Two Chinese-American Sisters: One Got Double-Eyelid Surgery — the Other Sister Opted Out

Growing up as Chinese-Americans in the primarily white Bay Area of northern California during the 1990s, Jenny and Willa Jin were realized their eyelids were different. “If only you had double eyelids, it would make your eyes look bigger and you’d look better,” Willa, now 21, remembers hearing her parents and family members say.

Double-Eyelid Surgery, also known as Blepharoplasty, was a hot topic in the Jin household. Both sisters were born with monolids — an eye shape characterized by the absence of crease. When Jenny, who is now 28, was 18, their mother offered to pay for Double-Eyelid Surgery. “I definitely didn’t feel like she was pressuring me,” says Jenny. “It was more giving me the option and letting me know it would be okay if I wanted to.”

So, in the summer of 2006, just mere months before Jenny started her freshman year of college, she flew to China, where the procedure costs less. (Willa, then 11, accompanied her for moral support). The two sisters, who used to have practically identical eyes, are now separated by a delicate piece of skin. Willa, who has often been asked if she would like the surgery, too, has never felt the urge. Willa and Jenny’s story draws attention to the middle ground of family, physical alteration, and cultural pressure.

According to the sisters, Double-Eyelid Surgery is copiously embraced in Asia. “There’s less stigma around Plastic Surgery and almost none around Double-Eyelid Surgery,” says Willa. “It was encouraged by my Chinese mother and grandmother.” Things may be changing around the globe, too: According to a study conducted by the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Blepharoplasty is the second most popular Plastic Surgery procedure following Rhinoplasty (Nose Surgery) in the U.S.

Jenny’s Blepharoplasty took less than an hour and only required Local Anesthesia. “It was really freaky,” she reminisces. “Imagine being fully conscious and having your eye region numbed, but being fully aware that surgeons were essentially sewing up your eyelids.” She went home that same day with swollen eyelids. “It looked like someone punched both of my eyes,” she remarks. After a week of healing, her stitches were removed and her new double lids emerged. “I was super excited! I could do so much more with my makeup,” she recalls. “I still felt like I looked the same, just with a subtle alteration.”

Even though monolids are most frequently associated with those of Asian descent, the trait sometime appears on European and African faces, too. Many critics consider Blepharoplasty a desire to conform to Western beauty ideals. “I don’t think my mindset was that I wanted to look less Asian or more white,” Jenny says. “It was more that I thought double eyelids would enhance my face.”

Regardless, it’s hard to ignore the cultural aspect. Like natural hair, stereotypically Asian features, like monolids, aren’t considered traditionally beautiful by today’s standards, says Willa: “It plays into the Western dominance over the rest of the world, not just in beauty standards but in other ways, too. No matter what, even subconsciously, it’s still an influence.”

An understanding of sociocultural pressures has not shielded Willa from them. “I have felt a certain level of shame in my life. Everyone around me was telling me I needed to look a certain way to be beautiful,” she says. In high school, when she was first beginning to dip her toes into the makeup world, she was frustrated by the number of YouTube tutorials for women with double eyelids. “I always felt like I wasn’t the norm,” she says. Today, age and wisdom have played a role in her decision not to undergo surgery. “Over the past couple of years, I’ve become a lot more comfortable with myself,” she says. “I was born this way, so why should I try to change it?”

Jenny never regrets her own decision to go under the knife. “I had something done to positively enhance my features and it’s made me more confident,” she says. She makes the distinction, though, that surgery is not a panacea for low self-worth. “For people who feel like there’s something wrong with them, Plastic Surgery is not going to completely solve your problems,” she says. “It’s more beneficial to people who are already comfortable with themselves, but just want that extra boost.”

The question persists: How does Willa feel staring into her own sister’s double-lidded eyes from her own unaltered monolids? “At this point, I can’t remember what Jenny looked like before. I was young, I just accepted it.” At the end of the day, she continues, “It’s a personal choice. If getting Double-Eyelid Surgery makes someone feel more confident, I don’t feel like there’s anything wrong with that. Who am I to shame someone else for doing something for themselves?”

