I'm 22 years old and have an African American nose. Is it possible to give me a natural looking nose? (photos)

I'm 22. I've been wanting a nose job for basically all my life. I have a very wide bridge that causes a huge separation between my eyes and on top of that it's flat! When I wear glasses they have no kinda grip to hold on to, they constantly slide down and just sit at my nostrils. I like my profile, It looks long and slim from the side, it's only from the front that you see my wide nose w no definition at all

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Keeping a natural ethnic look is possible with an experienced specialist

Yes, a properly trained and experienced rhinoplasty specialist should absolutely be able to come up with a surgical plan that both addresses your concerns and honours your ethnic heritage.It's very important that you find a facial plastic surgeon who has experience in African-American rhinoplasty and who can show you before and after pictures of patients with similar ethnic backgrounds and the outcomes achieved.

Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Yes, you would benefit from a rhinoplasty.The tip needs to be refined as well as the width of the base of the nose and the bony vault.The operation takes approximately 2 hours as out-patient and costs $8,000.

Best Wishes,

Gary Horndeski, M.D.

Gary M. Horndeski, MD
Texas Plastic Surgeon
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You can definitely get a great result

Dear DesVee,

African American rhinoplasty can be different in many respects than what many plastic surgeons are accustomed to, but there are rhinoplasty surgeons like us who really specialize in the procedure and can get you a fantastic result.  The key is to see a real specialist who has plenty of experience with African American patients.

Warm Regards,
Peyman Solieman, MD

Peyman Solieman, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 3 reviews

African American rhinoplasty

Thanks for your question and photos.
Yes. It can be natural looking.
It is important to note that appropriately applied techniques can make great difference.
We use specific techniques to improve proper healing and creating natural results.
Best wishes

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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I'm 22 years old and have an African American nose. Is it possible to give me a natural looking nose?

The answer to your question is, "Yes, it is possible to give you a natural looking nose" with appropriately selected and applied rhinoplasty techniques.
You have provided pictures that accurately express what you say troubles you and that you want changed.
I encourage you to seek out a plastic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty for many years.  A plan should be established based on a conversation with your potential surgeon and your approval of images that show your expected outcome following rhinoplasty and healing. You are an attractive young woman and seem to have reasonable expectations to improve the aesthetics of your nose.

-Dr. Steve Byrd

Steve Byrd, MD
Dallas Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 23 reviews

African-American & other ethnic nasal surgeries

What is most important about all nasal surgeries (rhinoplasties) including African-American patients, is that a safe surgery is performed using techniques that have a high likelihood of resulting in an attractive & natural nose. Ethnic differences do exist and both the surgeon & patient must understand some of the challenges & limitations of nasal surgery. For example, when skin is thicker, tip definition can be an challenge ....but there are strategies designed to help address this.    Noses should fit the face, race, gender and other facial features.  (The commonly addressed nasal surgery horror story, of course, is the nose of the late Michael Jackson.  Few would want to experience this sad series of surgeries.). So, there is good news! First,  it is very important to choose a surgeon experienced in ethnic patient surgeries prior to making any decision. 

Donn R. Chatham, MD
Louisville Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 69 reviews

Natural nose

Yes, it is. Because the techniques used typically in an ethnic nose type like yours are different than the more common reduction techniques used in most caucasian rhinoplasties, be certain your surgeon has good experience in rhinoplasty in African-American noses.

Robert H. Hunsaker, MD
Miami Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

I'm 22 years old and have an African American nose. Is it possible to give me a natural looking nose?

    The tip can be refined and the bridge, narrowed as well as the alar base, reduced.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 492 reviews

African American rhinoplasty.

African American rhinoplasty which includes narrowing your tip, mid nose and nasal bones as well as the nostrils will give you a more attractive nose. See an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon for the best results.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 34 reviews

I'm 22 years old and have an African American nose. Is it possible to give me a natural looking nose?

Yes, you are a good candidate for a closed rhinoplasty with a tipplasty.  This would thin and refine the nose.  A facial plastic surgeon who performs a lot of rhinoplasty surgery can explain in detail during your consultation.

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 24 reviews

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