Ethnic Rhinoplasty

With such a diverse population, there are plenty of women and men in San Diego seeking rhinoplasty (nose surgery) who want to improve the shape of their nose but still want to look natural and retain their ethnic traits. There is no standard ideal of what a nose should look like, and Dr. Richard Chaffoo has found that a "Western" sense of proportion and beauty certainly does not suit every patient. He believes it is critical to tailor the nose to fit each individual patient.

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Different ethnicities have specific features that are unique, and enhancing the nose to be in harmony with these features is essential. Finding a surgeon who can take into consideration your face as a whole and provide balance is important for beautiful and natural results. Triple board certified plastic surgeon Richard Chaffoo, MD, FACS, FICS is that specialist. To learn more about revision rhinoplasty in San Diego, request your complimentary cosmetic consultation online or call (858) 997-0096 for an appointment.

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Triple board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Richard Chaffoo provides exceptional results and patient care.

  • Your Ethnic Rhinoplasty

    For rhinoplasty patients in San Diego, having a nose that fits their face shape and compliments their other features is one of the most important aspects of nose surgery. Each ethnicity has distinct characteristics that are unique, and preserving that individuality is important to Dr. Chaffoo.

    Whether you are of African American, Mediterranean, Asian or Hispanic heritage, Dr. Chaffoo can help you achieve the nose you desire. Similar to other nose surgery procedures, ethnic rhinoplasty performed by Dr. Chaffoo involves reshaping or removing the cartilage and bone underneath the skin. It is also possible to augment the nose and add cartilage grafts to enhance the appearance of the nose.

    People of different ethnicities often have common concerns about their noses. Dr. Chaffoo is experienced in revising noses of all shapes and sizes, and he works with you to help achieve your cosmetic goals. If you have questions about the procedure not answered here, please visit our Rhinoplasty FAQ.

    African American Rhinoplasty

    For African American patients, typically the shape is altered by either augmenting the nose or addressing the tip or bridge. Common characteristics of African American noses are a low bridge and a wide tip. In African Americans, reducing the size of the nose (and more specifically, the tip) too much can provide unnatural results. Usually patients opt to augment the bridge, to provide more balance to the face.

    Asian Rhinoplasty

    Similar to African American patients, individuals of Asian heritage often have a low bridge. The goal of many Asian rhinoplasty patients is to build up the bridge and tip of their noses. It is also possible to improve "flared" nostrils. Like African American patients, it is important not to make the nose look too "operated on" or overdone.

    Hispanic Rhinoplasty

    In Hispanic women and men, the bridge of the nose is typically wide. Also, it is common to find weaker cartilage and an underprojected tip. Bridge reduction and tip modification are popular goals for Hispanic patients. Similar to Asian noses, Hispanic rhinoplasty shares many of the same features and surgical goals.

    Mediterranean Rhinoplasty

    The Mediterranean nose is typically characterized by a hump in the bridge of the nose as well as a tip that faces downward. Many patients of Mediterranean descent want to reduce or do away with that hump altogether. Doing so completely may take away some of the patient's ethnic identity, so it is important that the patient takes into consideration how important this is to them.

    Ethnic Rhinoplasty Results

    No two people of the same ethnicity share the exact same characteristics. Having a surgeon who understands that and sees you for the person you are can help provide results that will appear natural yet still display your heritage. Dr. Chaffoo looks forward to providing a unique surgical plan for your nose surgery.