What is an Ethnic Nose Job?



What is an Ethnic Nose Job?



Rhinoplasty is a kind of plastic surgery performed to alter the nose's appearance.

Surgery to reshape the nose or simply rhinoplasty, is not just performed on patients who identify as Caucasian. Patients of African American, Asian American, Hispanic, and Middle Eastern descent also seek to improve the nose's size, shape, and profile for cosmetic reasons. These patients usually seek outcomes that complement their overall appearance and face proportions while also wanting to maintain their ethnicity. This particular kind of nose job called ethnic rhinoplasty usually takes into account the skin tone and facial features of various ethnic groups. In order to maintain the patient's ethnic identity, the treatment aims to generate an aesthetically attractive nose shape. For particular purposes, many people undergo ethnic rhinoplasty. Any reason a person decides to have an ethnic rhinoplasty can be a suitable method to preserve their unique cultural history while also making significant improvements to the nose's overall look. Thus, to get the finest results, the highly specialized subject of ethnic rhinoplasty demands a great deal of experience, expertise, and knowledge of facial standards for various ethnic groups.



What Exactly is an Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Compared to Traditional Rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job, an Ethnic Nose job is a nose surgery that aims to create an aesthetically fitting and pleasant nose shape while keeping specific ethnic traits, which requires a competent and experienced hand for a successful surgery. Hence, South Korea is regarded as having the world's most experienced, skilled, and highly-demanded plastic surgeons.

In general, patients do not want to shed their origins through surgery. This type of procedure, like a traditional rhinoplasty, tries to address flaws deemed significant, that might be diverse and numerous. However, some patients choose to have their noses look more Westernized. Thus, rhinoplasty can benefit them to some extent. This will enable patients' noses to be corrected for small or big flaws.


Who is the Perfect Candidate for an Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Ethnic Rhinoplasty is recommended for patients who have:

  • A lack of facial bone projection: "flat nose" with no prominent projection in profile.
  • A round, poorly defined tip of the nose: explained by thick skin, a short nasal septum, and a small tip cartilage.
  • A broad nose at its base, with overly long nostril wings and particularly prominent nostrils.
  • A particularly thick skin hides the reliefs of the underlying cartilages.

The best way to find out if you qualify for an ethnic rhinoplasty is to schedule a face-to-face consultation with one of our partner surgeons. The best time to discuss any changes you would like to see and go over all of your alternatives for reaching your goals is to schedule a consultation with a surgeon with experience in rhinoplasties.

Techniques Used for Ethnic Rhinoplasty

The term ethnic rhinoplasty refers to a group of aesthetic nose surgery techniques designed to meet the expectations of patients of African, Middle Eastern, or Asian origin. Hence, there are a few types of surgical procedures that fulfill the needs and anatomical characteristics of these patients:

  • Tip-plasty by redefining the nose tip that is too rounded.
  • Hump reduction by reducing the dorsal hump and making it more defined and refined.
  • Alar-plasty by decreasing the width of the nose and/or reducing the size of the nostrils.
  • Cartilage graft is mainly used to increase the nose’s tip protrusion and to fill the hollow of the nose bridge, which has the effect of refining it.
  • Cartilage suture is used to reduce the tip of the nose.

These techniques can be combined to obtain the desired result in some cases. Only one or two of these techniques will be necessary in other cases.


Rhinoplasty Approaches

Closed rhinoplasty

This method eliminates any visible scars following the procedure by restricting the incisions to the inside of the nasal passages. This method is frequently chosen in conjunction with ethnic rhinoplasties since patients of different backgrounds tend to have thicker skin, which increases the risk of significant postoperative skin edema.


Open rhinoplasty

Better access to the internal anatomy is provided by the open rhinoplasty procedure, which involves making an incision in the lower jaw on the skull. In cases when it is necessary, the surgeon uses a Z-shaped incision that reduces apparent scars once the incision fully heals. Patients in need of further correction may be more suitable candidates for this method.


