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Asian Rhinoplasty Surgery

Asian Rhinoplasty, also known as Asian nose surgery, is a cosmetic procedure to alter the appearance of the nose for individuals of Asian descent. This surgery addresses specific concerns commonly seen in Asian noses, such as a lower bridge, less defined tip, and narrower nostrils.

How is Asian Rhinoplasty different To standard Rhinoplasty

Asian Rhinoplasty and standard Rhinoplasty differ in their approach and goals due to the unique anatomical features of individuals of Asian descent. Some key differences include:

  • Anatomical Considerations: The nasal anatomy of individuals of Asian descent often includes a flatter nasal bridge, wider nostrils, and a less projected tip. Asian Rhinoplasty takes these features into account.
  • Bridge Augmentation: In Asian Rhinoplasty, one common goal is to augment the nasal bridge. This involves building up the bridge to get a higher profile.
  • Tip Refinement: Asian Rhinoplasty may focus on refining and defining the nasal tip. This might involve adjusting the angle and projection of the tip.
  • Nostril Adjustment: Wider nostrils are a common characteristic in Asian noses. Asian Rhinoplasty can involve techniques to narrow the nostrils.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: Asian Rhinoplasty respects ethnic identity. The goal is to create results without erasing the person’s heritage.
  • Diverse Techniques: Surgeons performing Asian Rhinoplasty use techniques to address these unique features. These techniques may involve cartilage grafting, implant placement, and suturing methods.

Overall, the main difference lies in the focus of the surgery. While standard Rhinoplasty is often about reshaping the nose to a more traditional shape, Asian Rhinoplasty respects the inherent unique characteristics of Asian features and alters them in a way that maintains individuality and cultural heritage.

Am I a Good Candidate For Asian Rhinoplasty?

A suitable candidate for Asian Rhinoplasty typically exhibits certain characteristics that align with the procedure’s outcomes. Here are some indications of a good candidate:

  • Ethnic Background: Individuals of Asian descent who are looking to enhance their nasal features while preserving their ethnic identity are often good candidates. They may seek to address specific anatomical traits such as a flatter bridge, wider nostrils, or a less projected tip.
  • Ethnic Background: Individuals of Asian descent who are looking to enhance their nasal features while preserving their ethnic identity are often good candidates. They may seek to address specific anatomical traits such as a flatter bridge, wider nostrils, or a less projected tip.
  • Realistic Expectations: Candidates should have realistic expectations about the procedure’s outcomes. While Asian Rhinoplasty can change the appearance, it won’t completely change one’s facial structure.
  • Physical Health: Like any surgical procedure, candidates should be in good overall health. A pre-operative evaluation will determine if there are any medical conditions that could pose risks during surgery.
  • Non-Smokers: Smoking can hinder the healing process and increase the risk of complications. Most surgeons prefer candidates who do not smoke.
  • Age: It’s advisable for candidates to be at least 18+ as the nose’s growth should be complete before undergoing surgery.
  • Consultation: A consultation with a skilled and experienced surgeon is crucial. During this consultation, the surgeon will assess the candidate’s goals, evaluate their nasal anatomy, and discuss whether Asian Rhinoplasty is the right option.

It’s important to note that each individual is unique, and the suitability for Asian Rhinoplasty can vary. A consultation with a qualified surgeon is the recommended way to determine if someone is a good candidate for the procedure.

Why is Nose Surgery so complex?

Rhinoplasty, is considered complex due to several factors including;

  • Anatomical Variations: The nose is a highly complex and intricate structure, and its anatomy can vary significantly from person to person.
  • Functional and Shape Concerns: Unlike many other cosmetic procedures, rhinoplasty often involves addressing both functional and Shape concerns.
  • Limited Visibility: During surgery, the surgeon’s visibility of the internal nasal structures is limited. This requires a deep understanding of nasal anatomy and experience to navigate and make precise adjustments.
  • Three-Dimensional Nature: The nose has a three-dimensional structure, and changes made in one area can affect other areas.
  • Subtle Changes: Even minor adjustments to the nose can have a significant impact on the overall facial appearance.
  • Healing and Scar Tissue: The nose is a highly vascular area, and healing after rhinoplasty can be complex. The formation of scar tissue can influence the final results, and predicting how an individual’s body will heal is not always straightforward.
  • Cultural and Ethnic Considerations: Different cultures and ethnicities have unique nasal features that are important to preserve during rhinoplasty.
  • Challenging Revisions: Revision rhinoplasty, performed to correct unsatisfactory results from a previous procedure, can be even more complex due to scar tissue, altered anatomy, and limitations from previous surgery.

