Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Houston boasts one of the most diverse populations in the United States, and double board-certified plastic surgeon Azul Jaffer, MD, has been at the forefront of ethnic rhinoplasty. In most cases, “ethnic” refers to individuals of Hispanic, Asian, African-American, or Middle Eastern descent seeking cosmetic or functional rhinoplasty. This specialized nose reshaping procedure considers the unique nature of noses across ethnicities. Depending on a patient’s desired outcome, Dr. Jaffer can help them achieve their goals in a manner that is harmonious with their ethnic identity.

Respecting Ethnic Identity

For decades, most plastic surgeons didn’t distinguish between rhinoplasty patients of Caucasian descent and other ethnicities. The result was that most rhinoplasty procedures resulted in a Caucasian-style nose, which can look very unnatural on a person of color.

Dr. Jaffer has always communicated openly with each patient, listening closely and providing his professional guidance to deliver the results they love. Ethnic rhinoplasty requires natural artistry and surgical expertise, areas in which Dr. Jaffer is the most qualified Houston plastic surgeon.

If you’re African-American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, or Asian, and you are considering a nose job, you deserve to work with a plastic surgeon with the experience and talent to achieve beautiful, natural results.

Azul Plastic Surgery is committed to helping you achieve the best possible outcome from ethnic rhinoplasty procedures. Located in Sugar Land, we serve clients throughout the greater Houston area. We also have many clients from outside the area owing to Dr. Jaffer’s excellent reputation.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty FAQ

Who is a candidate for Ethnic Rhinoplasty (nose job) surgery?

Just like standard rhinoplasty, ethnic rhinoplasty can be performed to address aesthetic concerns and/or respiratory issues. The primary difference is that ethnic rhinoplasty is adapted to best work with the unique character and structure of noses from around the world. In our practice, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Asian, and African-American patients make up the more significant part of ethnic rhinoplasty procedures, but in reality, we can achieve optimal rhinoplasty outcomes for a person from any ethnic or mixed background.

What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty surgery and recovery like?

Ethnic rhinoplasty procedure is done on an outpatient basis under  Monitored Anesthesia Care (MAC).

STANDARD RHINOPLASTY: Incisions are made inside the nostrils. The nasal bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped to improve the external contour.

OPEN RHINOPLASTY: Frequently used for difficult or more prominent noses. Involves one external incision across the columella (strut between the nostrils). Bones, cartilage, and soft tissues are reshaped under direct vision.

TIP-PLASTY: If only the nasal tip is abnormal, it may be corrected with either a standard or external (open) approach.

Large nostrils may be reduced through tiny incisions at the outer base of the nostrils with either type of rhinoplasty.

After rhinoplasty, a patient goes home with an external cast or splint in place. The nose may be packed for 24-48 hours. The cast or splint is usually removed in 7-10 days. Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication. The majority of swelling and bruising subsides progressively over 2-4 weeks. External sutures (if any) are removed in 4-6 days. Internal sutures dissolve. The semifinal result is evident in 3 months. The final result is evident in 12-14 months.

Additional procedures that may enhance the result are chin augmentation and cheek augmentation. Correcting a deviated septum (Septoplasty) may also be appropriate if you need to improve your breathing.

Does insurance cover this type of Rhinoplasty procedure?

Insurance will not cover this cosmetic procedure. We offer several easy plastic surgery financing options, including those from Alphaeon, Prosper, CareCredit, and PatientFi.

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