“Ethnic Facial Cosmetic Surgery is a personal choice meant to enhance one’s appearance and help increase self-confidence and self-esteem it’s not meant to make everyone resemble Caucasian individuals or look like Kim Kardashian, Brad Pitt, Justin Bieber, or Barbie.”

— Dr. Slupchynskyj

If you are a Chinese-American interested in learning more about Blepharoplasty, schedule your consultation today with Facial Cosmetic Surgeon Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, who is celebrated for helping Ethnic patients preserve their cultural identity.

Diverse Skin Care, Make-up & Hair Care Tips Online

Here are Some Great Websites for Women of Color Who Love Beauty & Fashion…

Doobop

Do drop what you’re doing and check out Doobop. With the tagline, “A Unique Voice In Beauty”, the site is providing beauty products specifically for darker skinned women and also women with textured hair.

A few things distinguishing the site from what’s out there now, include how carefully it has been curated to assure a wide variety of extremely, high-end brands. The skin care lines include celebrity favorites like Caudalie and RMS, haircare by Andre Walker, as well as Sachajuan and make-up from Becca and Damone Roberts, Iman, and Fashion Fair.

The site is the brainchild of a former L’Oreal marketing executive, and its intent is to make women from diverse backgrounds feel welcome to be involved in beauty products and their purchase at a grand level. One quote from the Refinery 29, write-up regarding the on-line store stated, “We’re no longer confined to the ethnic aisle, we’re the entire store”.

Some other interesting website highlights include the availability of on-line beauty consultations where you can fill out a form and get product recommendations or solutions for concerns like dark spots, discoloration and dryness.

There is a beauty blog on the site, which profiles successful women of color who are top shoppers at Doobop. It also offers advice and tips on skin care, make-up application etc. One recent post revealed how to get Lupita’s amazing, red carpet, make-up look. The Blog is adorably entitled, “Loud Mouth”.

Doobop has already gotten quite a bit of press with write-ups in the NY Times, The Huffington Post, Ebony and numerous others.

Beauty Is Diverse

There are typically numerous complaints and speculation surrounding the most prominent supermodel choices. We wonder why are there still so many fair skinned models dominating our views on magazine pages and during fashion week shows? We go even further to speculate on occasion that this sets a negative tone for young girls from diverse backgrounds who may define themselves poorly because they have a lack of role models who look like them and are considered by society to be “beautiful”. There is a website, www.beautyisdiverse.com, which is entirely dedicated to showcasing the talent of models from populations previously underserved by the fashion community. It takes an in-depth look at models from South America, the Caribbean, African and Asia who are making their way up through the ranks in a rapidly diversifying world of fashion and beauty.

More than just the color of a model’s skin the site also likes to profile the cultures and languages used by diverse models who now grace the pages of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar.

You can also use the site for day-to-day fashion news and celebrity and red carpet event reporting.

African – American and Ethnic Rhinoplasty by Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj

In a similar vein, The Aesthetic Institute of New York & New Jersey recognize the need to combat a “one-size-fits-all” view in Cosmetic Surgery for the face. Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj is especially experienced in ethnic face and nose structures, which can be quite different from Caucasian structures.

He has just recently published a book, now available on-line on Amazon entitled, African-American and Ethnic Rhinoplasty. You can order the book for more information and/or schedule a consultation with Dr. Slupchynskyj to ask questions and take the next steps in a procedure that is appropriate for you regardless of your ethnic origins.

Reference:
http://www.refinery29.com/2014/03/64811/online-shopping-ethnic-beauty

How Far Should I Travel for Cosmetic Surgery?

Making the decision to have Plastic Surgery should not be taken lightly. There are plenty of fluffy, happy articles online and in magazines about the wonderful benefits of looking younger and more attractive via Cosmetic Surgery procedures, but those results are only possible when clients do their homework. Choosing the best Plastic Surgeon is imperative to getting the results you desire, and that can mean traveling outside of your local area.

