While the goal of any plastic surgery procedure is to enhance or correct an individual’s appearance, while preserving their unique characteristics, this is even more important when it comes to ethnic rhinoplasty. Also referred to as nose reshaping, a “nose job,” or nasal surgery, rhinoplasty is a complex process of reconstruction of the bone and cartilage of the nose. Thus, it requires utmost precision and skill, as well as a deep understanding of various ethnicities and their structural differences and skin types. Dr. Evan Ransom of Rhinoplasty San Francisco is a double board certified head and neck surgeon, as well as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with advanced training and education.
In treating patients of different ethnicities, there are variations in skin thickness and elasticity, as well as differences in the shape of the nasal cartilage and nostril size. In turn, skin tone and color vary among individuals, and medium to darker skin types are at a greater risk of scarring and hyperpigmentation. Even across African Americans, there is variability in the bridge and definition of the tip of the nose. Depending on their ancestry, nostrils might be wider than others, and this changes the approach required to perform a successful rhinoplasty procedure. Furthermore, the integrity of the cartilage is an important consideration for rhinoplasty. If a patient wants the tip of their nose to be reshaped, as is often the case, the cartilage must be strong enough to produce a favorable result. If it is not, however, cartilage can be harvested from other areas of the body.
Given the unique challenges that come with performing ethnic rhinoplasty, it is imperative to choose a qualified plastic surgeon with experience that you can trust. Dr. Evan Ransom is an industry leading facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon in San Francisco, and performs ethnic rhinoplasty with meticulous surgical skill and attention to detail. Highly sensitive to the needs of his patients, Dr. Ransom utilizes computer imaging to provide patients with a visual for how their nose will appear after surgery.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ransom, call the San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery today.
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