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Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Denver, CO

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While many celebrate the unique facial features associated with their ethnicity, some may want to change some aspects of their nose while keeping their cultural identity. Ethnic rhinoplasty is a difficult and specialized nose surgery that alters the size and shape of the nose for a better appearance or function, but maintains ethnic variations. Dr. Manish Shah in Denver, is an experienced, masterful plastic surgeon who has studied the skills and techniques needed to perform a beautiful ethnic rhinoplasty that will improve the patient's confidence. Dr. Manish Shah takes each patient’s individual wants and needs into consideration. There is no “one-size-fits-all” nose. In years past, many African Americans, Hispanics and Asians steered clear of rhinoplasty procedures for fear it would “anglicize” them and alienate them from their culture. In recent years, more and more ethnic groups are coming forward to embrace rhinoplasty procedures as they see it is possible to retain their ethnicity while still achieving the results desired.

Anatomical Differences

One of the most significant differences among different ethnicities is the nose. The structures of the nose are different between Caucasians, Hispanics, African Americans, Middle Easterners and Asians. It’s important for patients to find a cosmetic surgeon that understands the patient’s cultural differences and will create beautifully balanced, aesthetic results without compromising their ethnicity.

African American Rhinoplasty

The typical shape of an African American nose includes an increased width, definition loss, and lack of projection. Most cosmetic surgeons are asked to build dorsal height, define the nasal tip through thick skin and create a more symmetrical appearance. However, these requests are challenging to achieve because of an African American’s anatomy and heterogeneity.

Hispanic Rhinoplasty

Cosmetic surgeons have mastered surgical techniques for Hispanic rhinoplasty. Most patients seek a narrowing or augmenting of the nasal dorsum, nasal tip definition, nasal rotation and an increase in projection. A highly skilled cosmetic surgeon knows how to achieve the patient’s desired results while maintaining Hispanics’ multiethnic origin and migration patterns.

Selecting the Right Surgeon

It’s crucial for patients to choose an ethnic rhinoplasty specialist with the skill and experience to perform a complex procedure. The ideal surgeon should have a full understanding of ethnic and cultural differences in the anatomy of the nose. Higher levels of practice increase the chances of better surgical results. 

During/After Surgery

As a complex procedure, ethnic rhinoplasty is a 1-to-2-hour, outpatient procedure performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. Patients will need to wear a nose splint during the recovery process to help control bruising and swelling around the eyes and nose. Patients can expect final results a full year after surgery.


This blog gives you all the information you might want about the most difficult procedure in cosmetic surgery, written by Manish H. Shah, MD, FACS, a specialist in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, and ethnic rhinoplasty surgery located in Denver, Colorado.

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Ethnic Rhinoplasty FAQs

Will I Look Different?

Yes, ethnic rhinoplasty will alter a patient’s facial appearance. However, a vastly experienced cosmetic surgeon uses surgical techniques to create a natural appearance that maintains the patient’s cultural and ethnic features that make them happy.

Break My Nose?

Even though breaking the nose is a common technique, it is not required. For some patients, a fracture allows the surgeon to perform certain functions and techniques that may not be accessible without a fracture.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty Philosophy?

Denver is becoming an ethnically diverse part of the Western United States. Many of Dr. Shah's patients are non-Caucasian. Each culture has it’s own definition of beauty and Dr. Shah loves the challenge of meeting that definition of beauty while retaining a patient’s ethnic identity. It is important for ethnic patients to understand that Dr. Shah will make the best nose possible out of their unique anatomical 

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