Having performed rhinoplasty for over 25 years, Dr. Brown has developed a profound understanding of facial proportion and harmony, regardless of the patient's ethnic background. In addition to discussing your goals during your pre-surgical consultation, he also examines the width and shape of your nose, the thickness of your skin and the bone structure of your face as well as other facial features to determine how much modification is required to achieve optimal improvement. It’s all about balance and harmony, and that can only be achieved by assessing your entire face.
While Dr. Brown customizes the surgical experience for every one of his patients, he has found that all seek an improvement that appears natural and harmonious with the rest of their facial features. Nobody wants to look like they’ve had something "done". This is of particular concern for patients who want to preserve their ethnicity, which is the case for patients seeking Asian rhinoplasty.
Even the smallest changes to your nasal bridge or the reshaping your nose can potentially alter your ethnic identity if not done properly. Dr. Brown understands how to improve your imperfections as a patient of Asian descent while still allowing your natural characteristics to remain.
Although every patient is different and unique, there are some general characteristics of the nose that may be shared amongst Asian patients. Asian patients, in general, have a broader nasal bridge due to shorter nasal bones. The nostrils and nasal tip may also be wider. Thicker skin is also a common trait that many share. These traits all impact the surgical techniques that are applied during the rhinoplasty procedure.
The Nostrils: Dr. Brown reduces the size or narrows the shape of the nostrils (alar base narrowing) without sacrificing the ethnic qualities of the Asian face. In alar base narrowing, restructuring the nostrils to create natural curves is performed with incisions that are placed into discreet areas of the nostril folds, leaving invisible scarring. Because no patient is exactly the same, the extent of correction depends on your preferred results.
The Nasal Tip: Often times, Asian patients express concerns about their nasal tip. They seek more projection and definition. Lack of projection is primarily due to weak or lack of cartilage. Dr. Brown can address this concern by reshaping the cartilage in the nose, or adding to it with a graft. The skin may also be modified.
The Nose Bridge: Due to a lack of cartilage or a short nose bone, the nasal bridge in some Asian patients may be broad and low. Dr. Brown can thin the bridge out slightly and redefine it by reshaping the bone.
Scarring: Scarring can be a concern for Asian patients who have thicker and more inelastic skin. Dr. Brown performs incisions inside the natural folds and creases of the nose, and if needed, inside the nose itself. This minimizes visible scarring.
One of the most important aspects of your Asian rhinoplasty is the pre-surgical consultation. You will have plenty of time to discuss your expectations at length with Dr. Brown. He always takes the time to answer all of your questions because he never wants you to rush into any procedure without being confident that you're making the right choice.
Dr. Brown knows that your ethnic features are what make you unique and beautiful. Your face tells your story. He will stay true to who you are by using the latest techniques, his extensive experience and knowledge to keep any changes looking natural and beautiful.
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