The term “ethnic” is often used to describe any patient who is of non-caucasian origin. In the year 2009, more patients from diverse backgrounds are seeking cosmetic enhancement of the nose than ever before. Most patients are seeking a nose which will work with their facial features and ethncity, not to change their racial identity.
Dr. Shah has subdivided ethnic rhinoplasty into a few backgrounds because the differences between the nasal characteristics can be quite large. Even within specific ethncities, there is a very wide range of what an unoperated nose will look like.
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So what is ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is a term used to describe rhinoplasty which takes into account a person’s ethnicity.
Has the media recognized Dr. Shah for his work on ethnic rhinoplasty?
Dr. Shah has been a pioneer in ethnic rhinoplasty and has been featured a variety of press for his work on ethnic rhinoplasty. In 2008, Dr. Shah was featured on Santita Jackson’s WVON 1690 AM regarding his EFACE tool. Eface (termed ethnic face) allows patients to pick a chose a procedure based on ethnicity. Dr. Shah has also been featured in the Chicago Defender on African American rhinoplasty. He was again featured in the Chicago Loop News for his work on Ethnic Rhinoplasty. He was also featured in the India Tribune for his work on Indian Rhinoplasty.
Why should I consider Dr. Shah for an ethnic rhinoplasty?
Dr. Shah is an expert in ethnic rhinoplasty and has performed over 3000 rhinoplasty procedures. Patients seek him out from all over the world for his expertise. Patients appreciate that Dr. Shah works with each patient’s ethnicity and takes it into consideration.
African American Rhinoplasty
African American represents a wide range of nasal appearances. Many patients seeking rhinoplasty of African American origin will describe desiring more definition to the nasal tip, a narrower alar base, and sometimes augmentation to the nasal bridge. Often times the lower lateral cartilages or underlying structural support to the nose, is soft. By increasing support to the nose, often times the patient is able to achieve improved nasal tip definition. Alar base reduction is a complex procedure where the bottom portion of the nose is reduced. Often times this will require an external incision. While patients of African American origin may worry about keloid formation in other areas of the body, its appearance around the nose is exceedingly rare. The alar base reduction will also help to reduce the overall size of the bottom of the nose and improve the balance with the rest of the face. Read more here.
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.
Figure Top: Patient who requested augmentation of nose in an effort for more definition of nasal tip and bridge.
Figure Left. Patient had alar base reduction in an effort to make nose less wide. In addition, patient’s nose was rebalanced so that nose was less bottom heavy and tip subtlety refined.
Latin American Plastic Surgery Chicago
There are a wide range of facial features and skin types within Latin America. It is critical for the surgeon to have vast experience with working with “Latin” skin in order to understand what procedures are best suited for it.
Many patients from Central and South American backgrounds seek rhinoplasty. The majority of patients seeking this surgery desire a nose which fits the face and does not distract from the other facial features.
Aging face surgery also has specific challenges within Central and South American patients. Most patients have “intermediate” skin coloration which provides protection from UVA and UVB sunlight and can minimize facial wrinkles. Unfortunately, the aging process still occurs within the deeper tissues which may sag and descend with gravity. Dr. Shah modifys his facelift technique to lift the tissue and minimize scarring and recovery.
Facial fillers have particular importance in a variety of age groups seeking a more youthful appearance. Dr. Shah tailors the injection used based on skin type and thickness of skin. Some of the facial injectables utilized will last up to three years. Dr. Shah does not believe in the use of permanent injectable materials. Patients receiving injections outside of the United States or from non-physicians should be cautious regarding the training of the individual and the material being injected.
Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty
Patients from Middle Eastern backgrounds, including Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudia Arabia, Iran (Persia) visit Dr. Shah in Chicago, Illinois in order to help improve their appearances. Dr. Shah is well known within the community for natural appearing results.
Rhinoplasty by Dr. Shah is becoming more of a status symbol amongst patients within this region. Dr. Shah developed a reputation while in New York which has subsequently followed him to his location in Chicago, Illinois in the Midwest.
Dr. Shah’s rhinoplasty techniques span the full gamut of rhinoplasty including open and closed rhinoplasty. He will have extensive discussions with the patient to determine what their aesthetic goals are. Most patients are seeking a natural appearing nose which is a less dominant part of the face. The goal of the operation is to emphasize the existing attractive features of the nose. A successful rhinoplasty will make not only the nose better but make the entire face more attractive.
Most patients plan to stay in Chicago, Illinois for one week after surgery and are able to fly back to the Middle East after their stay.
المرضى من خلفيات شرق أوسطية, ومنها دبي, الإمارات العربية المتحدة والاردن والمملكة العربية السعودية وإيران (فارس) زيارة الدكتور شاه في شيكاغو إلينوي من أجل المساعدة على تحسين المظهر. وقال الدكتور شاه معروف داخل المجتمع لصالح طبيعية تظهر نتائجها. rhinoplasty الدكتور شاه يزداد على رمز amongst المرضى داخل المركز لهذه المنطقة. وقال الدكتور شاه وضعت في نيويورك والذي سمعته بينما قامت بعد ذلك تابع له مكانه في شيكاغو, إلينوي في الغرب الاوسط.
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.
Where is Dr. Shah’s office found?
It is conveniently located in downtown Chicago, Illinois.