Rhinoplasty is probably one of the most challenging procedures that we do as plastic surgeons and for the users of the site, we may urge them to research their plastic surgery very thoroughly and be sure that they see many, many before and after pictures. We want them to seek plastic surgeons who are experienced in rhinoplasty who have a special interest in it. Now, a subset of primary rhinoplasty is the ethnic nose and the ethnic nose has a little bit different challenge. The bones and the cartilage present a more taxing challenge for us to address. Remember the nose is made of skin, bone, and cartilage and as surgeons we can manipulate and treat the cartilage and the bone and to some degree the subcutaneous tissue but we have very, very little control over the skin and the skin thickness is going to be what will determine the final result so ethnic noses sometimes need a little addition. There's multiple sources of addition. There are different types of bone in the cartilage that we can use to put in there. Silicone implants are becoming more popular and even AlloDerm to some degree can be used to augment the nose. The fundamental principle of the ethnic nose is augmentation rather than reduction.
What Makes Ethnic Rhinoplasty a "More Taxing Challenge?"
Dr. Thomas Trevisani explains the nuances of ethnic rhinoplasties and why it's important to find a plastic surgeon with plenty of experience.