Asian with Western Nose

Q: I am an Asian female with a low radix, high dorsum with a bump, and somewhat droopy tip when I smile. I would like to get rid of the bump and improve tip projection to reduce the droopiness. The surgeons that I’ve met with all agree that I have a more western nose. While that is true, my genetic makeup is still Asian placing me at a higher risk for complications most associated with Asian rhinoplasty. Is this a valid concern? Should I be looking for a surgeon that specializes in Asian rhinoplasty? My biggest fear is a botched nose job. I would just die. Any insight, opinions, suggestions would be most appreciated! Thanks!

A: One of the things that I find so exciting about plastic surgery is that to achieve a successful outcome, technical expertise has to be coupled with artistry.  The same holds true for Asian rhinoplasty.  While many surgeons may be proficient in rhinoplasty, it is important to find a rhinoplasty specialist experienced with Asian noses and enhancing Asian beauty to achieve the best result possible for you.

Personally I think a combination of raising the height of your bridge between your eyes (radix augmentation) and slightly lowering your dorsal convexity, while projecting and refining the tip of your nose, will create the best balance for you.

About Donald B. Yoo, M.D.

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified surgeon, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (including blepharoplasty and facelift), and Asian cosmetic surgery (including Asian rhinoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty/Asian eyelid surgery). His office is located at: 120 S Spalding Dr Suite 315, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-275-2467.
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