Ethnic Nose Job – Features of Non-Caucasian Noses

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Understanding the Ethnic Nose Job – Features of Non-Caucasian Noses

An Ethnic nose job or Ethnic Rhinoplasty is one of the most complex cosmetic procedures in the world.

Non-Caucasian noses have significantly different anatomy and require a wider range of surgical talents. Over the years, nose reshaping procedures for different ethnic groups have evolved significantly. This article covers everything you should know about getting an ethnic nose job, how it works, and what to expect from an ethnic nose procedure.

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 What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

The term ethnic rhinoplasty refers to rhinoplasty procedures performed on non-Caucasians. However, due to globalisation, interracial mixing, massive migrations, ethnic patients today are also considered mixed-race patients. Although the idea of a nose job may seem that the same process applies to all patients, that’s not the case.

Non-Caucasian patients can be a surgical challenge due to significant anatomic variability from the standard European nose which most Rhinoplasty teaching was based on. At the same time, each ethnic group has its own unique nasal features. The goal of an ethnic rhinoplasty is to perform nasal reshaping to achieve your goals, but also to preserve unique features associated with your ethnic background.

Just as always, the main objective of rhinoplasty is better definition alongside a more refined appearance, and compliance with the aesthetic ideals of each person while preserving function. The special approaches to ethnic rhinoplasty stem from the fact the world is diverse, meaning not everyone needs a “Caucasian nose”.

Women undergoing this procedure should have the best results, regardless of ethnicity. That means the nose reshaping procedures should not follow the “one size fits all” approach. Nowadays the technology and science have evolved enough to allow expert nose surgeons to provide the best possible care and results that will make their patients happy.

Nasal shapes and skin types of Ethnic Noses – What’s the difference?

Ethnic rhinoplasty calls for a brief discussion of different nasal shapes in the world. Like many other parts of the face, the nose shapes vary within the human population. In fact, the diversity of facial features across human populations has fascinated scientists for a long time.

While genetics has played a predominant role in human evolution, natural selection has influenced certain external physical traits. These traits include skin pigmentation and facial shape due to their environment.

The shape of the nose has intrigued scientists for centuries. As people in different parts of the world have slightly different noses, it was only a matter of time when someone would wonder why that happens. Is it all because of the genes or the environment that plays a role here, as well?

Research shows that the width of the nose is strongly correlated with temperature and humidity. Wider noses are more common in warm, humid climates. On the other hand, narrower noses are more prevalent in areas with cold-dry climates. While anthropologists agree the nasal variations are due to adaptation to the environment, this subject requires further research. Climate is not the only factor that determines the nasal shape, but other options are worth exploring too.

Let’s look at the differences that make each ethnic nose unique.

European nose

Although Ethnic rhinoplasty is different from Caucasian nose Rhinoplasty, it’s still important to learn more about a typical European nose.

The nasal bridge in Europeans is usually narrow. Generally speaking, men and women from northern parts of Europe have wide-base noses alongside protruded lips whereas their counterparts from northwest Europe have pointing-up noses. Compared to other parts of the world, Europeans may have slightly wider and longer noses. However, keep in mind that globalisation makes it difficult to describe a certain nose shape as “typical” as cultures mix with one another.

Asian nose


Ethnic groups from Asia are numerous, and so are the nose shapes. Compared with Europeans, Asians typically have shorter, wider, and less projecting or protruded noses. The shape of the nose also dictates procedure goals. Whereas Europeans usually seek nasal reduction, Asians tend to go for augmentation of the nasal structures. Visit our page on Asian Rhinoplasty Surgery.

African-American nose

African-American men and women have a flat nasal bridge and a slight projecting tip. In fact, they have the widest and most prominent noses indicated by enlarged nostrils, wide and rounded tips, and the absence of a protruded nasal bridge, as mentioned above.

In most cases, ethnic rhinoplasty in African-Americans aims to elevate the dorsum of the nose and improve the projection of the tip. The nasal dorsum is, actually, nasal ridge i.e. the border between the root and tip of the nose.

Hispanic and Mediterranean nose

The hallmark of Hispanic and Mediterranean noses is a dorsal hump over the nasal bridge. The tip of the nose is broad and drooping. Mediterranean descent includes people from southern Europe, northern Africa, and some parts of Asia, e.g. the Middle East. Arabs usually have a nose shape similar to men and women of African ancestry. Arabic noses have a rounded, fleshy tip.

