Opposite of African-American rhinoplasty, is it possible? (photo)

I have a Caucasian "Greek" nose. I would like to get my nose flattened and widened laterally so that it appears more African or mulatto. How specifically would this be possible?

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Opposite of African-American rhinoplasty, is it possible?

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A nose can certainly be made wider and flatter.

Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Ethnic rhinoplasty

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The ala can be widened with external alar incisions. The tip can be widened with cartilage grafting. The bridge can be lowered, also. These changes can affect breathing. Please seek out the advice of a board-certified Facial Plastic Surgeon. Good luck.

David Alessi, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Rhinoplasty questions

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What is possible with your specific nose always depends on what the nose looks like to begin with. You should seek an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon to find out specifically which features bother you and how they can be addressed.

Ronald J. Edelson, MD
San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Widening and Flattening the Nose

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To be helpful, you will need to submit photos of what your nose looks like. It is impossible to answer your question if the surgeon does not have any idea what they are working with or starting from. Your rhinoplasty goals may be largely achievable but that can not be answered specifically without more input from you.

Realistic Rhinoplasty Results

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I understand your desire not to post photos of yourself on the internet, but no one can give you a good answer to your question otherwise. My recommendation is to visit a few surgeons that specialize in rhinoplasty. Look at their photos and try to find a few patients that had a similar nasal appearance. Your surgeon should be able to tell you what he would do in a way that you understand, and what alternatives could be considered.

Once you've made a decision on a surgeon, then you should examine photos of yourself that have been morphed to replicate the surgery. This is purely for improved communication and understanding of your aesthetic goals, both for you and your surgeon. Do not bother with morphing prior to your decision on the surgeon; morphing your photo can lead you astray without truly assessing real results based on before and after photos and the doctors decision making process.

Best of luck!

Gerald Minniti, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 100 reviews

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