Rhinoplasty for ethnic nose has one primary goal: improve the nose in a way that it will remain consistent with the patient’s ethnicity and facial features. Meanwhile, any attempt to reshape it using a set of highly restrictive beauty ideals will lead to unnatural results.
Dr. Tarick Smiley, who is the medical director of the California Surgical Institute, says the success of rhinoplasty, or nose job in layman’s term, boils down to acknowledging the great variations of beauty as well as respecting the patient’s underlying anatomies, ethnicity, gender, and aesthetic goals.
The vast majority of successful rhinoplasty for ethnic noses performed on women delivers “finesse” results. On the other hand, over-narrowing of the tip, over-augmentation of the bridge or dorsum, and over-tapering of the nostrils almost always lead to ethnically inconsistent results.
“Finesse” rhinoplasty generally means creating a result that is a more refined version of the original nose.
Respecting the patient’s ethnicity and underlying anatomies also entails the use of conservative surgical maneuvers, meaning the surgeon avoids over-resection of the tissue. In a way, this preserves the structural integrity of the nose and thus it is less susceptible to aging, deformity, and contour irregularity.
One good example are patients of Middle Eastern and Indian descent who typically require dorsal hump reduction, a rhinoplastic technique in which the excessive fullness along the bridge is corrected by removing a piece of bone and cartilage, which is often re-used to improve the structural integrity of the tip.
In many cases, ethnic rhinoplasty deals with a tip that has weak support, causing it to droop and the nose to appear oddly elongated.
Reinforcing the tip has some auspicious effects on the femininity of the face. According to studies, the ideal female nose has an angle of tip rotation between 95 and 110 degrees, resulting in a slightly upturned appearance.
Again, raising the tip should be done in a conservative, finesse manner lest an error of just a few millimeters can lead to unusually short nose and excessive visibility of the nostrils, a deformity colloquially called as “Miss Piggy” in reference to the popular Muppet character.
The slightly upturned tip might be further enhanced with the small suptratip break, a slight indentation along the bridge just above the nasal tip. However, this “subtle” feature is avoided like a plague in male rhinoplasty due to its feminizing effects.
And lastly, female rhinoplasty for ethnic nose should take into account the patient’s aesthetic goals—which are largely influenced by social and cultural ideals of beauty—down to the last detail.