Frequently Asked Questions on Natural Ethnic Rhinoplasty Answered

Recent studies gathered by the American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery (AAFPRS) revealed a 10% increase in facial plastic surgery for African American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino patients with rhinoplasty as the most popular procedure. Double board certified plastic surgeon Dr. David Whiteman has served the Atlanta area for over 20 years and understands the importance of achieving long-lasting, natural results specific to his patient’s aesthetic goals and body structure.

Plastic Surgery in Atlanta GAHe has developed a natural “implantless rhinoplasty technique” to achieve the best results tailored to complement the different cultural traits among his ethnic patients. To help patients learn more about his natural technique, he’s answered a few frequently asked questions about ethnic rhinoplasty:

Q.) What is an “implantless technique” for rhinoplasty?

Instead of using silicone implants or other artificial materials, I graft my patient’s own skin, bone, and tissue to augment areas of their nose. Using the patient’s own materials significantly reduces the risk of complications and provides a more natural-looking result. Ethnic patients’ nose structures are all different so implants may be ineffective. For example, Hispanic patients have slightly weaker nasal bridges and African-American patients have more fibrous tissue, which both may not effectively support a facial implant.

Q.) Why is using my own tissue better than implants for facial plastic surgery?

By using your own tissue, your risk of post-operative complications is greatly reduced. Instead of using a foreign substance, the body’s natural bone, cartilage, fat, and tissue can be used without high risk of infection or rejection. Also, rhinoplasty results tend to be more subtle and natural-looking than those created with an implant.

Q.) Will my downtime be shorter by avoiding implants in rhinoplasty?

The risk of complications is reduced, but the downtime associated with your procedure is dependent on your individual rhinoplasty procedure. By following prescribed aftercare instructions, attending follow-up appointments, and avoiding strenuous activity, many patients can gradually return to regular activity after a week.

Q.) Are there any non-surgical options to restore areas of lost volume?

To address lost volume for the face, we provide minimally invasive facial fillers including Juvéderm®, Expression® and Restylane® to restore thinning areas that show wrinkles and fine lines with little to no downtime. Fillers can improve the appearance of nasolabial folds and the cheeks for a more balanced, youthful result. They can also be administered to the nasal dorsum as a non-surgical alternative for rhinoplasty. As an alternative to grafting cartilage for the nose, facial fillers can be used to restore the same volume.

If you’re interested in facial plastic surgery or other procedures, please contact us today. Also be sure to connect with Southern Plastic Surgery on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates.

Using Implantless Techniques in Ethnic Rhinoplasty

According to a study conducted by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, rhinoplasty (nose surgery) was the most popular facial cosmetic procedure in 2011 with 244,000 procedures performed. Rhinoplasty in Atlanta, GA can resolve both cosmetic and reconstructive concerns, but it remains one of the more challenging procedures that Dr. David Whiteman performs due to complex bone and cartilage structures found in the nose.  Serving the diverse Atlanta community for almost 20 years, Dr. David Whiteman recognizes that rhinoplasty must be performed with expert precision, especially to preserve cultural identities.

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Traditional rhinoplasty techniques may not yield natural-looking results for African-American/Black, Hispanic/Latino, or Asian patients because skin, bone, and tissue structure all vary in ethnic rhinoplasty in Atlanta, GA. For example, African-American patients tend to have more fibrous tissue, shorter nasal bones, and weaker cartilage than Caucasian/White patients. Hispanic patients have a wider base but weaker cartilage and nasal bridges, and Asian patients generally have smaller noses with a straight bridge. For these reasons, Dr. Whiteman exercises different techniques to rebuild the nose and reduce the risk of Keloids, or hypertrophic scarring.

To produce more natural results and reduce the risk of complications, Dr. Whiteman performs an implantless technique that grafts the patient’s own bone and cartilage from his or her body to reshape the nose. For Asian rhinoplasty, implants can be ineffective because the bridge is more narrow and may not support the implant well. Cartilage grafts can define and lift areas of the nose to create a stronger, more refined appearance.

To ensure the best results, Dr. Whiteman reminds all of his patients to ask questions and request before and after photos during their plastic surgery consultation. If you are interested in rhinoplasty or any other procedures available at Southern Plastic Surgery, contact us today to schedule a consultation. Also be sure to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ for the latest news and updates.