Why African-American Patients Are Choosing Rhinoplasty

Regardless of your race, your nose is the centerpiece of your face. A nose that is wider, longer, more round, or generally larger in proportion with the rest of your features, can make you feel self-conscious. As such, people of all races spend inordinate amounts of time, staring in the mirror wishing that things could be a little different. For African Americans, the most common wish is for their nose to be slightly longer and more angular than the one they have. In fact, out of the most common cosmetic surgical procedures, including Face Lifts, Rhinoplasty (Cosmetic Surgery to correct the nose) Brow Lifts, and Chin Augmentation, 65 percent of African Americans choose Ethnic Rhinoplasty as their cosmetic procedure of choice. In addition to providing a more balanced facial proportion, African American Rhinoplasty increases self-confidence and can improve breathing performance.

African-American Rhinoplasty is One of the Most Popular Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

Ethnic Rhinoplasty has come a long way over the past few decades. It used to be that plastic surgeons applied the same techniques to their African American patients as they did for their Caucasian counterparts. This resulted in noses that did not match the patients’ facial profiles, and often resulted in complications that required multiple revision surgeries. Rather than making a patient’s nose look more “white,” Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj customizes his Ethnic Rhinoplasty procedure so that an Ethnic or African American patient can change the things they don’t like about their nose, without sacrificing any of their unique, ethnic identity or features. In fact, he invented the revolutionary SLUPimplant™ for that very reason.

There are five typical reasons why African-American Rhinoplasty is such a popular choice:

  1. Refine the tip. It is common for some ethnic and African American noses to have a more broad, or “bulbous” tip. If this is the case for a patient, the procedure will focus on refining the tip, which could also include an extension of the bridge, to create a nose that is slightly more refined, but still retains its own personality.
  2. Narrow or elevate the nasal bridge. The nasal bridge is the portion of the nose that extends from the forehead to the tip of the nose. In ethnic and some African American clients, this portion of the nose can be shorter, which creates a more flattened aesthetic. By elevating and narrowing the bridge of the nose, patients are able to decrease the shape of their nose and often improve breathing performance as well.
  3. Shorten the length of the nasal bridge. Conversely, a patient’s nose may have a nasal bridge that seems excessively long for the rest of their facial proportions, in which case. Dr. Slupchynskyj can shorten the bridge and alter any other contours that need to be corrected.
  4. Resizing the nostrils. It is common for the nostrils to be resized as part of the above procedures in order for the new nose to be in proportion, as well as with surrounding facial features. In most cases, we are able to resize the nostrils in relationship to the smaller nostril, rather than the other way around.
  5. Correct miscellaneous imperfections. Other typical nasal imperfections, such as a crooked or off-center nose, or bumps along the nasal bridge, can be corrected during the procedure for a more even, balanced, and smooth profile.

It is important that patients interested in Ethnic and African American Rhinoplasty choose a plastic surgeon who is experienced in Ethnic Rhinoplasty and has a high success rate with a history of satisfied clients. This procedure can be tricky for more general plastic surgeons. African American Rhinoplasty can be more challenging as the patients’ noses often have thicker skin, excess fatty tissue and poor supporting cartilages.

The Majority of Patients who Undergo African American Rhinoplasty an Increase in Self Esteem

In a review of 75 patients who have undergone Ethnic Nasal Rhinoplasty, 90 percent felt their new nose was in harmony with the rest of their facial features. When asked whether or not the results of their surgery met their expectations, 98 percent said yes, and 95 percent of the patients agreed that their self-esteem was average or above average following their Rhinoplasty procedure. The combination of nasal implants, and revisions to nasal imperfections, result in a new nose that is in proportion with surrounding facial features, maintains the unique ethnic aesthetic of each patient, improves any existing breathing difficulties, and increases self-esteem.

If you are interested in learning more about ethnic and African American Rhinoplasty during a consultation with Dr. Slupchynskyj, please contact our office. You will have the opportunity to see a wide variety of before and after pictures, express your concerns, and can have all of your questions answered. You can also take advantage of our computer imaging technology so you can see what you will look like with various Rhinoplasty corrections.

The Benefits of Ethnic Revision Rhinoplasty

Primary, Ethnic Revision Rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging and difficult procedures a Facial Plastic Surgeon can perform in Cosmetic Surgery. Ethic noses typically have excessive fatty tissue in the tip of the nose, poor supporting cartilages and thick skin. All of these attributes make it much harder to get good results as opposed to Caucasian noses. Revision Ethnic Rhinoplasty is even more challenging and can yield only marginal improvements.

Rhinoplasty for African American Patients, A Retrospective Review of 75 Cases, written by Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD; Marzena Gieniusz, BA, 75 patients treated in 2008 and their rate of satisfaction and self-esteem are discussed.

The average national complication rate for an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgeon is about 1% to 2%. That means that a Surgeon must revise 1% to 2 % of his/her Rhinoplasty cases, whether it is a minor or major revision.

Complications, which lead to Ethnic Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery, include:

1) Poor implant placement and/or selection.
2) Improper reduction of nostril width.
3) Poor surgical planning and approach to the African American nose.

How do you, the patient, ensure having to undergo Ethnic Rhinoplasty (Revision Rhinoplasty) Surgery a second, and sometimes even a third time?

The first most important step is securing a Facial Plastic Surgeon with training specific to the face and nose, versus a General Surgeon whose training includes the entire body. Second and just as important, the Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgeon must have experience and proven results performing not only Primary, but also Revision Rhinoplasty on African American and Ethnic noses. Third, the surgeon needs to be able to work with you towards your desired result. Make sure your first consultation includes the following:

1) Computer imaging of the nose is absolutely essential to pre-operative planning and will show you an excellent and realistic approximation of your desired results. This process reinforces the doctor/patient understanding of expected results.

2) See actual before and after photos of the surgeon’s patients who have undergone Rhinoplasty and if possible, have results that you like and are similar.

3) Obtain references from patients who have undergone the same procedure. Speak to three and at the very least two, to get several opinions.

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