What Is Asian Rhinoplasty & What You Should Know

What Is Asian Rhinoplasty?

Asian Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure that involves changing the shape of the Asian nose by shortening, lengthening, narrowing the nostrils or lifting and defining the tip. Around 761,000 Asians had some type of cosmetic procedure done in 2010. Among those surgical procedures, nose-reshaping was one of the most common processes completed. 

A cosmetic surgeon will consider the features of the Asian face and help the patient decide how he/she would like their nose changed in order to harmonize the rest of the facial features. Asian Rhinoplasty can change the bone structure or the cartilage of the nose. 

Reasons For Having The Procedure

The Asian nose is quite different from that of a Caucasian. An Asian’s nose is less prominent and the tip of the nose appears wider and less angular. The cartilage is almost more fragile and the overlying skin tissue is thicker. The main reason some may opt to receive Asian Rhinoplasty is to make their nose more prominent and well-defined. While some surgical procedures may simply be cosmetic, others may receive the surgery to correct birth defects, repair the nose following an accident or to improve breathing difficulties. 

What You Should Know

If you are unfamiliar with the process of Asian Rhinoplasty, here are a few things that you should know about the procedure: 

  • The surgical process takes place inside the nose 
  • To readjust the cartilage inside the nose, the surgeon will make cuts inside the nostrils. This may be located within the septum that is located between the nostrils. 
  • For small augmentation to the nose cartilage, the surgeon may harvest cartilage from deep inside your nose or ear. 
  • Larger augmentations will require implants or bone grafting. (Bone grafting is when bone material (graft) is inserted into another bone. 
  • Depending on the complexity of the procedure, you may receive local or general anesthesia. Local anesthesia will numb your nasal tissues and make you groggy-but will not put you fully asleep. General anesthesia will induce a temporary state of unconsciousness by hooking you up to an IV line or by inhaling an anesthetic. 

Possible Risks

Before attempting Asian Rhinoplasty, it is important that you discuss the possible risks with a doctor and how they could affect you. 

Some of these risks include: 

  • Nosebleeds that reoccur 
  • Trouble breathing through the nose 
  • A feeling of numbness in and around the nose 
  • A chance that the nose may appear uneven 
  • Pain, discoloration or swelling of the nose 
  • Scarring 

Also before completing surgery, your doctor will discuss your medical history, complete a physical examination, take photographs and discuss your final expectations and outcomes of the surgery. 

After The Procedure

After Asian Rhinoplasty has been completed, your doctor may also inform you about different types of medications to avoid, inform you to stop smoking (if you are a smoker) and to make arrangements for the day of the surgery as well as a few days following the surgery. It will be required that somebody drive you home afterwards since you will most likely be placed under sedation. You may also need someone to help you around home as you heal and recover from Asian Rhinoplasty. If you received a complex surgical procedure, you may be required to stay in the hospital overnight for observation. 

Other activities that the doctor will tell you to avoid include swimming, blowing your nose, heavy chewing, large facial expressions and strenuous exercises. You also will have dressings or small pieces of gauze placed inside your nose that will need to be in there between one to seven days. There may also be a splint or plaster cast attached to your nose for support and protection. 

Asian Rhinoplasty should be a procedure than should be carefully thought out before considering. The nose is a very sensitive, yet important part of your body. After Asian Rhinoplasty has been completed, it could sometimes be up to a year before the final results are noticed. 

Sources: <http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rhinoplasty/MY00425> <http://www.plasticsurgery.org/news-and-resources/briefing-papers/plastic-surgery-for-ethnic-patients.html>