one week after nose job with no general anesthesia
“I was extremely unhappy with the width and base of my nose, and I wanted a thinner tip. I felt like my nose always looked swollen because my nostrils were too wide,” says our patient. This patient is 26 years old and of African American descent. He was looking for a plastic surgeon who specializes in African American rhinoplasty. He wanted to a more refined tip which would improve his overall appearance. Most African-American/black rhinoplasty (“nose job”) patients seek to improve the appearance of their nose without erasing their heritage and identity. Typically, requests include lifting the bridge, narrowing the nostrils, and enhancing the profile. It takes skill and sensitivity to achieve a cosmetic result that beautifies the face while respecting and preserving ethnicity. There are technical challenges when refining an ethnic nose that deserve special consideration. “A plastic surgeon needs to be aware of the fact that African-Americans often have broader and somewhat flatter noses than Europeans. They also have thicker skin (as do Hispanics) and this makes refining the nasal tip more challenging. In addition, African-American nasal bones are comparatively short, requiring special care,”says triple-board certified, ethnic rhinoplasty expert, Dr. Ramtin Kassir. Dr. Kassir performed tip rhinoplasty in order to give this patient a more triangular, aesthetically pleasing nose. He now has a tip which is more refined, his nostrils have been narrowed, and his nose is proportional to the rest of his facial features. “I am very happy with my results. The recovery has been very smooth, Dr. Kassir and his staff have provided me with the utmost care. I now have a nose I’ve always wanted- a natural looking nose,” says our patient.