The most common goals of ethnic rhinoplasty, in this case, are the hump removal, elevation, and narrowing of the nasal tip.

Schedule an appointment at our clinic to see how an ethnic nose job can help you achieve a better=looking nose and still preserve your unique facial features for the most natural look.

Ethnic Nose Issues and Concerns

Wide ethnic nose surgery - by Dr Stephen Kleid

When Rhinoplasty surgery was originally developed, it was based on features and characteristics of the traditional Caucasian nose. The fact that most patients were Caucasian was probably the reason behind developing the procedure to primarily suit their aesthetic and cosmetic needs. However, times have changed and with globalisation has arrived the development of specialised niche surgery and better technology.

Ethnic Nose procedures have become more accessible, and social perception changed in a positive manner. Today, a nose job is not taboo, and more and more women & men decide to undergo rhinoplasty. Non-Caucasian women are among them, especially ladies of Middle Eastern and Asian descent in Australia. As the demand for nose jobs has increased, so did the need to ensure the procedure perfectly accommodates the specific needs of each ethnicity.

Expert nose surgeons like ENT and facial plastic surgeons are gaining more experience with ethnic rhinoplasty, especially as the differences in nasal shape were established. The main concern, of course, was how to perform ethnic rhinoplasty without impairing the delicate balance of facial features that define patients of a certain descent.

When it comes to nasal concerns, the ethnic rhinoplasty addresses the following nose concerns:

  • Angle
  • Bump
  • Shape
  • And size

In other words, ethnic rhinoplasty usually addresses concerns and issues involving a wide bridge, wide tip, flat or poorly defined tip, plunging tip that worsens with smile, wide nostril base, asymmetry, or crookedness, a nose too close to the upper lip, low bridge. Blocked breathing in conjunction with crookedness or other external imperfections can also be also addressed with ethnic septorhinoplasty.

Benefits of an Ethnic Rhinoplasty

The benefits of ethnic rhinoplasty include improved self-confidence and positive self-image. However, the procedure may also cause identity issues for ethnic patients and their near relatives. These issues often worsen in the absence of an expert surgeon’s skills to achieve the goals of an ethnic nose job without affecting other ethnicity-related facial features.

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Ideal proportions of the Ethnic Nose – matching the face

The relationship between nose shape and other facial features is vital when having an ethnic nose job. Your nose is your most prominent facial feature, but it must suit and balance the other features on your face. For that reason, ethnic rhinoplasty is challenging; it can be tricky to achieve a specific result and ensure it looks natural on an ethnic face.

Research studies show that facial proportions are not an indicator of beauty, but they can help a surgeon to plan the treatment approach. Of course, the facial proportions are used in conjunction with other techniques.

The aesthetic ideal is an oval-shaped face with a height to width ratio of 3:4. The human face is divided into horizontal thirds which are rarely equal. In Caucasians, the middle third of the face is less than the upper third, and both areas are smaller than the lower third. On the other hand, in Asians, the middle third of the case is bigger than the upper third and equal to the lower third. The lower third of the face is also divided into smaller thirds which define chin, upper, and lower lips.

The shape and size of the nose should complement other facial features such as the forehead, eyes, cheeks, lips, and chin. That’s where thorough planning of the ethnic rhinoplasty steps in. With the proper approach, you can have the nose you’ve always dreamed of without looking too “westernised”. For instance, Asians who want Rhinoplasty (or eyelid surgery) generally don’t want to look Caucasian, but to look Eurasian, a subtle change that maintains their ethnicity, without looking unnatural.

Ethnic nose job before and after

ethnic nose job

See the nose surgery before and after page for more examples of ethnic rhinoplasty.

Ethnic Nose Surgery Procedure

Surgically speaking, ethnic rhinoplasty works in the same way as the “regular” nose job. Your nose surgeon uses the same anaesthesia and places the incisions the same way as in traditional rhinoplasty. The placement of incisions is either inside the nostrils or on the bridge between the nostrils. There is no big difference here; it all comes down to the specific technique the specialist surgeon chooses upon examining the structure of your nose.

