Of course each Asian nose is different, but the primary objective with Asian rhinoplasty is for your nose to properly fit your face and have a natural appearance.
Most Caucasian (or “Western”) rhinoplasties are done to reduce the size of the nose, while most Asian rhinoplasty surgeries are performed to give the patient more nose. Asian patients often seek rhinoplasty to:
- build up the bridge of the nose to give it more definition or make it bigger
- increase the projection of the tip of the nose (how far it sticks out from the face)
- narrow their wide or flared nostrils
Specialized Asian Rhinoplasty Procedures
A common feature of the Asian rhinoplasty procedure is to use some kind of implant to build up the bridge or tip of the nose and add more volume.
Your rhinoplasty surgeon may prefer to use your own cartilage to augment your nose. It can be harvested from your septum (the wall inside your nose) or even from one or both of your ears, without damaging the look of your ear. Many plastic surgeons favor this method because it is less prone to infection, rejection, and shifting or movement than using synthetic material. The disadvantages of performing an operation with your own cartilage are that the procedure takes longer, and is more technically difficult to perform.
Some rhinoplasty surgeons use silicone prostheses. However, introducing these foreign substances to the body can sometimes result in infection, and the prosthesis is susceptible to movement, particularly over the long-term. There are also other sources for material to build up the nose, including bone, cartilage from your rib, donor cartilage, and synthetic substances. Ask your rhinoplasty surgeon to explain his preferences and the reason he/she would use them your particular case.
For Asian rhinoplasty patients who want the width of the base of the nose reduced, the surgeon can do a nostril-narrowing procedure which may include tissue removal to thin out the thick Asian skin. This procedure requires sutures, so you can anticipate having a tiny scar.
Cost of Asian Rhinoplasty
The average Asian rhinoplasty surgical cost is between $5,000 and $8,000, excluding the cost of the facility, anesthesia, and drugs or supplies. Refer to RhinoplastyGuide.com’s page on rhinoplasty costs for more detailed information.
What to Ask Your Asian Rhinoplasty Surgeon
During your consultation, ask your rhinoplasty surgeon how many Asian rhinoplasties he/she has done. Also ask for before and after photos of the doctor’s Asian patients so you can see the results for yourself.
Especially for Asian noses, ask your Asian rhinoplasty surgeon about performing photo-imaging so you can see a profile of what your nose will look like after surgery. This is a good way to make sure the results are consistent with your desires.
Ask about non-surgical options for Asian rhinoplasty, particularly if your only concern is to raise the bridge of your nose. This can be done by injecting synthetic materials (e.g., Restylane®, Radiesse®, Juvederm®, etc.) in the nose to change the shape of the bridge. Some Asian patients are very satisfied with this option because there is no downtime, and the cost is considerably lower than that of rhinoplasty surgery.
There are pros and cons to each alternative for Asian rhinoplasty and your surgeon should be prepared to thoroughly discuss them with you during your consultation.