Ethnic Rhinoplasty and Nasal Surgery

We believe that every patient is unique. Many plastic surgeons have limited experience working with patients of African, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Hispanic descent. This lack of experience with diverse ethnicities can often result in rhinoplasty procedures that produce incongruous results. Dr. Babak Azizzadeh and Dr. Jonathan Cabin, however, have the skills and experience necessary to create beautiful, elegant rhinoplasty results for every facial type and every ethnicity.

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Ethnic Rhinoplasty Overview

Ethnic Rhinoplasty is a term used to describe rhinoplasty procedures on non-caucasians. Among rhinoplasty surgeons, ideal nasal proportions have historically been based on Caucasian white females, and because of significant media biases, most non-Caucasian individuals have adopted Westernized standards when considering rhinoplasty. However, the standards of beauty have been gradually changing, and they are increasingly being defined by more multicultural standards. The current trend is to improve features while maintaining an ethnic look. As a result, 2 aesthetic standards of beauty — “ethnic” vs “Caucasian” — are inadequate. “Ethnic rhinoplasty,” in my point of view, is an outdated term.

There are tremendous differences among different ethnic groups, and there are significant variations within the same ethnic group of patients. Regardless of your background, we strive to maintain your ethnic look while improving outstanding features.

Here is what our team of expert physicians believe to be a good “non-Caucasian rhinoplasty” classification to consider for surgeons and patients. This is obviously not an all-inclusive list.

  • Caucasian: Anglo Saxon, Germanic, Latin (Greek, Roman, French), Slavic, Mediterranean
  • African American
  • Asian: North American, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Filipino
  • Middle Eastern: Persian/Iranian, Arab, Indian, Pakistani
  • Hispanic: Castilian, Mexican American, Mestizo

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How Do We Preserve Ethnic Identity?

Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin both strive to create a balanced aesthetic outcome that preserves the patient’s ethnic identity. They are both familiar with variations in facial and nasal anatomy and listen to the patient’s needs. Other important factors include the length of time that a person has lived in the United States and the level of assimilation. Within certain cultures, desired patient aesthetics are different depending on what country the patient has immigrated from. We do not want to box the patient into a generic ethnic rhinoplasty category. The aesthetic appearance of the nose must be in tune with the patient’s original racial features to achieve harmony.

Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin have noted several trends affecting non-Caucasians who seek nasal reshaping.

  • Ashley Simpson: The transformation of Ashley Simpson after her rhinoplasty has increased the desire to avoid creating a ski-slope nose in Middle Eastern and Hispanic patients.
  • Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson’s appearance had a significant effect on African American patients, who now want to avoid an overly aggressive Westernized nasal appearance. Most patients desire subtle changes to preserve a natural ethnic appearance.
  • The Asian population generally desires a more Westernized nose.
  • The Middle Eastern patient population no longer minds strong nasal profiles.
  • The Hispanic patient population generally wants noses that look finer and thinner but not necessarily bigger.
  • Non-Caucasians who present for revision rhinoplasty generally feel that they have lost their ethnic identity after primary rhinoplasty because of an overly resected profile (ski-slope appearance known as saddle nose deformity) and overly narrowed tip cartilages (pinched tip).

In conclusion, creating an ethnically appropriate nose is a paramount consideration when performing rhinoplasty in non-Caucasian patients (Figure). Special care must be taken to discuss these issues at length during the consultation process.

Rhinoplasty - Beverly Hills - AzizzadehCreating the Right Look for You

When you choose cosmetic surgery, it’s important to find a surgeon who can create a harmonious, balanced look that is right for you.

Unfortunately, many cosmetic surgeons have little experience working with a broad range of ethnicities. Without the experience, training, and aesthetic sense for the patient’s unique qualities, your rhinoplasty results are likely to appear incongruous and inharmonious with your overall appearance.

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Ethnicity and physiology

In addition to cosmetic differences among different ethnicities, there are physical differences to take into account as well. Factors that may differ significantly according to ethnicity include:

  • Thickness and fatty content of the skin can vary significantly by ethnicity
  • The angle at which the nose projects from the skull, referred to as the radix or root, varies among different ethnic groups
  • The nasal bridge, or top part of the nose, can vary in size, proportion, and angle
  • The tip, or end of the nose, can differ in size, shape, and proportion
  • The base and nostrils may vary in angle, thickness, and shape
  • The nasolabial junction, where the base of the nose meets the upper lip, is typically different among different ethnic groups
  • The maxilla, or the upper jaw that connects to the nose, can vary in size, shape, and placement

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Ethnic Rhinoplasty Before and After Pictures

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Ethnic Rhinoplasty Consultation with Dr Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin

To get the best possible rhinoplasty results, it is important that you choose a surgeon like Beverly Hills plastic surgeons Dr. Babak Azizzadeh and Dr. Jonathan Cabin who have the experience and the skills necessary to evaluate all of these and other factors in planning and completing your cosmetic work.

revision rhinoplasty - 3d imaging - dr. azizzadehIn our unique Comprehensive Ethnic Rhinoplasty Consultation, our rhinoplasty experts will spend a significant amount of time discussing your aesthetics and functional concerns. Your history will be reviewed in detail. A careful nasal and facial exam will be conducted in conjunction with state of the art 3D digital imaging. Special attention will be made to the lips and chin, as these features can have a significant impact on the perception of the nose. Three dimensional Vectra photographic system is used to devise a plan that is most appropriate and to ensure you and our expert physicians agree on the desired results.

