Rhinoplasty (nose surgery) is the most commonly performed facial procedure in plastic surgery. Recent statistics indicate that more than twenty percent of those procedures are performed on ethnic minorities. With ethnic rhinoplasty, Dr. Banthia endeavors to enhance the appearance of the patient’s nose without erasing specific ethnic facial traits. While every nose surgery requires both technical and artistic skills, working with ethnicities goes a step further as the doctor must also respect and maintain the patient’s heritage. Contact Murrieta Facial Plastic Surgery today for a consultation regarding African American nose surgery.

How is nose surgery performed on an African American patient?

The goals of nose surgery for African Americans are the same as other patients — to improve the appearance and proportion of your nose, enhance facial harmony, and boost your self-confidence. It can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural issues of the nose. Incision lines are carefully hidden inside the nose or across the columella (which separates the nostrils). Through the incision, the soft tissues that cover the nose are gently raised, allowing Dr. Banthia to reshape the nose’s structure. The doctor is well-versed in African American Rhinoplasty as well as the concerns of keloids and keloiding. Your particular situation and concerns will be discussed during your consultation.

What benefits can an African American expect from nose surgery?

While it is impractical, and somewhat culturally insensitive, to try to characterize the features of a given ethnic group, several nasal and facial similarities are commonly associated with African American people. Dr. Banthia’s treatment plan may include augmenting the bridge of the nose, narrowing the nostrils, and sculpting the nasal tip with cartilage grafts. During the initial consultation, the doctor will truly listen to what results you are looking for and recommend treatment options that you may choose from.

As an African American, am I a good candidate for nose surgery?

The criteria for rhinoplasty are the same for all patients. The procedure may be performed any time after facial growth has been completed (generally age 16-17). You are a good candidate for nose surgery if:
• You are physically healthy and a non-smoker
• You have specific, but realistic goals in mind for the procedure

African American rhinoplasty requires a high degree of understanding and care for a new nose to look natural and remain compatible with the patient’s face. Dr. Banthia recognizes the intricacies of ethnic identity and can improve the appearance of your nose while maintaining African American facial traits. Call Murrieta Facial Plastic Surgery at (951) 227-7772 today for an initial consultation and specific information about what nose surgery can do for you.