Here are things to consider if you are trying to determine how far you should travel for Cosmetic Surgery.

Who is the best Plastic Surgeon I can afford?

Just as with any profession, there are amazing Plastic Surgeons and there are those with a less than desirable track record. When you make the decision to have a Facelift, Rhinoplasty, or other procedures that will permanently alter the way you look, you want the most experienced and qualified Plastic Surgeon at the helm. Do your research and study credentials, their reputation and reviews, and view plenty of before and after pictures. Ask for references. Do they have a specialty? For example, Dr. Slupchynskyj is known for his revolutionary Ethnic Rhinoplasty procedures, so many of our patients travel a long ways to ensure their Ethnic Rhinoplasty or Revision Surgeries are done by the best.

If the Plastic Surgeons in your area don’t make the cut (pun intended) then make the investment to travel to a surgeon who you trust will provide the most desirable outcome. In other words, you want to travel as far as you need to in order to have your procedure(s) performed by the best Plastic Surgeon you can afford.

How long can I take off work?

Many people are concerned that traveling will cause them to miss additional work time; however, this isn’t necessarily the case. With more major procedures, such as a full Facelift or Nose Job, we recommend that patients take 7 to 10 days off anyway to allow any swelling, bruising, or discomfort to fade and to allow the stitches to heal. Being away from home can often enhance the recovery period, because you are able to fully relax, rest, and recuperate. You will need to meet with the doctor at the one week mark to ensure your incisions are healing properly. Then you are free to return home.

Many of our patients travel from other states and make this their “vacation” for the year. Their families take advantage of all there is to do and see here and New York, and our patients return home looking better, and feeling more confident, than ever before.

Understand the risks of traveling abroad.

There has been a recent trend to travel abroad for Plastic Surgery procedures. We wholeheartedly recommend that you think twice before leaving the United States to have Cosmetic Surgery. In most cases, patients go abroad for Plastic Surgery because the procedures cost considerably less money. However, they are not taking into consideration the holistic costs of your safety and well-being. The United States has some of the most stringent medical regulatory measures of any country in the world. You want to ensure someone who is fully educated, trained and qualified, and adheres to the industry standards does your surgery. Your life is literally in their hands.

Dr. S. has performed countless revision surgeries to correct shoddy work done overseas. In these cases, the clients spend considerably more money, when you take into consideration their initial expenses for travel and procedure(s), and then add them to the cost of Revision Surgery, not to mention the pain and suffering that occurs in between. When you travel outside the country for your Cosmetic procedures, you are putting yourself at risk for poor quality care before, during, and after your surgery. You are also exposed to foreign contaminants and diseases that can compromise your immune system, which will further complicate your recovery period. It is always best to find a Board Certified Surgeon in the United States who comes highly regarded.

Don’t Let Finances Keep You from Visiting the Best Plastic Surgeon Available

Never let finances get in the way of a top-notch Plastic Surgery procedure. Investing in the best possible outcome is well worth it. If finances are the only thing keeping you from having your Cosmetic Surgery procedures performed by a reputable surgeon, ask their office about financing options. Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj is one of the best Plastic Surgeons, and our office offers a variety of financing options to ensure you receive the high-quality procedures you deserve.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation, and begin making your travel plans for a Plastic Surgery procedure that will be done expertly the first time around.

When is the Best Time for Rhinoplasty?

When patients meet with us for Nose Job, AKA Rhinoplasty, consultations, they often ask us, “When is the best time to get a Rhinoplasty procedure done?” Technically, any time is fine, but we do notice that fall and late winter/early spring are when our office is the busiest. There are several reasons for this, which we will delve into here in a minute. However, if you are interested in getting a Nose Job, there is one thing we can tell you for sure: Now is the right time to do your homework, learn all about the procedure, and make appointments for consultations so you can choose the best surgeon for your procedure. 

You want your Nose Job to be a once in a lifetime event, and that means choosing an experienced Plastic Surgeon who takes a unique approach for each client, and is committed to producing a final product that is exactly right for you!