Ultimately, Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin will create a custom treatment plan using a systematic approach. Several components are evaluated and addressed:

  • Age
  • Ethnicity
  • Skin thickness
  • Nasal profile
  • Frontal aesthetics of the nose
  • Tip and base of the nose
  • Nasal-lip relationship
  • Nasal-chin relationship
  • History of trauma
  • Breathing system: septum, nasal valves, turbinates, allergies, sinus disease (Note, if you do have a complex breathing problem Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin can consult with Dr. Larian, another ENT specialist.)

An Open or Closed Surgical Approach?

An open or closed surgical approach may be used, it depends on the level of complexity and the areas that need to be addressed. An open rhinoplasty involves making a minimal incision between the nostrils and opening the nasal cavities in order to carry out work. This allows a greater degree of precision from the surgeon. A closed rhinoplasty allows surgeons to operate through the nostrils. This technique is excellent for individuals who require mainly ‘bridge’ modifications. The main decision you will need to make is whether your rhinoplasty is to be open, or closed, and the technique you and your rhinoplasty surgeon settle on will depend on a number of factors:

  1. What you would like to achieve from your rhinoplasty – are you looking to restructure the bridge of your nose? Change the shape of the tip? Alter your nostrils?
  2. Do you require a reconstructive approach – if you have breathing difficulties or a structural abnormality then this technique will be optimal for fixing that.
  3. How do you feel about the surgery and recovery time from rhinoplasty nasal surgery? How much improvement could you receive from a non-surgical approach?

Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin will help you weight the pros and cons of each option.

Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin use advanced techniques to correct nostril disproportion.

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Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin use advanced techniques to correct alar pinching.

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What to Expect Before and After Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgery


The week prior to the surgery, a pre-op appointment is scheduled in order to review the surgical plan and assure that all the patient’s questions are answered. At that point, pre and postoperative instructions will be given to the patient and reviewed in detail until you are 100% comfortable.

Rhinoplasty nose surgery is usually an outpatient procedure. The recovery time generally lasts between 1-2 weeks. The patient will have a splint on the nose, which will be removed one week later. Most patients will not have nasal packing, and are able to return to work and normal activity within 7-10 days. Following the surgery, Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin will see the patient several times in the first 10 days. The patient will thereafter be seen every 3 months for one year and annually after that. Follow up is a critical component of rhinoplasty, as the nose will continue to improve over the first 12 months. Rhinoplasty, unlike all other cosmetic procedures requires a long-term commitment by the surgeon and the patient in order to ensure a successful and satisfactory outcome.


The outcome of rhinoplasty relies on precise techniques to improve the aesthetics and breathing function of the nose. Preoperative planning is paramount to a successful outcome.

Dr. Azizzadeh, Dr. Cabin and their knowledgeable and caring staff can help answer all of your questions. If you’re traveling to Beverly Hills for your rhinoplasty, check out our blog.

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Meet Our Surgeons

Dr. Jonathan Cabin, M.D.

Dr. Jonathan Cabin is a board certified facial plastic surgeon with dual sub-specialty training in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. After his training at Yale, Dr. Cabin went on to complete an elite Facial Plastic Surgery fellowship, offered to only one surgeon each year. Dr. Cabin’s extensive knowledge and keen eye for aesthetics make him one of the most sought after physicians in Los Angeles. Dr. Cabin has published multiple textbook chapters and peer review articles and continues to contribute to the field through his philanthropic trips to treat patients in Peru and China.

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Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, M.D.

Dr. Azizzadeh is world renowned facial plastic surgeon who is double board certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Azizzadeh has become widely regarded for his superior level of expertise and his contributions to the field of facial plastic surgery. His prestigious training at both UCLA and Harvard Medical School give him a unique insight into both facial function and aesthetics. Dr. Azizzadeh has written multiple textbooks including the popular consumer guidebook Beverly Hills Beauty Secrets and has been featured in a variety of media outlets like The Doctors, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and both the LA and NY Times.

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textbooks - plastic surgery - dr. azizzadehIf you’ve made the decision to have rhinoplasty surgery, you may be feeling unsure of what to do next. There are lots of things to organize, from taking time off work to finding the right plastic surgeon. The truth is that preparation and research are both key to a happy outcome with rhinoplasty, and in this guide we’ll be taking you through the three main points that you should be considering before your surgery.

Download Dr. Azizzadeh’s special report on the 3 most important things you need to know about rhinoplasty procedures.

Dr. Azizzadeh is a plastic surgeon that treats people in the Beverly Hills and Los Angeles, California area. If you would like to learn more about ethnic rhinoplasty, or any of his other face, eye, or nose procedures, please contact Dr. Azizzadeh and Dr. Cabin to set up an initial consultation. We offer phone consultations for out-of-town patients if you are interested.

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