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. *Actual Patient.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Chicago, IL
Dr. Shah has subdivided ethnic rhinoplasty into a few backgrounds because the differences between the nasal characteristics can be quite large. Even within specific ethnicities, there is a very wide range of what an unoperated nose will look like.
Why Dr. Shah for my Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
Dr. Shah is an expert in ethnic rhinoplasty and has performed over 3000 rhinoplasty procedures. Patients from all over the world seek him out for his expertise. Many of Dr. Shah’s patients appreciate that Dr. Shah works with each patient’s ethnicity and takes it into consideration.
Types of Ethnic Rhinoplasty
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.
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Latin American Rhinoplasty
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 modifies his facelift technique to lift the tissue and minimize scarring and recovery.
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Middle Eastern American Rhinoplasty
Patients from Middle Eastern backgrounds, including Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi 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.
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Indian noses can differ from one person to another. Some patients’ noses could have thick skin and be underprojected while others could have thin skin and be overprojected.
Dr. Shah can help the patient find that natural look based on his work and experience with different types of Indian and Pakistani features. Keeping in mind the patient’s ethnicity and facial features, Dr. Shah can create a natural looking nose that both complements the face and hides the notion of the patient having plastic surgery.
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While many Asian patients seek to have artificial implants to enhance their noses, it does create an unnatural look. Dr. Shah’s work with different types of ethnicities has led him to a philosophy creating a nose with a natural look. Using natural materials from the patient’s body, such as nose or ear cartilage, Dr. Shah can make a nose with a natural and long lasting appearance and prevent problems that an artificial implant can cause, such as infection and / or rejection.
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Very few websites or books will describe Caucasian rhinoplasty. It is most likely due to the fact that Caucasian noses fall into a range of noses which may need projection, reduction, rotation, or a variety of changes. In addition, Caucasian can describe a wide variety of ethnicities which have very different, yet still attractive appearances. (i.e. Sweden, Italy, Ireland, etc) Perhaps the most important aspect is for the surgeon to understand each patient’s aesthetic goals and desired aesthetic outcomes in the context of their ethnic background. Most of the time this is facilitated through an in person consultation and the use of computer imaging to help understand what type of changes each person is seeking.
RECOVERY TIME FROM ETHNIC RHINOPLASTY
After a rhinoplasty procedure, most patients are able to return to work at one week. While some of the changes are evident immediately after surgery, many of the changes take time over several months to manifest. Checkups with Dr. Shah are often made to see how the healing process is coming along.
Frequently Asked Questions about Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Every rhinoplasty procedure’s cost is dependent on multiple factors including difficulty of case, time involved, etc.
Many patients will have a simultaneous ethnic rhinoplasty and septoplasty to improve both appearance and breathing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It is conveniently located in downtown Chicago, Illinois, inside the professional offices in Water Place.
If you live near Chicago, IL, Anil Shah Facial Plastic Surgery offers ethnic rhinoplasty among its services and is conveniently located at 200 West Superior St., Suite 200 Chicago, IL 60654
Dr. Shah is a double board certified facial plastic surgeon who has written over 50 scientific articles including three landmark articles about facial anatomy revolutionizing the way plastic surgery is performed. Dr. Shah specializes in Ethnic Rhinoplasty and takes an analytical approach to patient recovery after the procedure. Based in Chicago, IL; Dr. Shah is not only recognized as one of the top plastics surgeon not only in the city of Chicago, but in the world.