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Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Houston, TX

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What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

While many people of various backgrounds wish to enhance and transform their nose, just as many of these same patients want to hold on to their ethnic heritage. If this is the case, then ethnic rhinoplasty is the way to satisfy these complementary goals. Using proven skill and experience, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Anthony E. Brissett, can repair a nose to a patient’s liking, while also keeping in mind the patient’s unique ethnic background. These surgeries require an extra level of finesse that Dr. Brissett has utilized countless times to help a patient’s aesthetic dreams become a reality.

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Who is a Candidate for ETHNIC RHINOPLASTY?

The best candidates for ethnic rhinoplasty:

  • Are of African American, Latino, Asian, or Middle Eastern heritage
  • Have cosmetic nose issues they want repaired
  • Have a wish to maintain ethnic identity
  • Have realistic outcomes
  • Desire a long-term solution
  • Desire a natural look

What to Expect during ETHNIC RHINOPLASTY

Since ethnic rhinoplasty involves special consideration to an ethnic background, along with performing an already complex surgery (rhinoplasty), extra care is taken to provide desired aesthetic outcomes with natural, realistic results. Since the nasal structures vary from ethnicity to ethnicity, specialized techniques will be used for different groups.

African American

With African American noses, increased width and lack of definition and projection are usually the main concerns that are addressed. During surgery, the plastic surgeon will often work to build the dorsal (bridge) height, increase the nasal tissue framework, as well as provide more nasal tip definition and reducing the alar base (narrowing nostrils). The main challenge is getting through the thick skin (skin envelope) to accomplish these goals.


With Latino noses, the plastic surgeon will often work to narrow and augment the height of the nasal dorsum (area from nasal root to tip), define and increase the projection and rotation of the nasal tip, and reduce nostril size and width. Not only is the Latino nose different from the traditional, Caucasian rhinoplasty, there’s a multitude of ethnic and regional differences in the Latino community that must be addressed with special techniques and skills.


With Asian noses, the goal is usually to augment the nose, especially the tip and bridge, since they tend to be smaller and made of shorter nasal bones. Other issues that are usually addressed during nasal surgery is a depressed bridge, wide nasal tip, thick skin, weak cartilage, and an overly rotated nasal tip. Usually grafts are needed from other body sources or synthetic materials to accomplish these goals.

Middle Eastern

Similar to reasons for Caucasian nose surgery, Middle Eastern noses can have an overly large nasal profile and tip, which need to be reduced to meet aesthetic goals. Middle Eastern noses can also appear to be droopy or have a significant bump. Extra care is taken to reduce the length and reshape the nose and smooth out the bump, while preserving a patient’s ethnic background for a softer, natural look. 

how long is recovery from ETHNIC RHINOPLASTY?

As with any rhinoplasty surgery, there is an extensive recovery process. The patient can expect pain, discomfort, swelling, and bruising after surgery. Pain medication can be used to alleviate pain. There will be multiple follow-up visits to ensure the patient is healing properly and to ensure there are no complications. For several months following surgery, the patient will notice changes in the nose. Full results can take up to 1 year to be achieved. Since every case is different, especially when it comes to different ethnic backgrounds, results will vary widely from patient to patient.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty FAQ

Will my ethnicity play a role in which surgical technique is used?
Dr. Anthony E. Brissett, being a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, understands the unique characteristics of different ethnic noses. For example, in African American patients, he focuses on enhancing the bridge and defining the nasal tip, while navigating thicker skin. In Latino rhinoplasty, Dr. Brissett often works on refining the nasal dorsum and adjusting nostril size. Each approach is tailored to preserve and honor the patient's ethnic identity.

Are there any specific challenges in performing an ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty presents unique challenges due to the diverse nasal structures among different ethnicities. For instance, Latino and Middle Eastern patients often have variations in nasal dorsum and tip that require specialized attention. Dr. Brissett's expertise in ethnic rhinoplasty ensures these challenges are met with finesse, providing natural and harmonious results that align with each patient's ethnic background and personal aesthetic goals.

What can I expect during my consultation for an ethnic rhinoplasty?
During your consultation with Dr. Brissett, the focus will be on understanding your aesthetic goals while preserving your unique ethnic features. Dr. Brissett will assess your nasal structure, discuss your expectations, and explain the customized approach he will take based on your ethnic background. This consultation is an opportunity for you to ask any questions and express any concerns you might have.

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Regardless of your ethnic background, you can still have the nose you have always wanted. Not only that, but you can proudly hold on to your heritage while enhancing your appearance. To determine if you are a candidate for ethnic rhinoplasty, we ask that you contact our office for a consultation with our experienced plastic surgeon. Call us today.

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