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Asian Rhinoplasty in Las Vegas, NV

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About Asian Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is often noted by surgeons to be one of the most difficult procedures to perform well. An excellent result in rhinoplasty requires a keen aesthetic eye and a detail-oriented approach in order to achieve a beautiful nose. Plastic surgeon Dr. Chris Costa at Platinum Plastic Surgery has an extensive passion and interest in Asian rhinoplasty and understands the unique traits that make an Asian nose different.

An Asian nose is very different from a Caucasian nose. The focus of most Asian patients is a desire to build up the bridge of the nose and narrow the base. Additionally, the Asian nose often lacks a significant amount of cartilage and, therefore, care must be taken during surgical harvest and redefinition of the nose. It is a procedure that helps to bring balance and symmetry to the overall appearance of your face. Dr. Costa will pay special attention to your unique traits and maintain your distinct ethnicity while also making adjustments to the cartilage, skin, and bone of your nose for a softer, more natural appearance. Dr. Costa is passionate about the unique and subtle differences of rhinoplasty and will work with you to ensure your needs and goals are understood. This procedure may also help if you are having issues breathing due to a deviated septum or other related problems. A rhinoplasty may be the ideal treatment if you're looking to enhance your ability to breath along with improving the appearance of your nose. We encourage you to call our office in the Las Vegas, NV area today to find out more about Asian nose surgery.

anatomy of Asian rhinoplasty

There are several aspects of the Asian nose that differ from a traditional Caucasian nose, which make the procedure of Asian rhinoplasty unique.  

Shape: The Asian nose tends to be less projected and flatter over the dorsum (bridge) of the nose which bothers many people who wish to have a more defined nose. The tip of the Asian nose is usually wider and bulbous and lacks definition. The nostrils tend to be more prone to flaring and the base of the nose is often too wide and out of proportion to the rest of the face.  

Skin: The skin of the Asian nose tends to be thicker and more sebaceous. This thickened skin can cause the tip of the nose to appear more bulbous or boxy and the skin itself more prone to scarring or scar contracture at the incision site.  

Cartilage: The nasal cartilage is the intrinsic framework that shapes the outward appearance of the nose. Asian cartilage tends to be less abundant and softer than in other ethnicities, thus causing the tip of the nose to be less defined and under-projected.   

Bones: The nasal bones tend to sit more obliquely, which causes a wide nasal vault that is de-projected off the face. This can contribute to breathing problems, which may be improved by rhinoplasty. 

Surgical Technique

Nose surgery is very personalized and tailored to your needs and goals. You will first consult with Dr. Costa to determine your goals and desires before deciding on the appropriate technique. Dr. Costa will use 3D imaging technology to simulate a natural result that you can expect to achieve with surgery. The surgery will be performed at an outpatient surgery center under general anesthesia. Asian rhinoplasty will often require an open technique, which is a tiny incision that is hidden on the undersurface of the columella to access the underlying structures of the nose. 

Often due to a lack of cartilage, other sources for cartilage may be needed. Dr. Costa prefers to use your tissue and will discuss what options will provide enough support for your nose. Cartilage may be harvested from your rib or ear to gain enough strength to structure the nose to the desired shape. Cartilage grafts can also be used from other sources to rebuild the nose and increase projection along the bridge and tip. In patients with a wide nasal base, a small incision hidden in the groove between the nose and the cheek (alar groove) is made in order to narrow the base of the nose. Dr. Costa does not use any foreign objects for implants or grafts in the nose, such as silicone or Gortex. These implants can puncture the skin over time or shift and deform the nose. In rare instances, they become infected and can have devastating consequences. Although popular in other countries, many of these implants will need to be revised or removed over time.  

What to Expect

 This procedure will be performed using general anesthesia as an outpatient treatment, so you can return home the same day after being cleared by Dr. Costa. After your procedure, you should go home to rest. You may have a splint on the outside of your nose or in your nostril in order to hold the shape of the nose while it heals. Rhinoplasty is not considered to be a very painful procedure by most patients, but you should expect some bruising, and discomfort for the first few days as you begin to heal. You will see back Dr. Costa within one week of surgery to remove your stitches and any splints on your nose. At this time, your breathing should be immediately improved and will continue to get better with time. Each case will be different in terms of results and how long it will take to reach your final outcome, but generally speaking, about 75% of the swelling will be gone after four months from surgery. The last 25% of swelling can take anywhere from 1 – 2 years to completely resolve to see your final outcome, but you can enjoy your newly shaped nose for years to come. This procedure can also be combined with a chin augmentation or injectable fillers to improve results and create more facial harmony.

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Improved Facial Harmony

A rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure because it can balance out your facial features and create a more symmetrical look. An Asian rhinoplasty performed by Dr. Costa is able to preserve your unique character traits that are specific to your heritage while also bringing about facial harmony and giving you the nose shape that is more proportional to your overall features. Dr. Costa will work with you to create a completely custom treatment plan and tailor his surgical technique to help you meet your aesthetic goals and desires. If you wish to improve the function and appearance of your nose, then we invite you to contact Platinum Plastic Surgery in the Las Vegas, NV area for a consultation.

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