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Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Rhinoplasty

As with other ethnicities, there is a unique set of features associated with Middle Eastern and Mediterranean noses. When considering rhinoplasty, it is very important to find a nose job surgeon who has specific experience with your demographic. Dr. Sam Rizk specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty and has developed techniques and approaches to specifically address the cosmetic needs of different ethnic and cultural groups. There are large numbers of people of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean descent living in New York and many of them turn to Dr. Rizk when considering rhinoplasty. Fluent in Arabic, Dr. Rizk often performs Arabic nose jobs on patients from NYC and beyond, some of whom travel to the USA to benefit from his superior work.

One of the distinguishing features of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern nose is a prominent nasal bridge. In many cases, a high dorsum is also accompanied by a drooping nasal tip, which can cause the nose to appear disproportionately elongated. When performing rhinoplasty on patients from these ethnic groups, common revisions include refining or reducing a nasal hump, lifting the nasal tip, correcting a drooping nose, and narrowing the nostrils. All of these revisions will enhance the patient’s profile and provide a more harmonious, balanced look. Correction of a prominent hump can be quite complicated, as many factors can contribute to the appearance of the hump. During the initial consultation, our doctor conducts a thorough assessment to determine how the bridge and tip of the nose contribute to the hump. When Dr. Rizk works with any patient, he also takes the entire face into consideration before determining which revisions are necessary.

To provide the best rhinoplasty to patients of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern descent, the surgeon must be aware of the unique rhinoplasty challenges associated with this particular ethnic group. People from these ethnic groups tend to have thicker nasal skin and poor cartilage support. Thicker skin can cause the nose to appear larger than average and also poses specific challenges in the operating room. Dr. Rizk’s experience operating on patients with thicker nasal skin gives him the skills necessary to refine and sculpt the noses of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern patients. Poor cartilage support can produce the appearance of an ill-defined nasal tip, provides for a weaker base during the rhinoplasty, and may pose challenges when creating nasal grafts. In addition, thicker nasal skin makes refining the nasal tip more difficult. Fortunately, Dr. Rizk is well equipped to handle any of these challenges.

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The unique characteristics of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean noses must be preserved during rhinoplasty. The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is not to erase distinguishing features, but rather to maintain the ethnic identity while enhancing the patient’s overall appearance. For an ethnic rhinoplasty to be successful, the surgeon must understand the characteristics and features common to a particular ethnic group, be aware of the surgical challenges faced by the group, and have a keen aesthetic sense. Dr. Rizk’s extensive experience working with patients in NY from a variety of ethnic groups has provided him with the skills necessary to perform a successful rhinoplasty. If you are interested in learning more or wish to set up an initial consultation, please contact our NYC office today.

Middle Eastern & Mediterranean Rhinoplasty FAQs

What unique features distinguish Mediterranean and Middle Eastern noses from those of other ethnic groups?

People of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern descent tend to have a more prominent nasal bridge and a drooping nasal tip, which can cause the nose to appear quite elongated. Their noses also tend to appear larger than the average Caucasian nose, due to a combination of thicker nasal skin and an elevated bridge. In New York, common requests from this ethnic group include reduction of a nasal hump, nasal tip lifting and refining, correction of a drooping nose, and narrowing the nostrils. When performed by a skilled surgeon, these revisions can bring a more balanced, harmonious look to the patient’s face.

What is the goal of an ethnic nose job?

The goal of an ethnic rhinoplasty is to improve or enhance the nose, while preserving the unique features and characteristics of the patient’s nose. When planning the rhinoplasty, it is important that the surgeon creates an approach that will maintain the ethnic features of Mediterranean and Arabic noses. Shaping the nose to appear Caucasian or “westernized” would not produce a natural look for the patient and is not likely to result in a satisfactory outcome. As with all nose jobs, the surgery should also maintain or enhance the function of the nose, allowing the patient to breathe as well, if not better, than before.

What challenges do plastic surgeons face when performing rhinoplasties on Mediterranean and Arabic noses?

Reduction and refinement of the nasal bridge is considered to be one of the more challenging aspects of rhinoplasty. Commonly addressed during Mediterranean and Middle Eastern nose jobs, the revisions may be further complicated by a drooping nasal tip. In order to shape a beautiful nose, the best rhinoplasty surgeon will carefully assess the entire nose before planning the revisions. It is important to consider how an elevated bridge and drooping tip both contribute to the appearance of the nasal hump. Another common request is refinement of the nasal tip and narrowing of the nostrils. This can be particularly challenging when working with these ethnic groups because they tend to have thicker nasal skin. Poor cartilage support can also complicate the rhinoplasty as the surgeon will need to ensure that the nose is strong enough to support the revisions. A favorable outcome will be highly dependent upon the surgeon’s skill and experience working with patients from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean backgrounds. Thanks to his extensive training and location in NY, Dr. Rizk has had the opportunity to work with many such patients, providing him with the experience necessary to produce a beautiful, natural result.

Can I travel to NYC to undergo a rhinoplasty with Dr. Rizk?

Dr. Rizk is fluent in Arabic, so Arabic patients are often interested in traveling to the USA to work with our doctor in NYC. Dr. Rizk frequently treats patients from other countries and has created a program to address the unique needs of out of town patients. If you are interested in undergoing a rhinoplasty with Dr. Rizk, please contact our office to learn more and initiate the process.

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