Ethnic Rhinoplasty in San Jose With Aesthetx
Your ethnicity is a core aspect of your unique beauty. Your heritage shines in the shape and color of your eyes, the form of your lips and nose, and the tone of your skin. Plastic surgery can enhance your natural beauty, but only if it doesn’t disrupt the special balance and harmony of your ethnic features. Ethnic rhinoplasty is an approach to cosmetic nose surgery that respects differences in facial aesthetics among people of different national and racial backgrounds. Instead of applying a single standard of beauty to achieve a uniform “Western” or “American” nose, ethnic rhinoplasty customizes the procedure to bring out the best in your face.
At Aesthetx, we approach all rhinoplasty procedures in a customized way. With our non-Caucasian patients, we take special care to plan the changes in your nose to subtly enhance the natural features of your face. We approach each procedure with meticulous planning, an appreciation for the diverse aesthetics of beauty, and an understanding of balance and proportion. With decades of practice, and using the most advanced surgical techniques, we achieve natural-looking and attractive results for each of our patients.
Dr. Laurence Berkowitz has chosen to use his knowledge and training to provide outstanding rhinoplasty outcomes. Through more than 1,000 cosmetic nose procedures, he has fine-tuned his craft, but he is still making innovations that have revolutionized the field of rhinoplasty.
What Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty is cosmetic surgery to improve the appearance of non-Caucasian noses. It is not a single approach, but rather a customized procedure, adjusted on a case-by-case basis to enhance the patient’s natural features and bring out his or her ethnic beauty. To perform ethnic rhinoplasty, a plastic surgeon must understand the varied aesthetics of ethnic faces — the balance and proportions that make different ethnicities beautiful in different ways.
The surgeon must also understand differences in nose structure. Noses of different ethnicities not only have different external appearances, but they also have different cartilage formations. Skin type can also be a factor. Thicker or darker skin may scar more easily and more visibly than thinner or lighter skin, for example. A rhinoplasty surgeon must take all these unique variations must into account when planning and performing the procedure.
Why You Might Consider Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Ethnic rhinoplasty subtly enhances the beauty of your face in a way that honors your ethnic heritage. The procedure can:
- Bring your facial features into more perfect harmony
- Correct facial asymmetry by aligning a nose that is crooked or subtly misplaced, whether naturally or due to injury
- Correct structural defects, such as a deviated septum or a malformation that causes breathing problems
If you have considered rhinoplasty, but have felt discouraged by concern that a plastic surgeon might change your nose to match an inappropriate Caucasian standard, schedule a consultation with the experts at Aesthetx. We’ll explain our individualized approach to rhinoplasty and answer all your questions.
Your Consultation for Ethnic Rhinoplasty
A key step in a successful rhinoplasty is your consultation. At Aesthetx, we make sure our patients are active participants in planning their rhinoplasty. During your consultation, we will explain the procedure and the range of possible approaches, and we will listen to your concerns and aesthetic goals. We don’t prescribe a single approach. We strive to understand your hopes for rhinoplasty and work with you to plan a customized procedure that will give you beautiful and natural-looking results. Our surgeons have earned a reputation as leaders in the field of plastic surgery, but the hallmark of our rhinoplasty specialty in San Jose is ensuring our patients feel both heard and valued.
In your consultation, we will ask questions to help us understand your goals for the procedure, and we will answer any of the questions you may have. We’ll meticulously plan your customized surgery, measuring your facial features, analyzing your skin type, and taking detailed measurements. We’ll then fine-tune our approach to achieve results that bring your entire face into greater harmony.
How Do Surgeons Perform Ethnic Rhinoplasty?
At Aesthetx, we are at the forefront of cutting-edge rhinoplasty surgical techniques. We use high-frequency piezoelectric tools to shape the bones of your nose with precision and delicacy, while leaving surrounding tissue untouched. This technique results in less tissue trauma and bruising and a faster recovery. The tools also enable a surgeon, for the first time, to easily thin and reshape cartilage. Dr. Berkowitz has earned a global reputation for safely introducing the use of power tools as a rhinoplasty technique, and he has given lectures around the world on the discoveries he’s made with this approach.
Another Aesthetx innovation is the use of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) in rhinoplasty procedures. PRP is a compound extracted from the patient’s blood that has proven benefits in wound healing and the body’s natural recovery process. With rhinoplasty, Drs. Berkowitz and Zeidler use PRP as an assistive ingredient that encourages healing and speeds recovery.
We perform our rhinoplasty procedures under general anesthesia, and they take between three and five hours. This timeframe is longer than is typical for the less precise rhinoplasty procedures performed by many plastic surgeons, and reflects the great care and incredible detail of our work. We also use magnification, fiber-optic lighting, and an open rhinoplasty technique to ensure the highest possible degree of control and precision.
What Can I Expect in Recovery?
You will be able to go home on the day of your surgery, but should arrange for a friend or family member to drive you. You will wear a cast for the first week to protect and shape your nose. We recommend that you stay home during this week to rest and recover. After we remove your cast, you can return to work or school, though you may need to tape your nose for another week, and you will have some residual swelling, soreness, and bruising. Around 80% of the swelling should resolve after six weeks, and a year after your surgery, all the swelling should disappear.
Frequently Asked Questions About Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Will I Still Look Like Others of My Ethnic Group?
The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is to subtly reshape your nose to be in more beautiful harmony with your other facial features. When done well, the procedure enhances your appearance without diminishing your ethnic identity. If this is a concern for you, be sure to raise it in your consultation. We work hard to tailor each procedure to the unique desires and characteristics of each of our patients.
Can I Combine Ethnic Rhinoplasty With Other Treatments and Procedures?
Yes. Our goal in ethnic rhinoplasty is to bring your facial features into balance and harmony by changing the shape of your nose. If other aspects of your appearance trouble you, you can choose to combine rhinoplasty with other procedures. For example, you may want to consider the rejuvenating effects of a facelift, brow lift or such non-surgical treatments as dermal filler injections. Or, you may want to consider eyelid surgery to remove bags from under the eyes or excess skin from the upper eyelids. At Aesthetx, we are skilled in performing a wide range of cosmetic procedures on people of diverse ethnic backgrounds.
Contact Us Today
Aesthetx has earned widespread renown for our highly detailed, specific, and knowledgeable consultations. To learn more about ethnic rhinoplasty and how we can tailor the procedure to your features, schedule your private consultation in our office in the San Jose area. Contact us online or by calling (408) 559-7177.