Latino & Hispanic Rhinoplasty FAQs
What is ethnic rhinoplasty?
Ethnic rhinoplasty, also referred to as non-Caucasian rhinoplasty, refers to a nose job procedure or revision rhinoplasty performed on a person from a particular ethnic or cultural group (e.g. Latino or Hispanic). The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is to improve the form and function of the nose, while respecting and preserving the unique nasal characteristics associated with the patient’s ethnic group. This branch of rhinoplasty was developed to specifically address the complexities associated with performing rhinoplasties on distinct ethnic groups. To successfully perform ethnic rhinoplasty, the plastic surgeon must be able to identify and preserve the characteristics associated with each unique ethnic or cultural group. The best rhinoplasty surgeon will be able to enhance the shape and function of the nose without erasing the patient’s ethnic identity or heritage.
What are some of the common features of the Latino or Hispanic nose?
The terms Latino and Hispanic refer to a large group of people living in the United States who have ancestors from a number of different countries around the world. As such, there is a significant amount of variance in the Latino or Hispanic nose; however, some general traits can be seen across many Latino and Hispanic noses. The Latino nose is typically wider than the Caucasian nose and narrower than the African American nose. Latinos and Hispanics tend to have thicker nasal skin, which can lead to a lack of nasal definition. In many cases, they present with weak nasal tip cartilage. Combined with thicker skin, this can create the appearance of a bulbous nasal tip. Many Latinos and Hispanics also have a prominent nasal bridge with an obvious dorsal hump. Latinos also tend to have a wider nose base that may be accompanied by wide or flared nostrils. Hispanics and Latinos who are interested in undergoing a NYC rhinoplasty with Dr. Rizk often wish to address some of these characteristics; however, it is important to remember that these traits contribute to the individual’s ethnic identity, thus the goal should be to reshape and enhance the nose while respecting its ethnic characteristics.
What type of corrections do Latino and Hispanic patients typically request?
When Dr. Rizk meets with Latino and Hispanic patients to discuss undergoing a nose job in NYC, he hears a number of common requests. Latinos often request a narrow nose with a more refined nasal tip. Patients will also commonly wish to reduce the appearance of flared nostrils. Refinement and reduction of a prominent dorsal hump is another very common request. Dr. Rizk always takes the patient’s entire face into consideration when planning a rhinoplasty to ensure that the new nose will complement the patient’s face.
What are some of the challenges associated with performing rhinoplasty on Latinos and Hispanics?
Rhinoplasty performed on a person of Latino or Hispanic descent can be challenging for a number of reasons. The Latino and Hispanic people make up a broad cultural group that encompasses people of Iberian, Central American, and South American heritage who live in the United States. Understandably, there is a wide range of “typical” nasal characteristics within this group due to its wide geographical and cultural heritage. As with any rhinoplasty, there is no one “Latino” nose standard that can be used to plan the rhinoplasty. It takes an artistic eye and a keen sense of ethnic traits to be able to shape a natural nose that complements the Latino or Hispanic patient’s face. An added challenge when working with this ethnic group is their relatively thick nasal skin. When performing a nose job procedure on Latinos and Hispanics, additional skill and attention is required to reshape the cartilage framework of the nose so that the skin drapes elegantly and the nose appears more defined.
Written by Dr. Sam Rizk