Ethnic rhinoplasty involves modifying the nose to improve the overall appearance while retaining the features unique to each ethnic background. Many ethnic backgrounds have characteristic nasal features, even within the broad category of “Caucasian” peoples. For instance, certain people of Italian descent have a nose that they see as identifying them with their family and heritage.
*Each patient is unique and individual results may vary.
The same goes for people from Spain, Greece, and many other countries. The key to modifying the nose in an individual with a strong sense of identity is to be conservative with changes and to alter the nose holistically, so that the relative balance of various components stays roughly the same. Not long ago people often desired a nose that looked more “Caucasian” so that they could assimilate. That behavior has changed in the last twenty years and in more recent times people tend to want to retain their ethnic look. The surgeon and prospective patient need to carefully consider the impact that specific changes on the nose will have on the overall facial appearance and how such change might relate to their identification with their racial origins.
In order to optimize the art of Ethnic Rhinoplasty there are several things that Dr. Frankel likes to do. The first is to open a line of communication with each patient about their ties to family and if they perceive their appearance as associating them with their race or even religion. Dr. Frankel believes it can be helpful to have a patients’ family member with them during the consultation because this person may provide a supportive role and aid in the decision making process.
Additionally, Dr. Frankel uses the computer imaging software to provide patients an idea of what they might look like post operatively. By working with the patients during the consultation, Dr. Frankel can point out ways in which he plans to maintain the overall look of the nose while at the same time addressing the aesthetic concerns. The interaction between Dr. Frankel and the patient while morphing the images also allows him a sense of what the patient will tolerate and gives him an opoortunity to point out where problems might arise. Because Los Angeles is such a cosmopolitan city and Beverly Hills is a world wide destination for plastic surgery, Dr. Frankel regularly sees patients from all different types of backgrounds.
Dr. Frankel treats a large number of Middle Eastern patients as well as Asian, Hispanic and African American. Dr. Frankel enjoys operating on patients from all over the globe and finds the idea of maintaining their particular ethnicity a welcome challenge. The topic of “ethnic rhinoplasty” is even one that Dr. Frankel has lectured on in national medical conferences.
Hello Dr. Frankel. I wanted to let you know how much I love my nose. Most people don't even know that I had anything done, the change is so subtle. And it's exactly what I wanted. I wanted to look like me but a bit improved. I am so happy with the result and it's getting better every day. My recovery was easy and I barely had any bruising. I am so grateful for your artistry. Thank you so much for everything.