What Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

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Great cosmetic surgery makes you look like a better version of yourself rather than like someone else. The term “ethnic rhinoplasty” hinges on the same idea – there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to shaping the ideal nose for each patient. At his Baltimore-area practice, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Ronald Schuster applies this individualized approach to every procedure he performs, including rhinoplasty surgeries

People of African, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Latino or Hispanic descent are increasingly rejecting archaic Caucasian beauty standards. At his practice, Dr. Schuster regularly works with patients of color who want to address specific cosmetic concerns while retaining the beautiful traits associated with their ethnic heritage. 

How Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty Different?

Traditional and ethnic rhinoplasty use the same surgical methods to reshape the nose. The main difference is that ethnic rhinoplasty pays extra attention to unique nasal structures and recognizes common variations between Caucasian and non-Caucasian noses. Sometimes this means maintaining, or creating a stronger higher dorsum. In others, it means producing a tip which is perhaps not as narrow. 

When working with any population, Dr. Schuster avoids a cookie-cutter approach. Instead, he considers your individual facial features and refines your nasal tip, nostrils, and bridge to suit your overall appearance. Rhinoplasty is one of Dr. Schuster’s favorite procedures to perform precisely because it is so individualistic. He stresses that communication is the key to getting a successful result. After carefully listening to your concerns and goals he will perform a thorough examination. He will then print photographs taken during your consultation, and draw on the copies in order to go over different options. He also welcomes photo from models, celebrities, and any others that can be brought by the patient that shows what your “inspiration” goals are. Together with all of this information Dr. Schuster will be able to make suggestions and explain what is needed to get you to your desired result. He will also be honest with you if he feels that he is unable to help, or if your goals might not be such a good idea.

What Should I Look For in a Plastic Surgeon?

2009 study on the increasing number of African American rhinoplasty patients found that most wanted nasal refinement while preserving their cultural identity. When looking for a provider, ask about his or her experience with ethnic rhinoplasty. A qualified surgeon typically has extensive experience working with patients of all races and understands how to shape each patient’s nose while avoiding racial incongruities. 

You should also look for a provider who is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, like Dr. Schuster. This gold-standard qualification indicates your surgeon has undergone additional rigorous training and examinations.

Schedule Your Ethnic Rhinoplasty Consultation Near Baltimore

If you want to correct cosmetic issues with your nose but don’t want to look like you’ve had work done, finding a surgeon familiar with ethnic rhinoplasty is key. In addition to heading his private practice, Dr. Schuster is Chief of the Plastic Surgery Division at Northwest Hospital Center in Baltimore County.

Dr. Schuster has extensive expertise in cosmetic procedures and non-surgical treatments, working with patients of all ethnicities, genders, and ages to create aesthetic results that let their unique beauty shine through. If you want to learn more about ethnic rhinoplasty procedures, contact our Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland practice at 410-902-9800 to book your consultation.



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