems and other ailments caused by the inability to breathe freely through the nose


    What are the Risks of Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgery?


    Although there is no risk, ethnic rhinoplasty is a much more complicated operation performed with cartilage transplantation. The anatomy of the nose and the tip of the nose are reshaped more than in other nose surgeries.


    The only risk of such complex nasal operations is the possibility of their failure because, after them, a new and more complicated process is needed. Therefore, working with doctors who have a lot of case experience in ethnic rhinoplasty is the correct way to minimise this risk.


    Ethnic Rhinoplasty Prices


    Among rhinoplasty surgeries, the highest-priced operations are ethnic nose surgeries. In addition to being a branch of rhinoplasty where professional experience becomes extra essential, ethnic rhinoplasty surgery is a longer-lasting, more complex operation and technically performs a different procedure than other nose surgeries.


    All these details are reflected in the cost of ethnic rhinoplasty prices. Prices for ethnic rhinoplasty in Istanbul are incredibly affordable compared to European countries.


    Suppose the first reason ethnic rhinoplasty surgery is especially preferred in Turkey is Turkey’s success in ethnic rhinoplasty. In that case, the second most important reason is undoubted that the prices are affordable.  

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