Each year, millions of patients schedule a consultation with a surgeon to discuss their options for improving their nose appearance. Roughly 10 – 15% of these patients are African Americans, and the percentage is rising.

Each patient’s reason for desiring nose surgery varies as noses are all individual to the person.  Some patients are not satisfied with the noses they’ve had since birth, and some progressively become dissatisfied when they notice the changes their nose appearance has taken as they get older.

Other patients experience physical trauma that has distorted their nose, and they want their original nose back. There are also patients who simply want to breathe with a clear nasal passage and good air flow.

The truth in each case is the shape and size of the nose has a significant impact on facial appearance and function. The nose is the central component of the face, and a tiny alteration can drastically improve the facial appearance.

To learn more about African American Rhinoplasty, Contact Dr. Slupchynskyj to schedule a consultation.


I am a 27-year-old, African-American female from the Midwest and I just recently had a Rhinoplasty procedure performed on February 9, 2012. I had known for a long time that I wanted to have the procedure done to correct a bump in the bridge of my nose, reduce the width of my nose, as well as to refine my down-turned nasal tip. This was an operation that I was not going to trust to just anybody, so I spent countless hours researching and looking for a surgeon who had significant experience working with African-American patients …

… To make a long story short, I would enthusiastically recommend Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj to anyone, but more specifically, if you are African-American and looking for a highly qualified surgeon, he is your man! For me, it was important to find someone who was going to do it right the first time, because you always hear these horror stories about people needing Revision Rhinoplasty Surgeries. It was well worth the effort to pursue a surgeon who may not have been the closest in proximity but delivered the results I was hoping to achieve. Dr. S. is the best! ~ W. M.


Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Many plastic surgeons attempt to capitalize on the expansion of African American rhinoplasty by promoting their practice as one specializing in ethnic rhinoplasty. They offer the term ethnic rhinoplasty as a catchall, which groups all Non-Caucasian patients, be it Middle Eastern, Indian, Hispanic, Asian or African American into one category.  This oversimplification has falsely categorized rhinoplasty into two groups, Caucasian and Non-Caucasian (ethnic).

This simple classification is problematic for two reasons:

  • It lumps all Non-Caucasians together and does not recognize the anatomic differences between non-white ethnicities.
  • It relates to cultural factors and does not recognize the individuality of each patient

Aesthetic Rhinoplasty defined with a broad brush is surgery designed to improve nose appearance while still attaining or maintaining optimal nose functions. However, to achieve both, the surgeon must have the training and the experience with the specific anatomic challenges of each patient.  For African American patients these may include:

Wide Nasal Ala

This issue is better known as flaring nostrils and is the most common concern for African American rhinoplasty patients. Traditionally, removing the nostril skin to diminish the nostril’s flare has been the common approach to reduce wide nostrils in African American rhinoplasty patients.

This simple approach, however, often leads to an operated look, and in most cases, the nostrils take on an upside down V appearance instead of the optimal curve of a natural-looking nostril. Dr. Slupchynskyj prefers to strategically reshape the entire nostril and not simply rely on skin excisions to address flaring nostrils in African American rhinoplasty patients. This technique has allowed him to achieve superior results in reforming the nostril in African American patients.

Wide Nasal Tip

By reshaping and thinning the cartilage in the lower tip, Dr. Slupchynskyj can address a wide and bulbous nasal lobule (tip).  Sometimes he grafts cartilage to help build support, structure, and definition of the nose tip.

For his African American Rhinoplasty patients, Dr. Slupchynskyj has perfected a procedure for best results, which doesn’t rely solely on cartilage grafting.  Excessive cartilage grafts can leave the nose with an unnatural appearance and may not be the right option for patients who want their nose to look natural.

Nasal Dorsum

Also known as Wide Low Hump, this complaint is when the bridge of the nose is too low, wide, or both.  Many rhinoplasty surgeons try to narrow the nose by osteotomies or to break the nose to narrow the bridge.  Dr. Slupchynskyj rarely performs a standard osteotomy in African American rhinoplasty because this often leads to an unnatural appearance by making the tip look larger because the nose is too narrow.

Dr. Slupchynskyj uses the SLUPimplant™ to address the Nasal Dorsum. He custom designs this implant for the nose of each patient. Dr. Slupchynskyj never uses laboratory manufactured implants.

Why Dr. Slupchynskyj

Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, a recognized leader in African-American Rhinoplasty, is a Dual Board Certified plastic surgeon. His work is highly specialized, focusing only on the neck, head, and face. He provides 20 years of experience, as can be seen in his extensive portfolio of African American patient before and after photos.

He is the author of Rhinoplasty for African-American Patients, featured in Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery and Revision Rhinoplasty in Ethnic Patients in Facial Plastic Surgery – each an international peer-reviewed medical journal, which reference scientific data and case studies for Facial Plastic Surgery Cases.

To learn more about African American Rhinoplasty, Contact Dr. Slupchynskyj to schedule a consultation.

African American Rhinoplasty FAQs

Who benefits from African American Rhinoplasty?

These are patients who are not happy with their nose appearance or function and are at least 15 years old. Their noses may not be in harmony and balance with the rest of their face, and they wish to correct this.

Their nose may be too short, too long, or may have a crooked, drooping or undefined tip. Or, they may have a nose with excessive width or a very flat bridge.

What are the risks of African American Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Potential risks associated with African American Rhinoplasty are excessive cartilage removal, improper implant removal, or the wrong implant used.

Although Dr. Slupchynskyj has performed thousands of African American Rhinoplasty Surgeries performed without complications, he thoroughly reviews all risks with his patients during their consultation.

Will there be much bleeding with African American Rhinoplasty? And what is nasal packing?

Dr. Slupchynskyj never uses nasal packing. However, many Plastic Surgeons do. Nasal packing is very uncomfortable for any rhinoplasty patient. Nasal packing is the use of cotton or gauze inserted into the nasal chambers to stop bleeding.

Because of his specific rhinoplasty and septoplasty techniques, Dr. Slupchynskyj patients rarely endure bleeding during surgery or recovery. Therefore, they don’t require any packing or tissue glue to abate excessive dripping or bleeding.