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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Surgeons DO specialize in African American Rhinoplasty

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Different rhinoplasty surgeons have different experiences.  And, although every nose is unique and should be addressed in a tailored fashion, some surgeons do specialize in African American rhinoplasty.  

Most African-American patients do not want to erase their heritage and identity. But, they may want to raise the bridge of a flat nose, narrow the nostrils of a wide nose, and/or enhance the profile of a nose that doesn't protrude adequately. It takes skill and sensitivity to achieve a cosmetic result that beautifies the face while respecting and preserving ethnicity. I have spent nearly 25 years doing just this.  In fact, I was quoted in a feature article in the New York Magazine for my expertise in ethnic rhinoplasty:  see below!

Indeed, there are technical challenges for a surgeon refining an ethnic nose that deserve special consideration:  African-Americans often have broader and somewhat flatter noses than Europeans; they have thicker skin (this can make refining the nasal tip more challenging); and, African-American nasal bones are comparatively short, requiring special care.

You can ask a doctor about her experience; ask to see photos; ask to speak with patients who have had the surgery you desire.  Ultimately, you must decide if the surgeon shares your aesthetic sensibility and can deliver a result that you believe will be natural and noticeable. 

Best of luck in your journey!

Dr. Michelle Yagoda

New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

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
4.7 out of 5 stars 46 reviews

African American Rhinoplasty

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It is never rude to ask your surgeon any question. Remember you are the patient and consumer. You should not have any reservations before having cosmetic surgery.

Over the past 10 years I have developed specific rhinoplasty techniques for the the African American and Hispanic patient. I believe that African American Rhinoplasty is becoming a specialty in itself. African American noses are uniquely different from Caucasian noses. The trouble is that many surgeons still employ old techniques for African Americans that they would for Caucasians.

Choosing the right surgeon is crucial. Revision rhinoplasty in African Americans is the most challenging surgeries in facial cosmetic surgery, so you wan to get it Right the first time.

The best way to choose a surgeon is:

  • Look at before and after pictures and make sure you like the work.
  • Talk to other patients of the surgeon.
  • Make sure you have computer imaging performed to see your results before the surgery.

Best of Luck,

Dr. S

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

African American vs. Caucasian Rhinoplasty

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While it may be difficult finding a surgeon who specializes solely in the African American rhinoplasty, there are indeed many surgeons who are very experienced in performing the “ethnic rhinoplasty.” An ethnic rhinoplasty is performed on a patient who is not considered Caucasian, and may instead have a stereotypically African American, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Latino nose. Though general techniques of most rhinoplasty surgeries are very similar across the board, the specific features that are distinctive among African American patients may require a more specialized strategy and more distinctive approach to the nose job surgery. Try to look for a surgeon who advertises experience in performing the ethnic rhinoplasty and who has before-and-after pictures of past patients readily accessible.

Sam Rizk, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 79 reviews

African American Rhinoplasty Expert

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The best way of finding a qualified surgeon is by doing your research and reviewing the post operative results. The techniques that are involved in performing an African American rhinoplasty are similar to those employed for performing rhinoplasty in Asian patients.

Typically, patients want higher nasal bridge, better defined nasal tip, and narrower nostrils. Although synthetic implants can be used for dorsal augmentation, I recommend using living tissue from your own body, such as cartilage from the septum, ear, or rib. No matter the technique used, the goal should be a natural result which fits the patient.

Maurice M. Khosh, MD
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon

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.

C. Spencer Cochran, MD
Dallas Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 149 reviews

African American Rhinoplasty

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There is not an isolated African American Rhinoplasty Specialist in the country, that is a surgeon whose entire practice is 100% African American rhinoplasties to my knowledge. However, there are surgeons whose focus is on rhinoplasty with many patients who are African American. African American noses comprise a wide range in variety due to anatomic variations in skin thicknesses, cartilage thickness, and alar base shape/widths, so you would want a surgeon with a large skill set to be able to use the best technique for your nose.

There are no rude questions to ask during your consultation so you should feel comfortable asking away. Some other questions to ask would be how many African American Rhinoplasty procedures have you performed, can I see before/after photographs, how do scars look after rhinoplasty, etc?

Anil R. Shah, MD
Chicago Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 181 reviews

Specialize in AA rhinoplasty

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I have for the past 20 yrs. The approach is very different. Most patients don't want to look Caucasian. They want refinement and better balance.

Dr G

Anthony C. Griffin, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon

African- American Rhinoplasty Specialist

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There certainly are facial plastic surgeons who have more experience than others with American- American Rhinoplasty (or any kind of ethnic rhinoplasty). Ways to find out are to ask to see before and after photos during your consultation of patients with a similar ethnic background. It is certainly never rude to ask- you are simply doing your due diligence and research to find a surgeon who is an expert in ethnic rhinoplasty. We love Toronto for its rich, cultural and ethnic diversity and see that in the make up of our patients as well.

Cory Torgerson, MD, PhD, FRCSC
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.7 out of 5 stars 170 reviews

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
4.9 out of 5 stars 36 reviews

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