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What Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is one type of cosmetic rhinoplasty designed to improve certain features of the nose in patients of non-Caucasian ethnicity including those of Asian, African, Hispanic, or Middle Eastern descent. Many patients seek our ethnic rhinoplasty to enhance the breathing function and shape of their nose and elegantly restore facial harmony that is consistent with their ethnicity.
What is Dr. Ho’s Approach to Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
As a rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Tina Ho is highly trained and experienced in ethnic rhinoplasty and has performed surgery on patients of various ethnicities particularly those of Asian and African descent from all over Philadelphia and Newtown as well as greater parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. She dedicates the needed time and focus in consultation with each ethnic rhinoplasty candidate and utilizes morphing imaging to help set realistic expectations and realize each patient’s individual surgical goals. Dr. Ho is experienced in harvesting and utilizing ear and rib cartilage for those patients seeking augmentation including higher nasal bridge or increased nasal tip projection where septal cartilage alone may be insufficient for cartilage grafting. She believes using native cartilage over implants in the nose maximizes the potential for beautiful, natural results.
What are common nasal issues that can be addressed with ethnic rhinoplasty?
Common nasal issues that can be improved or corrected with ethnic rhinoplasty include but are not limited to:
- Crooked nose
- Large nose
- Nasal bridge hump (Dorsal hump)
- Flat nasal bridge
- Bulbous tip
- Underprojected tip
- Overprojected tip
- Drooping nasal tip
- Wide or flared nostrils
- Ill-defined nose
“Dr. Ho is Both Caring and Skilled”
Not only does Dr. Ho have incredible bedside manner, she is an exceptional doctor. She is smart and caring. She took amazing care of me when I had a minor complication (not of her doing) following surgery. I was so scared and frustrated. She handled the matter impeccably. It is hard to find a plastic surgeon who genuinely cares. Look no further than Dr. Thuy-Van Tina Ho.
What is Dr. Ho’s Approach to Rhinoplasty in Asian and Black Patients?
Although Dr. Ho recognizes every rhinoplasty patient is unique based on their individual nasal anatomy and surgical goals, she has a global understanding of the commonalities shared by patients of certain ethnicities and applies this knowledge to her surgical approach. Many patients of Asian and African descent often desire ethnic rhinoplasty to improve any of the following issues: flat nasal bridge, underprojected tip, bulbous tip, and wide or flared nostrils. Furthermore, Asian and black rhinoplasty patients commonly possess thick nasal skin, which limits the extent of tip refinement that can be achieved and makes them prone to experiencing more prolonged nasal swelling in the recovery period, and are at higher risk of poor scarring including hypertrophic or hyperpigmented scars. Dr. Ho understands well the nuanced challenges to rhinoplasty in Asian and black patients and customizes her surgical technique accordingly including harvesting ear or rib cartilage for needed augmentation and carefully concealing her incisions to achieve the best results for each ethnic rhinoplasty patient.
What is dorsal augmentation?
Dorsal augmentation is one procedure within rhinoplasty that entails increasing the height of the nasal bridge (the dorsum). This can be achieved with native patient cartilage or an implant. Dorsal augmentation is commonly pursued by ethnic rhinoplasty candidates who feel they have a flat or wide nasal bridge, including those patients of Asian and African descent. Depending on how much augmentation is needed, Dr. Tina Ho utilizes septal or rib cartilage graft to create a dorsal onlay graft that is fit over the nasal bridge and underneath the skin.
What is alar base reduction?
Alar base reduction or alarplasty is one type of rhinoplasty procedure that reduces the flare and/or width of the nostrils. This procedure is routinely desired by ethnic rhinoplasty patients including those of Asian, African, or Hispanic descent. The ideal width of the nasal base is typically equal to the horizontal distance between the eyes. Often additional external incisions need to be placed in the nostrils with excess nostril tissue removed or the nostrils brought in to bring about appropriate reduction in nostril size and flare. Dr. Ho is highly experienced in alar base reduction and will discuss with each rhinoplasty candidate whether they may benefit from this procedure. She strategically places her alar base reduction incisions and implements special suturing techniques to create very minimal, not easily detectable scars.
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Dr. Thuy-Van Tina Ho will be available to discuss ethnic rhinoplasty and the variety of other procedures we perform during a consultation. Set up an appointment for your consultation – contact our office today.
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