How Do Asian Techniques Different from Other Nose-job Techniques?

What are the 2 main techniques that every Asian rhino specialist should be well skilled?

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Whta makes Asian rhinoplasty different?

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Two main techniques that are commonly used in Asian rhinoplasty are:

  • Under-projected bridge augmentation. I prefer using a patient's own cartilage. This is most commonly done using cartilage from the septum or ear. In some cases rib cartilage is used.
  • Tip refinement. This can include improving an under-projected nasal tip or other techniques to create improved tip definition.


Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Important aspects regarding Asian rhinoplasty

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Asian rhinoplasty differs from caucasian rhinoplasty in several major factors.  The two major entities that patients ask for include dorsal augmentation, and increased tip projection/definition.  The major challenges in giving patients these desires are: (1) decreased amount of cartilage, (2) softer overall cartilage and (3) thicker flatter nasal bones.

To circumvent these problems, surgeons often use dorsal augmentation implants or grafts, tip augmentation grafts, columellar struts to increase tip support and projection.

Raghu Athre, MD
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Asian rhinoplasty techniques

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Great question.  As many of the other surgeons have mentioned there are two particular anatomical traits to look at.  One, the bridge of the nose tends to be lower and flatter.  Two, the tip of the nose usually needs refinement to improve the definition of the tip.  This is usally done with a cartilage graft from the ear.  The techniques used to augment the bridge or refine the tip are nothing new to most rhinoplasty surgeons.  However, what your surgeon should be aware of in the Asian face are the following:   1.  While an Asian nose may appear to to have plenty of cartilage inside it often does not.  This often will require the surgeon to harvest cartilage from the ear to augment or improve the nose.   2.  The length or height of the nose is very important when creating harmony or balance in the Asian face.  And this varies from group to group.  While much of Asian follows plastic surgery trends from Korean and Japan some style of Asian rhinoplasty in Korean may not be as favorable on say a Thai or Laotian face.    3.  The nasal bones tend to be short and thick making osteomies, or surgical fractors, ineffective or impractical for narrowing and augmenting the dorsum.  This is where an implant on the nasal bridge or cartilage comes into play.   I WOULD NOT recommend an "L" shaped or "7" type implant whiche extends into the nasal tip.  Over time they tend to look unnatrual.

Chase Lay, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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How Do Asian Techniques Different from Other Nose-job Techniques?

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 Asian Rhinoplasty techniques are the same used in all noses with low bridges and weak, ill defined nasal tip cartilages.  The aesthetics of facial beauty dictate that the nose should be sleek and refined and as such these noses typically require building up the nasal bridhe with a straight, silastic nasal implant along with conchal ear cartilage to define and strengthen the nasal tip.  Be sure your Rhinoplasty Surgeon understands and follows the proper aesthetics of facial beauty to create a naturally, beautiful nose.

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Techniques for Asian Rhinoplasty

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Two techniques commonly used in Asian rhinoplasty include augmentation of the bridge and tip with some type of grafts as well as narrowing the nasal base. This is done to improve proportion, definition, and refinement.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
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Asian rhinoplasty techniques

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The question sounds like a query during residency training :).

Two relatively unique aspects to Asian rhinoplasty would be bridge augmentation using your own cartilage; and nasal tip grafting, including lengthening the nose.

Charles S. Lee, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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