Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Beverly Hills - Richard W. Fleming, M.D.

Your ethnic heritage is part of your unique beauty. The shape of your eyes, lips, and nose should reflect your background while demonstrating aesthetic balance and harmony. When pursuing cosmetic nose surgery (rhinoplasty), it’s therefore essential to select a surgeon who has experience operating on patients of your ethnicity.

At his Beverly Hills clinic, board-certified rhinoplasty specialist Dr. Richard Fleming performed rhinoplasty on patients from around the world. Over the span of his 25-year career, he’s pioneered innovative rhinoplasty techniques capable of achieving each patient’s goals while respecting distinct identity. To learn more about Dr. Fleming’s approach to ethnic rhinoplasty and view results of his past work, contact the Beverly Hills Institute at (310) 278-8823.

What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty is not a single procedure. Instead, this term refers to the practice of adjusting rhinoplasty methods on a case-by-case basis to flatter the patient’s individual features while honoring his or her ethnicity. These adjustments in technique are necessary because there are structural differences between Caucasian, African-American, Asian, Middle Eastern, and Hispanic noses. Using the same rhinoplasty methods on patients from all of these groups produces inferior, unattractive results.

Understanding the Role of Ethnicity in Rhinoplasty Surgery

Ethnic variations in nasal structure go beyond the shape and projection of different noses. While it’s true that people of African-American, Asian, and Hispanic descent often have noses that are more broad or flat than the typical Caucasian nose, there are other, less visible differences to consider. Surgeons must also take skin thickness and cartilage composition into account when performing ethnic rhinoplasty.

People of European descent usually have noses with thin skin and ample supportive tissue, whereas those of African or Asian descent have noses with thick skin and shorter internal cartilages. People of Hispanic descent often have noses with a blend of the aforementioned characteristics. Middle Eastern noses are frequently defined by a strong and sometimes “hooked” profile, but they actually tend to have a weak nasal base and poor cartilage support.

When performing rhinoplasty, Dr. Fleming adjusts his techniques to reflect these variations. He manipulates the supportive tissue within non-Caucasian noses very carefully to avoid damaging sensitive cartilage. If a patient’s nose requires extra support, he can use tissue grafting to achieve the patient’s desired results. Dr. Fleming also takes extra care when working with thick skin, which may scar more easily (and more visibly) than thin skin. Where possible, he will utilize small incisions or “closed” (rather than “open”) rhinoplasty techniques to reduce the risk of scarring.

Dr. Fleming’s extensive training as a head and neck surgeon also allows him to address functional concerns during ethnic rhinoplasty. Patients of African descent often turn to Dr. Fleming to treat breathing problems caused by having a low nasal bridge. He can elevate the nasal bridge sufficiently to create optimal airflow without altering the essential character of these patients’ noses.

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Why Choose a Rhinoplasty "Super Specialist" for Your Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

By focusing almost exclusively on rhinoplasty and related facial procedures, rhinoplasty “super specialists” like Dr. Fleming accrue the broad experience needed to work with even the most challenging nasal anatomy. This expertise sets them apart from plastic surgeons who perform multiple face and body procedures, but who place only limited emphasis on perfecting the delicate art of rhinoplasty.

Avoiding surgeons with general (non-specialized) rhinoplasty experience is particularly important when pursuing ethnic rhinoplasty. Many non-specialists create a narrow, pinched nasal shape that’s especially unflattering on patients of African-American, Hispanic, or Asian heritage. Rhinoplasty super specialists, on the other hand, eschew this obviously surgical look in favor of sculpting a natural appearance.

Choosing a rhinoplasty expert will also ensure you achieve your specific cosmetic objectives, rather than ending up with bland “cookie cutter” results. Remember: no two noses are alike, even among people of the same nationality. Your rhinoplasty procedure should, therefore, be personalized to suit your face, not just your ethnicity. There is no one “ideal” African, Asian, Hispanic, Caucasian or Middle Eastern nose; there is only the best nose for you. And that nose balances well with your other features to create your ideal facial harmony. By choosing a rhinoplasty super specialist like Dr. Fleming, you’ll ensure your procedure is tailored to fit your features and aesthetic desires.

Preparing For Your Consultation

Patients of all backgrounds are encouraged to bring photographs depicting their preferred nose type to their consultation. These images will provide Dr. Fleming with a visual guide to your goals and expectations.

Patients should also be prepared to discuss their complete medical history during their rhinoplasty consultation, including any past cosmetic procedures they’ve had. To be a good candidate for surgery, you will need to be healthy and a current non-smoker.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Recovery

Patients with thick nasal skin may require slightly more healing time after rhinoplasty than patients with thin skin. In most cases, however, these differences are fairly minimal and do not increase patient discomfort. Most ethnic rhinoplasty patients can have their nasal splint removed after one week, and many return to work shortly thereafter. Athletics and any other activities that could damage the nose should be avoided for another six weeks.

Dr. Fleming schedules regular follow-up appointments with all of his patients to ensure they are healing as expected. During these appointments, he informs patients when it’s safe to resume their normal activities.

Arrange an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Consultation in Beverly Hills, California

Whether you wish to elevate your nasal bridge, refine the tip of your nose, or adjust the width of your nostrils, ethnic rhinoplasty can help you achieve your goals. To begin your facial transformation, contact board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Fleming at the Beverly Hills Institute in California at 310-278-8823. You can skip to the head of the line when you schedule a consultation via our online form. Our caring team will guide you through the rhinoplasty process from start to finish.