Now – onto the questions at hand: When is the best time for Rhinoplasty? Only you have the answer to that because everyone’s social calendar is different. The best way to select the right time for your Rhinoplasty is to follow these simple steps.

  • Understand the procedure and recovery. In most cases, a Nose Job will take between 1 and 3 hours, and requires a certain level of sedation. Therefore, you will need to have someone to drive you from the office to your home. Typically, any swelling or bruising will last for about 5 to 10 days. Most of our clients take a full week to ten days off work in order to recover. If you work from home, you may be able to work within 2 to 5 days, depending on how you feel. Every surgeon’s technique is different. Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj uses internal stitches, which means they aren’t visible from the outside, and he does not use nasal packing after the procedure, because his technique doesn’t cause the same amount of bleeding and swelling that is associated with other doctors’ procedures. This can greatly reduce your recovery time. Don’t forget: there are things you can do to help improve your surgical outcome and speed up your healing time. Your diet and lifestyle choices have a direct impact on how well your body heals. During your consultation, we can discuss some dietary and supplement options that will help to reduce inflammation and bruising post-surgery. The more you can do to facilitate your own healing process, the sooner you will be able to look fantastic.
  • Get out the calendar. Scan your calendar and look for a three month period with the least amount of public social engagements. Now you can begin to see why early fall and early spring are two of the most popular times for getting a Nose Job. Winter brings a flood of holiday engagements and photo opportunities. Summer is full of weddings, family and class reunions, time spent out in the sun (which is a no-no right after your surgery as your healing tissues should be out of direct sunlight as much as possible), etc. By getting your Nose Job done in the fall or early spring, your brand new nose will be all ready to show off by the time those important events arrive.
  • Count backwards. Do you have an extra special event that you want to be ready for? Are you interested in getting a nose job or other Cosmetic procedure in time for a wedding or family photo? If so, you want to note that date and count backwards a few months. That will allow you time to be completely healed and attend to any complications, should they arise, in time to look your very best for your family, friends, and the photos that will be around for decades to come.
  • How long have you wanted a Nose Job? Cosmetic Surgery is not something that should be decided on a whim or at the request of another. You should be 100% ready to make the change, and have very realistic expectations about the outcome. That being said, don’t wait too long either. If you have been staring at your reflection, day after day, wishing your nose were different, then take control of your life and make it different. Why spend more days suffering over your reflection when you can make a decision, change your nose to the way you want it, and spend every day from here on out loving what you see looking back at you?

Answering these questions will help you to learn when the best time for your Nose Job will be. We’ll be here waiting to make your transformation a reality. Feel free to contact us and make an appointment to meet Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, one of New York’s premier Plastic Surgeons. 

The Real Deal – Cosmetic Surgery in Your 30s

The best method for approaching Cosmetic Surgery is a practical one: identify a problem area, or multiple problem areas, and then create a plan to fix them. It’s as simple as that. For many of our clients, the 30s bring about the first signs of aging. Perhaps the crow’s feet around the eyes have become a more permanent feature, as are the frown lines between the eyes and on the forehead. Lips can begin to thin and since skin elasticity is linked to aging, you may even notice a slight sagging in the brow line, cheeks or jowls. If this sounds familiar, now is the time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj.

During your consultation, he can advise you regarding the Real Deal about Cosmetic Surgery procedures in your 30s. In fact, many of our younger patients are able to make an appointment for less invasive procedures, such as Botox®™ injections or Lip Augmentation, and can put off the more invasive surgeries for a few more years.

Here is a list of common Cosmetic Surgery procedures recommended in your 30s:

Rhinoplasty. If you still spend time staring at your nose in the mirror, and wishing it were different, now is the time to make the change. By the time you have hit your 30s, facial growth has been 100% complete for almost a decade. Why go another decade wishing your nose were a little fill in the blank, when you can make an appointment to get the nose you want right now? Dr. Oleh is a world-renowned Rhinoplasty Surgeon, who has revolutionized the process of Rhinoplasty using his SLUPimplant™, especially effective for Ethnic Revision Rhinoplasty procedures. During your consultation, you can see before and after pictures. Plus, you can envision exactly what you will look like using our computer imaging technology, allowing you to select the ideal nose for your facial proportions.

