I specialize in rhinoplasty in Toronto, but I don’t differentiate between traditional and “ethnic rhinoplasty.” Is ethnic rhinoplasty really any different from standard rhinoplasty? And do you really need to see a specialist for good results?
Ethnic rhinoplasty refers to a procedure that improves the appearance of an ethnic nose while maintaining a person’s cultural identity. What is considered an “ethnic nose” varies greatly from surgeon to surgeon, but there are some commonalities that allow a nose to be defined as ethnic. For example, thick skin, a weak cartilage tip, and a broad, flat nasal structure are common criteria and are typically characteristics of African American and Asian patients. Understanding these unique characteristics is essential for a positive rhinoplasty result, which is why the demand for ethnic rhinoplasty has emerged.
In general, I would say that it is not necessary for a surgeon to be experienced in ethnic rhinoplasty so much as it’s important that he or she be highly experienced and well-qualified. A skilled surgeon who has performed volumes of rhinoplasty procedures will have gained the experience necessary to adapt his or her surgical technique to accommodate a person’s individual features. I have performed rhinoplasty on countless patients from different cultural backgrounds with great success, and that’s simply due to my training and experience. Seek out a good surgeon and you can expect a good result.