The Ethnic Rhinoplasty itself tends to take slightly longer than traditional Rhinoplasty, but the results are equally striking. In most cases, ethnic rhinoplasty involves a narrowing of the nostrils or extension of the nasal tip, which calls for the use of some type of graft to “enlarge the nose”. The graft will be of cartilage taken from inside the patient’s nose, from the ear, a rib, a donor rib, or an artificial substance.

The importance of choosing the right surgeon

The results of the procedure largely depend on the skills of your chosen nose surgeon. For that reason, you need to choose the best person. Contact us to see what makes our clinic ideal for this procedure.

Only a skilled professional knows all the intricacies that are involved in ethnic rhinoplasty and are able to give you natural-looking results. Furthermore, the placement of incisions has a lot to do with the level of expertise. Exceptional surgeons take into account the quality of your skin before deciding where to place the incisions, besides considering the above-mentioned nasal structure. This is important because some skin types are more prone to scarring than others.

The Procedure

The procedure usually includes:

  • General anaesthesia
  • The duration of the procedure is about 2-3 hours.
  • Closed technique: incisions made on the nasal membrane to access different parts of the nose are sometimes adequate.
  • The open technique requires an incision made under the tip of the nose. Then, the nasal skin is retracted backwards to dissect the nose cartilage. Redefining and reshaping of the nose ensues, and grafts can be stabilized more effectively with sutures.

After the procedure, you may notice swelling around the nose, cheeks, and eyes. Facial bruising is also present.

Regardless of the type of procedure, whether it’s a traditional or ethnic nose job, the recovery and the process are the same. The actual recovery time depends on the technique.

Recovery and Healing after Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Most patients require 2 weeks before they are back at their usual full-time work, for the bruising and nasal scabs and crusts to clear. Since the surgery is not very painful, working from home can resume within a few days, perhaps not full time at first.

  • The cast is removed after a week and the nasal crusts “vacuumed out”.
  • Nasal packing is not required. Blowing the nose is allowed from the first day, and you can eat or drink anything.
  • Exercise is be avoided for 2 weeks, because of the risk of bleeding.

How much is Ethnic Rhinoplasty? Prices and Costs of an Ethnic Nose Job

Every patient is different, therefore the prices vary. You will be given a price quote after your first consultation. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee, and the hospital fees.

There may be a functional nature of the nose surgery so Medicare and your Private Health Insurance may contribute some of the cost. It may also be possible to use your Superannuation Fund to pay for this surgery.

Read our blog on Rhinoplasty prices  or Visit our pricing page for more information about Payment Plans

Further Reading – Medical References about Ethnic Noses

Surgeon Consultation for Ethnic Nose Surgery

The biggest differences in the whole nose surgery process happen during the consultation. Your surgeon will examine your nose and other facial features. The goal is to develop a plan of the procedure to preserve ethnic characteristics while giving you the results you want out of nasal reshaping.

What to expect at a Nose Consultation and Nasoendoscope examination

Choosing the best Ethnic Nose Surgeon in Melbourne or Sydney

When choosing the right surgeon for Ethnic Nose Surgery, you should always keep in mind that the experience, training, and credentials have greater importance than the price tag. Special deals, fixed prices, and big discounts should raise a red flag. Usually, those kinds of procedures lead to another disappointing result and in the end line cost more and produce more stress, pain, take more time, and discomfort than one procedure conducted by a professional and experienced surgeon.

About our Top Nose Surgeons – Dr Richard Sackelariou FRACS Plastic Surgeon and Dr Stephen Kleid FRACS ENT Surgeon


With a wealth of experience and training, Dr Stephen Kleid, MB BS FRACS Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon and Dr Richard Sackelariou FRACS (Plas) are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising nose reshaping surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Our Surgeon’s focus on natural-looking Rhinoplasty surgery for women and men. Nose reshaping, septoplasty and open and closed Rhinoplasty techniques are performed Melbourne and Sydney. Call us to make an appointment.

Proven experience and examples from real patients or recommendations from your friends, family, or GP are available.

Further reading about an Ethnic Nose Job

Last updated: 30/04/2022
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Dr Stephen Kleid - ENT Surgeon MB, BS FRACS
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for aesthetic nose surgery. rhinoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

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