Botox®™ Injections. For most people in their 30s, decreased skin elasticity is just beginning to show. While a full facelift isn’t usually necessary, Botox Cosmetic®™ injections can go a long way towards restoring a renewed, youthful, and wrinkle-free face. Afraid that a Botox treatment will leave your face expressionless? Don’t be. Botox Cosmetic®™ is a brand name for a bacteria found in nature, called Botulinum Toxin Type A. This particular form of botulism partially paralyzes nerve endings, causing the creases in your forehead, brow, and face to relax. It allows your face to have a more smooth and youthful appearance, while maintaining natural muscular movement and expression. It usually requires about 24 to 72 hours for Botox Cosmetic®™ injections to take effect. Using this less invasive procedure can prevent your from having to undergo Cosmetic Surgery.

Lip Augmentation. You knew your skin would thin and our body would change as you grew older, but did you know that formerly plump lips can begin to thin out, becoming more linear than curved? This is especially true for those who have smoked in the past, or continue to smoke. Lip Augmentation can be used to inject the lips with dermal fillers that add volume and shape to thin lips. It can also help to fill in the smoking lines that form around the lips of longtime smokers.

Non-Surgical Facelift. If you are interested in more than one of our non-invasive facial enhancements, you may want to consider a Non-Surgical Facelift. This package was especially created by Dr. Slupchynskyj for women in their 30s or 40s who need a serious facial rejuvenation but aren’t quite ready for full Cosmetic Surgery procedures. It uses a combination of Botox®™,  Juvéderm™, Radiesse®™, and Restylane®™. The doctor will use these products to target the following areas:

•   Nasolabial Folds

•   Lip Augmentation

•   Marionette Lines

•   Tear Trough (Below lower eyelid, or lower eyelid hollow)

•   Nose Augmentation (Nonsurgical Rhinoplasty)

•   Liquid Facelift (Non-Surgical Facelift)

You will be amazed at the effects. Your Non-Surgical Facelift will allow you to put off more invasive Cosmetic Surgery procedures for another decade or two.

Interested in learning more about Cosmetic procedures for a youthful 30-something face?

If you would like to learn more about the Cosmetic Surgery procedures available to you, please make an appointment to speak with Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj. Together, you can create a plan to maintain a naturally youthful appearance for many decades to come.

Can Plastic Surgery Improve Athletic Performance?

When most of us think about Cosmetic Surgery procedures, we immediately jump to those procedures designed to enhance a person’s physical appearance such as Face Lifts, Breast Augmentation, or Ethnic Rhinoplasty; however, there is another aspect of Plastic Surgery that is lesser known, and that is the use of cosmetic surgical procedures to improve athletic performance.

Athletes and workout enthusiasts require certain physical abilities in order to gain the most of their workout, this includes things like the ability to efficiently transfer oxygen to the brain and muscles groups, physical comfort, and a sense of self confidence that empowers them to continue working and training harder to meet their goals. Cosmetic Surgery can enhance all of these aspects, which, in turn, with enhances their overall athletic performance.

The following are some of the ways Plastic Surgery can increase your athletic performance.

Breathe in, breathe out. Respiration is arguably the most important involuntary action our bodies perform in order to keep us alive. It allows our lungs to be filled with oxygen-rich air that is then transferred from the alveoli into your blood stream. After the oxygen has been delivered to your cells, this process is reversed in order to release the byproducts, mainly carbon monoxide, back out into the atmosphere. If your body isn’t able to take in the oxygen it needs, and release toxic carbon monoxide, your body will begin to feel the effects immediately.

