Round Nose and Wide Nostrils (Afro Caribbean) - Am I a Good Rhinoplasty Candidate?

I have a very round nose with wide nostrils. The thing is I only want tip refinement surgery because I'm fearful that any alar work will completely ruin my face. Do you think that it's possible to have work done on my tip and perhaps even my bridge without completely changing my nostrils? Do you think a nose job is a good idea for me from what you can see or should I not bother? Oh and if I lift my head slightly you can see all the way up my nose which is very annoying.

Doctor Answers 6

You ARE a candidate for rhinoplasty

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The keys to successful rhinoplasty are an experienced surgeon and an informed patient with realistic expectations. I agree with my colleague that computer imaging is a great communication tool to ensure that you and your surgeon are "on the same page." Tip rhinoplasty and dorsal augmentation are reasonable options for you. Projecting your nasal tip will possibly reduce some of the "flair" of your nostrils without any need to do surgery at the nasal base.


Stephen Weber MD, FACS

African American Rhinoplasty

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Yes I think you are a good candidate for African American rhinoplasty. The tip can be refined as well as the bridge of the nose without affecting the nostrils too much. You can have your pictures computer imaged to see what your results would look like after surgery.



Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 285 reviews

Look for Specialist in African Rhinoplasty

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From your photos, you seem to be an excellent candidate for rhinoplasty. The size of your nostrils can be reduced without changing them drastically and your tip can be refined and narrowed. Please find a facial plastic surgeon who has longstanding expertise in refining noses on people of African descent. There are differences in the quality and amount of cartilage in African and Asian v. Caucasian noses that can significantly affect surgical outcome. Be sure your surgeon has experience with this. I hope this helps.

Round Nose and Wide Nostrils

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A "nose job" is a good idea for you if you see an experienced surgeon who does African American or Afro Carribean noses. Careful discussionj will determine what you and that surgeon want to achieve. You want proportion and balance.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews


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You certainly can obtain some of the things that you want by not having the nostrils adjusted. You can have dorsal augmentationa nd tip work. The tip work may lift your nostrils "out" so to speak and acutally  elongating them a bit. 

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

African American rhinoplasty.

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Yes, you can have a much improved appearance with a rhinoplasty with nostril narrowing and tip refinement,etc. You should see Rhinoplasty surgeon who does many non-artificial looking ethnic rhinoplasties. He should have you meet with patients he has done.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 38 reviews

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