A lot of people told me I don't need surgery and that I am fine the way I am. I just don't know what to do. I just don't know where to go to find someone that does ethnic/black noses. Does anyone have any suggestions for the Maryland area that has a better expertise in doing surgery?
Any African American Rhinoplasty Expert in Maryland?
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African American Rhinoplasty
Many patients have your dilemma. The fact is that there are not many plastic surgeons that specialize in African American Rhinoplasty. In my opinion, this is a specialty in itself. The best suggestion I can give you are:
- Look at the surgeons before and afters and make sure you are happy with them.
- Have the surgeon perform computer imaging on your nose and make usre you are happy with it.
- Talk to several of the surgeons patients.
- Don't have surgery unless you are totally confident you can achieve what you want. Revisions are much harder than primaries.
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African American Rhinoplasty Expert in Maryland
The ASPS website is a good starting point for qualified board certified plastic surgeons in your area. Dr. William Crawley and Dr. Ariel Rad are two possibilities in Baltimore. Consult with 2 - 3 board certified plastic surgeons to understand your options.
You are very smart doing your homework before making a decision about your surgery. African-American rhinoplasties are very challenging because of the thick skin and weak cartilages with poor projection and definition. Ira Papel M.D., located in Baltimore, is an excellent surgeon experienced in ethnic rhinoplasty.
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African American rhinoplasty
Performing rhinoplasty on African-American individuals is a common procedure in New York. I see alot of patients of verying ethnicity because of the variety of people that make New York their home. Because the skin is often thicker than other patients, it sometimes more difficult to refine the tip. Many patients also need augmentation of the dorsum which can easily be done with various grafting material.
Maryland African American Rhinoplasty Specialist Recommendation
Ira Papel, MD is an excellent rhinoplasty surgeon and is well versed in African American rhinoplasty. He is located in Baltimore.
Good luck and be well.
Rhinoplasty in African Americans is a difficult procedure
All rhinoplasty procedures are difficult but a rhinoplasty or nasal reshaping in an African-American is even more challenging as the skin is often thicker and the underlying cartilages are smaller. Therefore, it requires the surgeon to do more like performing nasal augmentation of the tip and dorsum as well as reduction of the alar bases as a routine. This is much more challenging but also rewarding if the rhinoplasty surgeon is both diligent in his pre op analysis of the problem and can properly execute the operation using an open approach. It is very important for your surgeon to have both experience and expertise in this type of rhinoplasty as well.