For athletes, even a slight disruption in the respiratory process can be detrimental to their sport or workout routine. Often, these issues crop up in the nasal passages, where narrow passages, anatomical obstructions, or other deformities prevent the nose from being able to suck in enough air to oxygenate the blood stream. Rhinoplasty can be used to restore normal breathing functions, enhancing the oxygenation process and improving overall performance. It is also critical in correcting sleep apnea, which can prevent athletes from getting the sound sleep they need to heal and revitalize their tired muscles.

Physical comfort. When you lead a physical lifestyle, it’s critical that you are comfortable in your body. For women, large breasts can become a detriment in sports. They are cumbersome and can be difficult to adequately support, even with the use of sports bras. Larger breasts are heavy, which make it more difficult for the body to maneuver agilely and can cause neck, shoulder and back pain. They also increase a woman’s body temperature, and are more prone to injury, which can cause further physical discomfort. As such, Breast Reduction is a popular Cosmetic Surgery option for female athletes with large breasts.

Self-confidence boost. When it comes to athletic performance, there is more at work than just your physical ability. Self-confidence and a positive attitude are also important components. We often encounter patients who long to workout at the gym, or get back to their favorite athletic past times, but their insecurities about their physical appearance prevent them from working out in public.

Cosmetic Surgeries, such as Face Lifts, Nose Jobs, Liposuction and Breast Enhancement procedures, can provide a much needed self-confidence boost. We have had many patients come back and report how their lives have been transformed after finally getting the Cosmetic Surgery they had been pining for. That being said, it is important that you get Cosmetic Surgery for the right reasons. Please read our post regarding the 7 Questions to Ask When Deciding if Cosmetic Surgery is Right For You before making an appointment for a consultation.

Do You Think Plastic Surgery Would Enhance Your Athletic Performance?

If you think your athletic performance would be enhanced by Cosmetic Surgery procedures, please contact the office of Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj. In addition to being a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Manhattan, he has been recognized worldwide for his innovative procedures and inventions. These include the SLUPlift™,which is a revolutionary procedure that provides the benefits of a facelift using a less-invasive surgical procedure, and theSLUPimplant™, a nasal bridge reconstruction that is particularly beneficial in Ethnic Rhinoplasty outcomes. We look forward to using Cosmetic Surgery to help you increase your athletic performance.

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.

How Rhinoplasty Can Correct Medical Problems

Rhinoplasty, more commonly referred to as a Nose Job, is not purely a cosmetic procedure. There are a handful of instances where rhinoplasty procedures are used to correct serious medical problems, most of which are related to respiratory complications. Because these corrective surgeries are the result of a diagnosable medical condition, they are often covered by conventional medical insurance plans. 

Rhinoplasty is used to correct any anatomical nasal abnormalities, to restore healthy respiration, and will correct the nose’s appearance if it has become misshapen due to the nasal obstruction(s). Here are some of the medical problems that can be treated by Rhinoplastic Surgery.

Deviated Septum: The septum is the cartilage and bone that runs down the center of the nose, equally dividing the two nasal cavities. When this center line is even slightly angled, or deviated, it will cause one nasal passage to be larger than the other. If this deviation is great enough to significantly block a patient’s nasal passage, causing breathing complications, they are said to have a deviated septum. In addition to causing daily breathing complications, a deviated septum can also cause sleep apnea and chronic snoring, which compromises a patient’s ability to get a good night’s sleep. Individuals with a deviated septum are also more prone to sinus infections, congestion, and even nose bleeds.

Deviated septums can be caused by heredity, or can be the result of an injury or traumatic accident. Rhinoplasty can be used to restructure and/or shape this important column of bone and cartilage so that it lies at the center point of the nasal passages, and restores normal breath flow.

Overgrowth of the Turbinate Bones: The superior, middle, and inferior turbinate bones are rounded projections that run alongside the nose, down the length of the nasal cavity. Sometimes, these projections grow larger than normal, or they develop small bone growths, which begin to disrupt a patient’s ability to breath freely. Overgrown turbinates can also affect normal nasal drainage, which can cause frequent to chronic sinus problems, including sinusitis.