Due to these complexities, selecting a skilled and experienced surgeon is of paramount importance when considering rhinoplasty.

Asian Rhinoplasty Surgical Procedure

  • The operation procedure itself depends on the wishes of each patient. Your surgeon will decide which surgical method is most appropriate with your goals.
  • You will be under general anesthesia for your surgery. The surgery can take anywhere from 2 and 3 hours if not longer, depending on the extent of the procedure.
  • The nasal bridge, (the nose area between the eyes), can be reinforced with;
    • A patients’ own tissue such as rib cartilage
    • Or with other non-organic materials like silicone implant or Goretex implant.
  • Patients with an undefined nasal tip will undergo a procedure where it will be reinforced with a small part of the tissue grafted from their septum cartilage, or in some cases ear or rib.

Risks and complications of Asian Rhinoplasty

All surgery has risks and potential complications. Some of the risks and complications of Asian Rhinoplasty include;

  • Infection
  • Bleeding
  • Scarring
  • Anesthesia Risks
  • Unsatisfactory Results
  • Asymmetry
  • Nasal Obstruction
  • Skin Issues
  • Loss of Sensation
  • Nasal Septum Issues
  • Under or over correction
  • Revision Surgery

It’s important to consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon to thoroughly discuss potential risks, options, and the most suitable course of action for your specific circumstances. For detailed information about the risks and potential complications of Asian Rhinoplasty Surgery please visit the risks of surgery page.

Recovery from Asian Rhinoplasty

Recovery from Asian rhinoplasty involves several key stages to ensure optimal healing and results. Immediately after the procedure, patients can expect some swelling and discomfort, which gradually subsides over the next few weeks. It’s common to wear a splint for the first week to support the new nasal shape. While visible improvements are noticeable within the first month, it may take several months for the majority of swelling to resolve and for the final results to become fully evident.

Following post-operative care instructions diligently, including avoiding strenuous activities, protecting the nose from impact, and attending follow-up appointments, greatly contributes to a successful recovery.

Minimising Scars after Asian Nose Surgery

Scarring is a natural outcome of any invasive surgery, and the process of settling can extend beyond 12 months. However, it’s important to note that some individuals tend to develop more prominent and noticeable scars than others.

In CLOSED rhinoplasty nose surgery, the incisions are placed inside the nostrils.

For OPEN rhinoplasty, the incision is strategically made at the junction where the nose meets the skin just above the upper lip (known as the philtrum).

Some patients may have more visible scars than others. Scars may become less visible but you can ask your surgeon what to expect. Remember, scar appearances vary from patient to patient.

Scar management is particularly important in patients with skin that is rich in melanin as they may be more prone to visible scars than patients with Fitzpatrick I or II skin types.

Asian Rhinoplasty Cost in Sydney and Melbourne

The cost of surgery in Australia can be influenced by several factors, such as the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon’s fees, the length of hospital stay, and other related expenses.

For accurate and personalised information regarding the cost of your surgery, it is best to schedule a consultation with a qualified surgeon. During the consultation, they can provide a detailed breakdown of the expenses involved and address any specific concerns you may have.

Visit the Rhinoplasty Costs page and find out if Medicare will contribute to your Nose Surgery and information about a Asian Rhinoplasty Payment Plan.

Why Choose us? Finding the Best Nose Surgeon for you

Of course, this type of Nose Shaping Surgery/Rhinoplasty can change the appearance of the entire face, due to the relationship balance of the NOSE feature with other aspects of facial anatomy.

Ideally, you should choose a Specialist Plastic Surgeon who:

  • is extensively experienced in Asian Rhinoplasty techniques including nose bridge augmentation
  • is experienced in nose bridge augmentation and nose reshaping to FLATTER the OVERALL facial appearance, in an individual manner

It is important to remember that the procedures for nose jobs, Asian Nose Surgery or otherwise, are highly complex.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday.

Phone (03) 8849 1400, Email us: with our Patient Liaison Manager or Book a Face to Face Consultation with a Surgeon.

Visit our FAQs page, learn more about your procedure or have a look at our Before and After Photos.

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This complete guide to Nose Surgery covers everything you need to know about this procedure, including:

  • Your surgery explained
  • How to assess if you are a good candidate.
  • Planning for your surgery
  • Answers to most frequently asked questions.
  • Before and after gallery
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Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
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Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001124843 Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001190266 Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon MED0001052799 Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

Specialist Plastic Surgeon MED0001405964 Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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