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We live in an increasingly multicultural society that has resulted in entirely new ways to appreciate the world and people around us. This rich tapestry of life is noticed in our culinary choices, social dealings and cultural diversity. Every race has its own unique characteristics shaped by tradition, regional preferences and genetics. Our faces are no exception. The bone structure of Asian people, for example, is often quite different to that of their Caucasian neighbours – a situation that has led to Asians increasingly opting for plastic and cosmetic surgery.
Although we are all individuals, there are facial features that can be described as distinctly Asian. Nose shape is determined to a large degree by underlying structure – easily noticed when comparing ethnicities. For starters, the nasal bridge is usually lower in people of Asian ancestry. The nose also projects less prominently in most Asians, and can even be convex in appearance. Differences can be found from top to tip of the nose, and many Asians desire a stronger, more pronounced nose. Rhinoplasty surgery is the answer.
A duly qualified and professional plastic and cosmetic surgeon understands that rhinoplasty isn’t the same for everyone. It is a customised operation designed to support individual facial structure while taking the patient’s aspirations and expectations into consideration.
People are understandably proud of their culture and ethnicity, and not everyone wants drastic change. Most patients like to preserve their own identity, yet at the same time enhance and improve their overall appearance. Often the goal is simply to soften features rather than change them dramatically, so choosing a plastic surgeon with experience and understanding of different scenarios is important.
In the past, elective plastic surgery was considered a vanity project, or even a sign of someone ashamed of their ethnicity. Fortunately, this is no longer the case, and there is undeniable evidence of the life-changing potential of plastic surgery. It’s worth understanding, however, that your so-called ‘ideal’ nose may not suit your other facial features. This is why employing the services of a plastic surgeon familiar with Asian features is a big advantage in achieving the best results.
A major difference, although not in every case, is that Caucasians usually request reductive rhinoplasty (reducing the size of the nose), whereas Asians often require augmentation to make the bridge of the nose bigger.
Asian rhinoplasty will therefore sometimes require grafts or implants to achieve the desired result. Grafts can be taken from the patient’s own cartilage (autologous grafts), or created from other suitable materials. Cartilage grafts can be harvested from a number of sources:
There are even variations of the skin surface, with Asians often having thick and sebaceous skin on the nose. Added to this, the nasal tip may also draw attention, and is often fairly bulbous or under-projected. As a patient of Dr Shahidi, the solutions for balancing individual facial aesthetics will be clearly explained during the consultation phase prior to undergoing rhinoplasty surgery.
There is no denying the nose as a central feature on our face. It’s often the first feature noticed, and can have a remarkable effect on the way we are perceived by others. From science to superstition, surgery to face-reading, our features project both positive and negative traits and characteristics of an individual.
Rhinoplasty is one of the world’s oldest forms of plastic surgery, dating back thousands of years. In an ideal world we would all be the perfect physical combination of mixed ethnicity, including Asian and Caucasian. In the meantime, we can take advantage of rhinoplasty to enhance our features, and enjoy the best of both worlds.