AFRICAN AMERICAN RHINOPLASTY
ADDRESS UNIQUE CONCERNS WITH A DIFFERENT APPROACH TO NASAL SURGERY PROCEDURES IN WESTFIELD, NJ
Patients from all different racial and ethnic backgrounds come to Dr. Carlos Burnett hoping to make changes to their nose—one of the most distinguishing features on the face. Not only is the nose at the forefront, but it plays a critical role in overall facial harmony. The most subtle adjustment to its structure and shape can change the look of the entire face. For this reason, there’s no “cookie cutter” nose surgery. Every person’s procedure should take their specific features into account. For example, an African American rhinoplasty at NJ’s Burnett Plastic Surgery aims to preserve certain physical characteristics that are commonly seen in people who have a shared ethnic background while also enhancing the facial harmony and proportions of the nose.
Each person’s aesthetic goals and existing nasal features are unique, even among the same ethnic or racial group. There is no one “standard” type of rhinoplasty performed on everyone. Each African American rhinoplasty surgery is fully customized for the individual patient’s personal cosmetic concerns and goals.
AFRICAN AMERICAN RHINOPLASTY BASICS
Traditionally, rhinoplasty would aim to sculpt a more typically “western”-looking nose, but when it comes to modern nasal surgery, surgeons can now prioritize preserving the anatomy, identity, heritage, and aesthetic goals of each patient. Differences in perceptions of beauty and nasal anatomy among various cultural groups—as well as personal preference—should be considered in an African American rhinoplasty when deciding on the ideal size, shape, and appearance of the nose.
Any surgeon performing African American rhinoplasty must have the education, experience, and talent to adjust the nose in a way that is proportionate with the rest of the face while still maintaining the patient’s identity and ethnic heritage. At the same time, they should also focus on achieving pleasing, natural-looking results.
Dr. Carlos Burnett has been performing these procedures for years, drawing on his extensive medical experience to achieve contours that help his patients to see the results they have been seeking.
HOW CAN PATIENTS PREPARE FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN RHINOPLASTY?
The first step should be to set up a consultation with Dr. Burnett so that any changes a patient wishes to make, as well as their desired outcome, can be discussed in detail. He will assess your nose and face to evaluate your existing physical characteristics and put together a plan.
HOW IS AFRICAN AMERICAN RHINOPLASTY PERFORMED?
Dr. Burnett approaches each African American rhinoplasty procedure, as well as all other forms of nasal surgery, with the highest level of precision and attention to detail. Any form of rhinoplasty involves the strategic placement of incisions in the nose to allow access to internal structures for adjustment and re-shaping—and African American rhinoplasty surgery is no exception.
This form of surgery may involve the removal and repositioning of tissues. Sutures are then used to close these incisions and provide support for important structures of the nose as it heals.
African American rhinoplasty requires an in-depth understanding of the most suitable techniques that can be performed to alter the nose while also considering the effect these changes will have on the entire face.
Since there is a tendency for scars to form differently on darker skin compared to how they would on lighter skin tones, specific surgical techniques may be used to disguise any signs of incisions. Typically, incisions will be placed internally or on the creases on either side of the nostrils, where they will be covered or hidden in natural creases.
The goal for all African American rhinoplasty surgeries will be to deliver balanced, proportional results and help the patient achieve the results they want, rather than to conform to the aesthetic ideals associated with a different culture or ethnicity. The surgery may take several hours to be completed.
AFRICAN AMERICAN RHINOPLASTY AFTERCARE AND RESULTS
The recovery time for an African American rhinoplasty depends on the types of techniques and strategies that are used, as well as how extensive the surgery is. Any form of nose job will result in some bruising, swelling, and tenderness.
Patients should avoid strenuous activity or activities that could cause trauma to the face for several weeks after African American rhinoplasty. It will usually be safe for patients to return to their usual activities within two weeks, but great care should be taken to avoid contact sports and similar activities for longer.
The nose will continue to heal and become more defined within the course of one year. Dr. Burnett will provide each patient with specific instructions on aftercare.
WHAT ARE SOME OTHER FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY OPTIONS?
While an African American rhinoplasty is one facial procedure available, Burnett Plastic Surgery also offers other options for enhancing facial symmetry and proportions. For example, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) improves hooded or drooping eyelids to give the eyes a younger, more rested appearance.