Are There Surgeons Who Specialize in African American Rhinoplasty?

Are there surgeons who specialize in African American rhinoplasty? If so, how do I verify that they have a lot of experience with doing nose surgery on African Americans, or is it rude to ask?

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Choose the right African American and Ethnic Rhinoplasty

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Choosing the right surgeon is the most important decision you can make when considering rhinoplasty. It is important to find a surgeon who not only specializes in rhinoplasty but also one who has experience performing rhinoplasty in patients of various ethnicities. Most recognized aesthetic proportions for rhinoplasty are derived from the Caucasian nose, and pre-operative analysis and planning become complex when applying these aesthetic “ideals” to patients of another ethnicity. Similarly, the techniques required to achieve natural looking results often are different for ethnic patients.

One way of determining your surgeon's experience in African American rhinoplasty is to view his or her before and after rhinoplasty patient photos. Most experienced rhinoplasty surgeons have a portfolio of their work in their office or on their website.

When approaching ethnic rhinoplasty patients, determining the preoperative goals and confirming the patient’s expectations is of paramount importance. The goals of ethnic rhinoplasty should therefore address the patient’s desire for preservation or alteration of ethnicity, balance of surrounding features, and adherence to patient desires.


Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
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African-American and Ethnic Rhinoplasty

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Ethnic rhinoplasty as a whole is a very sub-specialized aspect of plastic surgery and rhinoplasty. While most patients seeking rhinoplasty are of ethnicities that require nasal modification to balance out their face, only surgeons that are "ethnically-sensitive" to specific ethnic traits and anatomy can produce good results without "erasing or distorting" your ethnicity. All races and ancestries have a certain beauty and proportion that is suited for their face and body. It is important that your surgeon recognizes the differences in anatomy for your ethnicity and those of other races that are similar.

A specialist in ethnic rhinoplasty is generally a specialist in African-American noses as well. Asian and certain Arab and Hispanic nasal subtypes have similar features such as flat bridge, wide nose, nostrils that are wide and round, thick skin, weak cartilage support, and a tip that is poorly projecting. Look at your doctor's track record in the field of rhinoplasty. See if the doctor has published or lectured on ethnic rhinoplasty.

These well help you decide whether your doctor can appreciate your ethnicity while at the same time refining and re-shaping your nose.

Ashkan Ghavami, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Specialist in African-American Rhinoplasty

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The question is relevant because the African-American nose requires special techniques and expertise.

Ask your surgeon frankly about his/her experience with African-American rhinoplasty and ask to see before- and after- photos.

Paul C. Zwiebel, MD
Denver Plastic Surgeon
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Many surgeons specialize in African American Rhinoplasty

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The great news for patients today is that there are many excellent surgeons throughout North American excellent training and with extensive experience in rhinoplasty in patients of African origin.  It is best to ask the surgeon this directly and also ask to see the results.

Robert Mounsey, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Choosing your right rhinoplasty surgeon

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It is  important to choose a rhinoplasty surgeon who has performed thousand of noses and has a successful track record. It's important to look at their board certifications, ratings, reviews, testimonials, and before and after photographs. Look for a  surgeon  who has dedicated a significant portion of their practice to the field of rhinoplasty. 

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Experts in African American Rhinoplasty

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Just like any procedure, surgeons who see a lot of African American patients seeking rhinoplasty are most likely a better choice. Make sure you ask at your consultation how many he/she have performed, and also ask to see photos of prior patients. It is wise to make sure that your surgeon has the same changes in mind as you do. Communication is key to get a better result.

Ira D. Papel, MD
Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Specialize in rhinoplasty

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There are Drs that specialize in rhinoplastys. I have performed thousands of rhinoplastys on and a big percentage on African Americans. It is a valid question and important that you have confidence in your surgeon. Research and find a Dr that is proven to deliver the very best results. Good luck. If you would like to have a virtual consultation please contact us at Boriscosmetic Center

George T. Boris, MD, FRCS, FACS
Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Surgeons who specialize in ethnic rhinoplasty

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There are surgeons who specialize in rhinoplasty, which usually includes ethnic rhinoplasty. It is very important to choose a surgeon who you are comfortable with and has experience working with patients of different ethnicities since each ethnic group has unique anatomical skin, bone, and cartilage structures. It is necessary to schedule a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon who is experienced with both traditional and ethnic rhinoplasty to help guide you in achieving the most aesthetically-pleasing results possible. It’s never rude to ask about your surgeon’s experience. You should also ask to see before and after photos and inquire about what types of patients he or she normally works with.

David Whiteman, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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Specializing in African American Rhinoplasty

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African American Rhinoplasty is very different than nose surgery on caucasians. Many plastic surgeons who don't sepcialize in African American Nose Job may aim to make a black nose look like a caucasian nose, which is not optimal. Instead, a plastic surgeon who specializes in black nose job will try to keep a persons ethnic identity while enhancing it and makeing a women's nose look more refined and pretty.

S. Sean Younai, MD, FACS
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