Frequently Asked Questions:
Does ethnic rhinoplasty cost more than regular rhinoplasty?
Every rhinoplasty procedure’s cost is dependent on multiple factors including difficulty of case, time involved, etc.
Can you have an ethnic rhinoplasty and septoplasty at the same time?
Many patients will have a simultaneous ethnic rhinoplasty and septoplasty to improve both appearance and breathing.
Are all ethnicities unique?
Yes, and so are all faces. It is important to have the nose fit the face which includes ethnicity as well as personality of the patient.
Are there some similarities between some ethnicities?
Yes, for example some Hispanic noses may have either Caucasian features or African American features present or even both. Many Middle Eastern noses will have loss of support of the tip which is found in many ethnicities. Since there is some crossover of anatomical issues, some techniques for ethnicity can be used for those of another issue.
Does the cartilage and skin appear different from person to person?
Every person, and ethnicity, will have characteristic differences. For example, Caucasian patients typically will have firm tip cartilages while other ethnicities will often have softer nasal tip cartilage present. The interaction between skin thickness and cartilage strength will determine which technique is best for each patient.
If I am of mixed heritage, can you tell which ethnicity is predominant?
Dr. Shah understands this issue since he is also of mixed ethnicity as is his wife (and kids too) It is important to first determine what ethnicity the patient most relates to. Often times, the nose will have components of each ethnicity. The nose can be tailored to patient’s aesthetic desires.
Do I need rib cartilage or ear cartilage for ethnic rhinoplasty?
You might need cartilage, but most often cartilage from inside the nose (termed the septum) is used. If your procedure requires more cartilage, the ear or rib can be considered.
Has the Media recognized Dr. Shah for his work on Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
In Chicago, Dr. Anil Shah has been featured as one of the foremost experts in “ethnic plastic surgery”. He was recently featured in the Chicago Defender with an article titled “Ethnically Responsible Rhinoplasty: Keeping Noses Black and Beautiful.” In addition, he has been featured on “The Santita Jackson Show” as an expert in ethnic facial plastic surgery. Dr. Shah has a large clientele of African American patients in the Chicago area.
He has also been featured in the India Tribune for his work on Indian Rhinoplasty.
Where is Dr. Shah’s office found?
It is conveniently located in downtown Chicago, Illinois, inside the professional offices in Water Place.