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.

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