The facial features of every ethnicity have special traits. Asian faces are unique compared to other ethnicities, so Asians who wish to enhance the appearance of their nose or who want to improve their sleeping and breathing patterns require special surgical techniques. Cosmetic surgeons often refer to this as Asian cosmetic surgery or ethnic rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most commonly performed Asian cosmetic surgeries, with many individuals seeking augmentation rhinoplasty. The Asian nose is typically more triangular in shape from the front. The bridge is flatter, the tip of the nose is less angular and wider, and the spine is less defined and shorter. Many Asian noses might also appear more flared and larger.
At Atlanta Surgical Arts, Dr. C. Carson Huynh, MD, DMD, performs Asian rhinoplasty using either synthetic implants or autogenous cartilage. When he uses nasal implants, he inserts the material under the skin to enhance the bridge of the nose. Autogenous cartilage, however, uses your own cartilage, so Dr. Huynh must harvest tissue from another area of your body before he begins the rhinoplasty.
Implants can be made from several types of synthetic material such as silicone. One of the biggest benefits of using implants is that Dr. Huynh does not have to harvest cartilage from another area of your body, reducing the length of the procedure.
Dr. Huynh typically uses Silastic or Gore-Tex, the latter of which has proven to be a viable option for Asian rhinoplasty because of its safe track record and excellent results. The width and height of Gore-Tex implants can be adjusted according to the degree of augmentation that you want. They can also become fixed into position during the healing process, minimizing the risk of postoperative movement.
However, there are downsides to using nasal implants, such as the body reacting to them as foreign objects, which could cause an infection. Although, the risk of this is rather low when you have an Asian rhinoplasty specialist such as Dr. Huynh performing the procedure. He will ensure that your skin is the proper thickness to provide a buffer that reduces the risk of infection.
You may prefer that Dr. Huynh use autogenous cartilage for your rhinoplasty. In many Caucasian patients, the cartilage already present in the nose can be used because the septum has enough to graft the bridge. However, a majority of Asian patients lack enough septal cartilage to graft the bridge, so the tissue has to be harvested from elsewhere on their body. While ear cartilage is sometimes a viable option, costal or rib cartilage may be the only option in other cases.
Harvesting costal cartilage gives Dr. Huynh a sufficient amount of resilient cartilage to graft the bridge according to your augmentation desires. The downside to autogenous cartilage is that it typically makes the recovery process more painful and increases the length of the procedure because of the additional operation site. Despite this, it offers optimal rhinoplasty results, making it worth it in the end for most patients.
The Importance of Choosing a Qualified Surgeon
Ethnic rhinoplasty is a challenging procedure because the cartilage in Asian noses is more fragile, and the skin that lies over the top is thicker. Dr. Huynh is an Asian cosmetic surgery specialist and is one of the few surgeons who hold dual-doctorate degrees and practice facial aesthetic and maxillofacial plastic surgery in the United States. His convenient location serves residents from Atlanta, Alpharetta, Brookhaven, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Johns Creek, Marietta, Roswell and Sandy Springs, Georgia.