Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Different ethnicities give people different physical attributes. These include skin tones, thick/thin skin, coarse or fine hair and the differences in ear lobes amongst many other features. Perhaps the most striking feature that draws the most attention is an ethnic nose. It is the number one reason that a large number of different ethnicities are seeking rhinoplasty, all for the better!

According to a recent study carried out by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, ethnic rhinoplasty comprised of around 21 percent of all the cosmetic procedures carried out in the year 2011.

Read on to get an accurate idea of what ethnic rhinoplasty is all about and how you can look and breathe better with the help of this surgery.

Rhinoplasty- The Primary Objective

The ultimate goal of ethnic rhinoplast is achieving facial symmetry and harmony which is immensely appealing to look at. In this procedure, the dimensions of the nose are accurately measured and their proportion to the total height of the patient’s face is measured. Other factors that are kept in mind are:

  • Width of the mouth
  • Mandibular height
  • Width of the face

The Distinctive Features of the Ethnic Nose

As an example, African-Americans have a nose structure that is very different from that of other races. These are a collective function of the skeletal as well as the musculoskeletal structure of the nose. The degree of thickness of subcutaneous fat also contributes to the structure of the ethnic nose.

After having a look at the ethnic nose, you will notice the need of harmony at the base of the nose in the upper jaw and along the nasal bridge. Careful attention should also be paid to the small furrow just adjacent to the upper border of the upper eyelid in the structure of the tarsal cartilage.

Skin Thickness 

The thickness of the ethnic nose is also a challenge for the cosmetic surgeon. There is a layer of fat just under the thick skin of the ethnic nose which is strongly bound to the underlying tissue. Various anatomical structures such as the sebaceous glands are also present in this layer of skin. While reconstructing the ethnic nose, the cosmetic surgeon has to be wary of all these structures and be sure not to harm any of these during the process of remodelling.

How is ethnic rhinoplasty changing the lives of many patients across the world?

Ethnic rhinoplasty gives the chance to everyone to change the appearance of their nose if they are not happy with it. Aside form the cosmetic aspect of the surgery, the total reconstruction of the nose has helped many patients in being able to breathe better by correcting disturbing situations such as a deviated septum.

At the end of the procedure, you will notice that the following features of your ethnic nose have been corrected:

  • Flaring nostrils
  • Depressed nose bridge
  • Expanded structure of the nose
  • Rounded tip of nose
  • Enhanced nasal dorsum

This surgery includes different ethnicities such as: African-Americans, Latino, Hispanic, Philippine and Chinese individuals and many others.

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Is Plastic Surgery Only For The Rich?  

Even if you’re not one to keep an eye on magazines you’ll know that celebrity surgeries is a topic that is always popular. There is constant debate over whether Ashley Tisdale’s nose job looks great or how well Sylvester Stallone’s forehead lift was done.

As these glittery confessions are laid out in glamour mags, it’s easy to fall under the assumption that only the rich and famous can get plastic surgery. Today we’re going to debunk that myth!

 What the Numbers Say

If you’ve been considering cosmetic surgery but have been worried that it will take a chunk out of your bank account; think again. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons revealed 15,116,353 cosmetic surgeries took place within the USA in one year. This astounding number shows that more and more individuals are opting for cosmetic surgical procedures as the social stigma around the topic is dissipating.

Another study by the ASPS revealed that 30% of the individuals opting for cosmetic surgeries had an annual income of less than $30,000 while 41% earned less than $90,000 annually.

Why the Increase?

There has always been this belief that cosmetic procedures are best reserved for the famous who make a living based on the way they look. As this perception is changing, people are looking to improve their appearance by undergoing effective and affordable procedures.

Another reason for the increase lies behind the changing behaviour of plastic surgeons. As they begin to understand the financial limitations of patients, efforts are being made in order to accommodate them. Many cosmetic surgeons even provide free consultations to patients who are curious about procedures and their costs.

Non-Invasive Methods

Not only is plastic surgery becoming more affordable for the layman, it is also evolving. While celebrities may have the luxury of taking a month or two off after a major cosmetic surgery, not all of us have the time to take out from our commitments and responsibilities. That however doesn’t mean that you should have to forego it simply due to the lack of time. Luckily, cosmetic surgical procedures have evolved to bring to the market non-invasive methods of plastic surgery. More and more people are opting for procedures like Botox to give them a better appearance.

Not only are these procedures cheaper than invasive ones, they also don’t require the patient to dedicate much time to the procedure or recovery. These procedures are perfect for busy individuals looking for a quick, effective, and affordable solution. In fact the numbers show that 13,447,933 of the cosmetic surgical procedures last year were minimally invasive. This number accounts for more than 89% of the total surgical procedures.

The common perception that plastic surgery is only for the rich is changing rapidly. More and more people are now opting for cosmetic procedures, which are not as expensive as they used to be due to the advances in technology. As technology evolves, the risks associated with many procedures have been minimized. It is part of human nature to try to achieve perfection with the help of every available tool. Therefore, cosmetic surgery is becoming more socially acceptable, and will only gain more popularity with time.

Rational Rhinoplasty with Dr. Robert Guida

Rational Rhinoplasty with Dr. Robert Guida from About Themselves on Vimeo.

When meeting with Dr. Guida, we knew that we wanted to highlight his artistic approach to cosmetic surgery as well as his extreme technical skill. Through the course of our interview, we discovered that he is an accomplished classical pianist. We proposed a performance by Dr. Guida as a way to illustrate a compelling story about the evolution from technical mastery to true artistry. Dr. Guida skeptically agreed to the proposal and choose Gnossienne No.1 by Erik Satie (a piece that is considered quite difficult) to perform for our shoot. We had never heard Dr. Guida play piano before and he kept insisting that he “wasn’t very good”. We were nervous, but we showed up at the doctor’s home prepared to film him playing piano. Watch the video to see how it turned out.

Dr. Robert Guida is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon who has been practicing cosmetic surgery in New York City since 1990. Dr. Guida specializes in Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, Nasal Reconstruction, Blepharoplasty, Facial Reconstruction and other facial plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Guida is considered an expert in his field for his command of innovative plastic surgery techniques and the natural looking results he achieves for patients. He has expressed a firm belief that any cosmetic surgery procedure should reflect the patient’s individuality. By achieving excellence as a physician and a craftsman, Dr. Guida’s patients have the benefit of not just his technical expertise, but also his artistic sense.

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