While overgrowth of turbinate bones can be caused by genetic factors, they are commonly the result of a broken nose. The broken bone will slowly heal itself by filling in the break. If the bone is deviated at all, or the regenerated bone material is excessive, this natural healing process can result in a nasal obstruction that needs to be corrected.

During a Rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon will remove overgrowths or projections and make any anatomical corrections necessary to restore a healthy nose anatomy.

Nasal cysts or tumors: Sometimes, excessive tissue growth results in benign sinonasal tumors. These can crop up in the nasal cavity. Similar to previous nasal obstructions we’ve discussed, these tumors can obstruct airflow and can increase a patient’s chances of getting sinus and respiratory infections. They can also become uncomfortable. There are several different types of these tumors:

  • Nasal polyps (occur in the lining)
  • Hemangioma (an overgrowth of blood vessels)
  • Inverted papilloma (a wart-like growth)
  • Fibrous dysplasia (overgrowth of bone tissue)
  • Osteoma (bony tissue tumor)
  • Angiofibroma (an overgrowth of both fibrous tissue and blood vessels)

Rhinoplasty can be used to remove these growths and repair any damage that may have occurred as their result.

Complications from previous nose job: Sometimes, complications or
excessive scarring from a previous Rhinoplasty can cause nasal
obstructions that complicate breathing. During this corrective
Rhinoplasty procedure, the doctor will repair the  post-surgical
complications while maintaining the desired nose shape.

If you suffer from a nasal complication that may require Rhinoplasty, please contact Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, and make an appointment for a consultation. He will advise you as to which Rhinoplasty procedure will be best for you.

What to Expect From Rhinoplasty Surgery

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a Nose Job, is a surgical procedure used to reshape the nose. For some clients, the procedure is used for purely cosmetic purposes such as repairing profile issues, decreasing its size, or improving the shape. In other cases, it is medically necessary in order to improve a client’s ability to breathe. 

If you are interested in Rhinoplasty, chances are you are curious about what to expect before, during, and after your surgery. This guide will help to educate you, and prepare you for your procedure. It can also bring up important questions or concerns you can discuss with the surgeon during your private consultation.

Step One: The Initial Consultation

The first step in getting a new nose is having a face-to-face, private consultation with the doctor. In addition to listening to your concerns, Dr. Slupchynskyj will take face measurements, ask questions about your medical history, and take photos that will be used as a reference. This will give you an opportunity to get to know the doctor better, and decide the size and shape of the nose best suited for your natural face proportions. You may also be instructed regarding pre-surgical recommendations, including medications and supplements that should be avoided prior to surgery in order to reduce the chances of complications. If you are a smoker, we recommend you cease smoking for at least two weeks prior to surgery to reduce your chances of surgical complications and to facilitate your healing process.

Step Two: The Rhinoplasty Procedure

Depending on the results of your consultation, you will receive local anesthesia in order to keep you comfortable during the surgery. Once you are fully sedated, the doctor will begin making an incision to access the nose cartilage and bone. In most cases, these incisions are made on the inside of the nose to hide the scarring.At this point, the doctor will remove excess bone and/or cartilage, or he may need to add tissue, in order to build the nose according to your specifications. He may use tissue from your body or synthetic filler material, to complete the contouring.If you have a deviated septum, it will be corrected during this phase. Your nose will be straightened and the surgeon will reduce projections that obstruct your breathing. A nasal “cast” may be applied over the nose.  This helps to protect and also retain the nose’s new shape as it heals and are usually only necessary for the first week.

Step 3: Recovering With Your New Nose

It is completely normal to experience a little discomfort for the first few days. Some patients experience minor swelling and bruising in the upper face, yet some do not. Swelling begins to resolve after the first three days and even moreso after the first week to two weeks.  

We recommend that you keep your head elevated, and as still as possible, for the first several days. You should not participate in strenuous activities for several weeks. Healing is a complex process, so it can take up to a year before your nose will be completely restored to its new, permanent shape.

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