During Ethnic Rhinoplasty Consultation

The surgeon will ask the patient about the medical history and whether he/she is currently taking any medications. Based on the patient’s individual objectives, the surgeon will assess the structure of the nose and offer a detailed surgery plan. It's important that the patient feels comfortable, and there will be a lot of information to take in.

The patient will go over the modifications that he/she wishes to make during the consultation. Thus, the specialist evaluates the patient’s chances of obtaining the desired goals. Ideally, the patient would specify the changes that he/she would like to see. However, keep in mind that nature restricts the amount of change that is possible. Our expert surgeons will provide you with comprehensive details regarding the surgery, including its advancement, potential issues, and side effects.

Our surgeon will also go over the ethnic rhinoplasty procedure and answer any queries or worries during the appointment. A positive patient-surgeon rapport is critical to the outcome of facial plastic surgery. On the basis of rigorous medical experience and reasonable expectations, confidence grows during the consultation stages prior to the surgery. It is also essential that the patient comprehends this procedure. The goal of the surgery is to make the nose more aesthetically pleasing and harmonious with the other characteristics of the face.


After Ethnic Rhinoplasty

The surgical outcomes following an ethnic rhinoplasty exhibit a resemblance to those following a standard rhinoplasty. As a result, the patient will observe the onset of edemas that do not spread more widely but instead last longer. In a few days, they will vanish.

The level of pain is very low to moderate.

After the procedure, a tiny splint that compresses and immobilizes the nose must be worn for five to seven days.

It is possible for bruising and swellings to develop, which will go away after about a week.

One week following the procedure, the patient can get back to his/her professional activities.

For about six weeks, the patient will have to refrain from participating in any strenuous activities.

It is highly advised that the patient abstain from smoking for two months prior to and following the ethnic rhinoplasty. Tobacco does, in fact, raise the possibility of difficulties. Additionally, the patient maximizes healthy recovery during this time by quitting smoking.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Risks

The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is to improve and enhance look through surgery. A patient who has such a procedure might face some dangers. We think that prior to having a rhinoplasty, every patient should be thoroughly informed of the potential consequences. Because of our skilled and knowledgeable professionals, complications are quite rare. Always keep in mind that selecting the correct surgeon will lead to the greatest outcomes.

Getting surgery has the potential to cause difficulties. A patient may experience bleeding, infection, scars, or anesthesia-related adverse effects after surgery.

Therefore, to ensure that our patients are not at risk, our surgeons take specific precautions. Additionally, our partner clinics have a superb group of exceptionally safe anesthetists for ethnic rhinoplasty. Additionally, we as Docfinderkorea, only work with establishments that have board-certified anesthesiologists on staff and are well equipped with trained staff and tools necessary to manage any circumstance.


What to Expect from an Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Although the appearance of the nose is improved following the procedure, the ethnic characteristics are still considered and preserved. The following, are some examples of what you can expect from such a reconstruction, always in search of an aesthetic look:

  • Creation of a pronounced and reinforced nasal bridge and in some cases nose bridge (silicone) implant.
  • Closeness of flattened nostrils.
  • Reduction of the nasal width.
  • Reduced appearance of a bulbous tip.
  • Definition and reduction of the width of the nose’s tip.


Ethnic Rhinoplasty is a procedure that has the potential to significantly improve a patient’s current nose and completely transform his/her life. Thus, undergoing it in South Korea and by one of the top plastic surgeons in Seoul is definitely an opportunity.




Can we undergo an ethnic rhinoplasty combined with other procedures?

Other facial procedures that can be combined with ethnic rhinoplasty include:


lifting of the face and the neck

Fat grafting

What about scarring?

The scars are invisible since they are situated inside the nostrils. The skin's natural folds will conceal any scars that may be present at the nose's contour on the exterior, depending on the procedure employed.

What is the difference between standard rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty?

Both ethnic and traditional rhinoplasty strive to improve noses that are deemed unattractive, although they are not intended for the same patients. Patients of African or Asian descent are the ideal candidates for ethnic rhinoplasty because of the unique features of their noses. While both types of rhinoplasty are performed in the same approach, ethnic rhinoplasty considers the patient's unique ethnic background.