For many African Americans, rhinoplasty can be a sensitive subject. It’s one of the most personal procedures when it comes to facial alteration and plastic surgery, but thankfully much of the controversy that used to surround African American rhinoplasty has dissipated to the point where it’s now widely accepted.
How does it work, though? If you’re considering this kind of rhinoplasty, you need to know everything you can about it, from the procedure itself to how to find the right doctor to do it.
Appearance-wise, it’s all about balance and symmetry. The most common changes involve narrowing the nose, changing, and adding to the nasal structure, and addressing issues that involve width.
There are many possible changes that go with this kind of surgery. These include widening or lowering the bridge, thickening the skin, softening the cartilage, shortening the nasal tip, adding to the nasal flare, and adding variability to the shape of the nostril itself.
A comprehensive approach to African American rhinoplasty is best, and recovery must be addressed as well. It’s important to have a rapport with the doctor and to find someone with extensive experience in this kind of procedure.
When it comes to technique, the details depend on the surgeon, of course, but there are common elements. The nasal tip is typically an important element of the procedure, with the goal being to eliminate any excess fatty tissue. Both excision and augmentation may be involved, and cartilage definition is often addressed as well.
The nasal bridge is also often addressed during a rhinoplasty procedure. Many times the goal is to narrow the bridge to create facial symmetry, and cartilage grafts may be used.
There are potential complications to be aware of, though. Incisions must be closed carefully to avoid the formation of scars and keloid formation.
Postoperative edema is not uncommon, and this can last for months in some patients. In addition, there may be some asymmetry after the procedure, and reworking the nasal tip can lead to vascular issues that may have to be dealt with by using debulking as a secondary procedure.
There are also subtleties in this kind of procedure that must be carefully considered. As a group, African Americans can be divided into three groups—African, Afro-Indian, and Afro-Caucasian.
There are subtle differences in the facial features that must be understood by your doctor to have success, and there are many procedures, from dorsal augmentation to using cartilage techniques to refine the nasal tip to meet your needs and requirements. All of these things will play into the recovery, too, so be careful to ask the right questions when you find out about this kind of surgery and the care you’ll need when it’s finished.