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Asian Rhinoplasty

Before and after photos of patient of Dr. Shah's

Before and after photos of patient of Dr. Shah's


Asian Rhinoplasty represents the art of reshaping a nose of Asian ethnicity while maintaining the ethnic identity. I have found that although the use of nasal implants with artificial material is quite common, it leads to an artificial harsh appearance to the nose. In addition, some patients complain about artificial implants causing pain, mobility, and they can actually extrude from the nose.

My philosophy of Asian noses is to preserve many of the ethnic features of the nose and make a nose which has softer highlights and looks natural. I do not use artificial implants because I believe that they do not create a good looking nose, can lead to infection and rejection by the body. I only use natural materials from a person's own body such as nose cartilage, ear cartilage or costal cartilage and create a nose which is softer looking in appearance, durable and natural.

The difficult nature in that what I do takes longer than placing an implant. Each portion of cartilage is precisely carved and placed so that the nose will be as supported and look as good as possible. It is much more technically difficult than the use of a nasal artificial implant. I have two scientific papers highlighting the areas where surgeons can carve grafts more effectively.

Alar Base Reduction: The alar base plays an important role in the overall appearance and proportion of the nose. An overly wide or flared alar base will lead to a bottom heavy nose and disrupt the delicate balance of an otherwise properly executed rhinoplasty.Preoperative counseling should examine how to harmoniously balance the patient's aesthetic needs as related to ethnicity, facial characteristics, and patient treatment goals. Since the alar base varies considerably from person to person, a dogmatic approach and application of the classic canons of alar base aesthetic ideals will result in dissatisfied rhinoplasty patients. Read more.

Asian RhinoplastyPHOTOS: See before and after photographs of rhinoplasty procedures by Dr. Shah. See more.

eTHNIC pLASTIC sURGERY: Patients' from different ethnic backgrounds will have different aesthetic needs and goals. See more procedures tailored specifically for Asian patients. Read more.

Types of Rhinoplasty
Types of Rhinoplasty: Within African American rhinoplasty, not every nose is the same. Learn more about different types of rhinoplasty, and Dr. Shah's innovative approach. Learn more.


rhinoplasty glossary
LEARN TO SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF RHINOPLASTY: Understanding your nose can seem daunting. Use this guide to help to know your alar base from your bridge or your glabella from your columella. Learn more.

Guide to Grafts

GUIDE TO GRAFTS: What are grafts? Do I need them in my nose? Dr. Shah has authored an informative guide to help patients better understand what a graft is. See more.

INNOVATIONS: Dr. Shah has had or contributed to a number of innovations and discoveries in facial plastic surgery. Learn more. Innovations

facial plastic surgery timeline

Many patients ask at what age can a patient have a rhinoplasty (or other procedure)? This timeline is intended to serve as general information on the ages at which patients may seek a procedure such as a rhinoplasty. See more.


PLASTICPEDIA: Found in Plasticpedia are links to further rhinoplasty glossaries, nasal anatomy and facial anatomy information, information on the types of rhinoplasty and aging face procedures, a guide to grafts in rhinoplasty, a facial analysis tutorial, and a collection of scientific articles published by Dr. Anil Shah. Read more.

Latest News PRACTICAL BEAUTY BLOG: Dr. Shah's blog covering all things beauty, facial plastic surgery, and looking and feeling your best. Read more.

virtual consultations

VIRTUAL CONSULTATIONS: Dr. Shah sees patients from all over the world. If you are a patient traveling from outside the greater Chicago or Chicagoland area, you may request a preliminary consultation via phone or video chat. This offers patients the unique opportunity to get feedback and speak with Dr. Shah directly before traveling to Chicago. Start now.

pre and post operative instructions rhinoplasty
PRE AND POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS: Dr. Shah's office will help you through you pre and post operative preperation and recovery. On this page, you will find an over view of instructions, as well as medications to avoid before and after a procedure and more. Read more.


ARTICLES: Dr. Shah has authored over 50 scientific. All of the articles on this website have been authored or coauthored by Dr. Shah. His unique viewpoint about facial plastic surgery are highlighted, with several of the articles published exclusively for Plasticpedia. Browse now.