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 South 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. 

Ethnic rhinoplasty surgery performed by Dr. Shah for Denver, CO-area patients is a specific form of rhinoplasty (or nose job) that focuses on modifying the nose to better suit the patient's ethnic background while preserving their cultural and ethnic identity. Here are several potential benefits:

  • Improved breathing and nasal function
  • Preserving your unique ethnic heritage and appearance
  • Boosting self-confidence
  • Customized surgery and results
  • Takes unique facial structure and tissues into account

The best candidates for ethnic rhinoplasty at Shah Aesthetic Surgery are individuals from diverse ethnic backgrounds who want to improve the aesthetic appearance of their nose while preserving their unique ethnic features. They may have concerns such as a wide nasal bridge, a bulbous or rounded nasal tip, or asymmetry. Suitable candidates should have realistic expectations and a clear understanding of the procedure's limitations. Good overall health is vital for a successful surgery and recovery.

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.

Returning Patient!!! TUMMY TUCK and In-Office Rhinoplasty - Denver, CO - Dr. Shah is the best of the best. I trust the man with my life. I have never met anybody that really cares about his patients well being as much as he does.

H. RealSelf

I went to Dr. Shah 2 years ago for a rhinoplasty I'm of mix race so was kinda cautious at first with ethnic rhinoplasty that was my biggest concern . he already knew excatly what type of nose I wanted and would fit my face and it was excatly what I had a vision of in my mind. My nose looks amazing 2 years later hes very good with ethnic rhinoplasty....hes a amazing guy and very talent with his gift .I would highly recommend him. The staff is wonderful as well.

L.M. Google

I’ve had many cosmetic procedures done over the years. This man here is an artist! I’m sure I will be visiting his office for other things from now on. No need to travel far anymore. Best ethnic rhinoplasty!

J.G. Google

Absolute expert for Rhinoplasty - Dr. Shah is a very talented Doctor, especially when it comes to the Rhinoplasty procedure. When you visit his office, your are welcomed and feel at ease. Dr. Manish Shah takes his time and really listens to your needs/desires for the selected procedure. He customizes and sculpts noses in an amazing way so that it looks completely authentic and natural. Dr. Shah takes his time and pays very close attention to when it comes to detail and his patients'. If you are considering a Rhinoplasty procedure, I'd highly recommend Dr. Manish Shah. This procedure has changed my life in a positive way and more than satisfied with my results.

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Hello my name is Chhun called Rasy, I am very happy with my nose surgery done with Dr. Shah. He did a very excellent job of my final nose. Before I met him I've been travel to My country in Cambodia , Vietnam , Thailand and back to America to fix my nose and non of them could fix my nose jobs.. My experience of getting my nose job been 5 times and it's was very dangerous and unhappy procedure in the last 10 years. And before I final choose Dr. Shah in Denver , I've been research and go visiting consulting about 5 Dr. In Denver and None of them giving me a very good answer and didn't make feel safe or happy with one of them and I almsost hopeless and disappointed . But I found Dr. Shah and I decided to choose him to fix my nose . Everything about him is all make feel so confident and happy of my nose so now I do love my nose and very happy of all his work !! I recommend go to him of Rhyno Plastic Surgery. He is the Best!!! Oh by the way he very detail explaination of what you want to hear and very friendly so finally after my 5 times of my nose surgery now I am very happy !! Thank you to Dr. Shah all your hard work on my nose !!!!

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Rhinoplasty is a great solution to address the displeasure you may feel when looking at your facial profile, but not all regular rhinoplasties are suitable for everyone. At Shah Aesthetic Surgery, ethnic rhinoplasty considers the unique nasal structures and aesthetics of different ethnic backgrounds. If you're dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose or experiencing breathing problems, ethnic rhinoplasty at our Denver, CO-area practice may help solve your issues and keep your culture’s wonderful look intact. We invite you to contact Dr. Shah’s team and schedule a consultation.


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 South Denver.

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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 

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.