You have to do your research online, then choose one to three surgeons to interview even if it cost money, it will be worth it in the end.The best way to visualize potential results from a rhinoplasty is get computer imaging performed by several surgeons that perform African American Rhinoplasty. You should also look at the surgeons and before and afters and try to find one that has results you really like. Its imperitive to find a good surgeon that does African American rhinoplasty routinely as this will avoid revision surgery in the future.
Rhinoplasty, some advices:
Thank you very much for the questions.
The harmony between facial parts makes us instinctively recognize the beauty... without knowing it, without defining it, just a perception that surprises and captivates us.
In this regard, After having analyzed all the info. and photos provided to us, i recommend you perform an Open Full Rhinoplasty, includding narrowing of the nasal base and nostrils, with nasal bones treatment (controled fracture) and alar + triangular nasal cartilages re-shaping.
With this procedure you get a delicate nose, better harmonize with your other facial features.
African American Rhinoplasty
You are lucky from a location standpoint because of the number and quality of Rhinoplasty Surgeons in the LA area. In addition to Drs. Mayer and Fleming who have already commented, Drs. Nassif and Calvert carry international reputations for excellent work in Rhinoplasty. I recommend seeing at least one of these Surgeon's who can help steer you in the right direction. Good luck.
Few surgeons in LA have before & afters of Black American rhinoplasties. How do I decide which surgeon to consult with?
Hello cannonmalibu - Thanks for your question. 70% of my rhinoplasty practice is dedicated to ethnic rhinoplasty but African-American rhinoplasty is not as common as rhinoplasty on Hispanic, Asian, and Middle Eastern patients. This explains why it is hard to find the photos that might resemble what you are looking to achieve. I just performed a similar procedure on a man with a very large, wide nose that was beautifully improved by dorsal implant augmentation, tip reduction, and nostril narrowing. His nose has a sharp looking bridge, a beautiful break to the tip, and significantly improved tip projection. There are specialists in African-American rhinoplasty closer to you such as Jason Hamilton in LA and David Mabrie in San Francisco, that you may want to speak with who will have a large number of before and after photos that might interest you. As long as your surgeon has experience with ethnic noses, listens to your desires, and realistically counsels you on probable outcomes, there are many surgeons who will deliver what you want. If you'd like to speak more about this, I would love to talk to you via Skype. Good luck, Dr. Shah
Choosing a surgeon for ethnic rhinoplasty?
i'm sure you realize that all black noses are not the same. The one you chose as an example has a very Caucasian nose. Having done the surgery for more than 35 years on many African-American males I find them very resistant to letting us use their photographs. I don't know why this is but males in general are more reluctant than females. See an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon who's noses are natural whether they are Hispanic or black or Asian since they will share common denominators of wide nostrils thick skin and insufficient tip projection.
It might be easier for you to look for examples of noses like yours in people other than just blacks. Noses like yours, that is patients with wide poorly defined tips, are seen in many other ethnic groups such as Middle Easterners and Asians. Skin color does not change the procedure.
Finding the correct rhinoplasty surgeon for you
To find the right rhinoplasty surgeon for you is not easy but you are doing your homework and that is the correct way to go. Friends and family are great referal sources. Also expand your location list.