Asian Rhinoplasty
in Los Angeles


Asian Nose Surgery in LA, SF and Orange County

Asian Rhinoplasty is a technically challenging and delicate procedure that requires a skillful plastic surgeon who is both meticulous and has a keen eye for detail. However, the most important aspect of performing a Rhinoplasty is not the procedure itself, but to have a clear idea of the realistic expectations of the patient. A beautiful shape of the nose is important to a person because it stands at the center of the face, giving harmony to the overall facial appearance.

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Asian Rhinoplasty

When you come in for your consultation, we will listen carefully to your expectations in order to gauge how much augmentation is needed, as well as the type of treatment each area of your nose will need. We know how critical it is that you and your surgeon are on the same page, so please do not be afraid to ask questions or bring up any concerns.

Don’t waste time speaking with plastic surgeons who are unfamiliar with the anatomy of your type of nose. At Wave Plastic Surgery, we specialize in providing natural looking results for the growing Asian American community in Southern California. Give us a call today to speak with one of our trained plastic surgeons.

Rhinoplasty before and after photo
Rhinoplasty before and after photo
Rhinoplasty before and after photo

Asian Nose Surgery Offers Facial Enhancement Benefits

The majority of our East Asian patients in Los Angeles seeks nasal augmentation in contrast to Occidental or European patients who generally request a reduction. On average, the East Asian nose appears more triangular, the nasal bridge is typically flatter, the spine is often shorter and less defined, and the tip of the nose tends to be wider and less angular.

Southeast Asians typically benefit the most from augmentation of the bridge and length, while East Asians often request less, or even none at all. The desire for nostril reduction is also more frequent in Southeast Asians than those from the Northeast. Asian nose surgery can be more challenging because the cartilage is often more fragile and the overlying skin is thicker.

Asian Nose surgery also called RHINOPLASTY in Los Angeles Before and After Photo

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DCF Rhinoplasty

The goal of an Asian rhinoplasty is no longer just to increase the size of the nose as it was 20 years ago. With a greater understanding of the anatomy, we now augment the dorsum (bridge) separately, carefully defining and augmenting the tip of the nose using a separate, anatomical unit.  The nasal tip can be sculpted by manipulating the cartilages of the nose as well as augmenting it with cartilage from the septum and ear. 

The dorsum, which refers to the bony area of the nose that runs from between the eyes through the tip of the nose, can be augmented with either a synthetic implant made of silicone or EPTFE (Gore-Tex) or a graft made from the patient’s own tissue, referred to as diced cartilage fascia (DCF).

Unlike an implant which comes in pre-defined sizes and shapes, the DCF graft can be molded to the surgeon’s desire, much like a sculptor molding clay.

Once the DCF graft incorporates into the nose, it becomes a part of the patient and feels like part of the native nose and gives the nose a very natural look.

Although the risk of an infection of a synthetic implant is low, the risk remains present throughout the lifetime of the implant.  If the implant becomes infected, the body may not be able to clear the infection, even with antibiotics, requiring the removal of the implant.  One of the other advantages of the DCF graft is that it behaves like any other part of the patient’s own body.  Although exceedingly rare, a nasal infection with DCF can be treated with antibiotics like an infection to any other part of the body.

Frequently Asked Questions About Asian Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is commonly referred to as a nose job.  This type of nose surgery can be performed for cosmetic reasons to change the shape or look of a nose.  Or for medical reasons to improve its function due to birth defects or trauma, like a broken nose.

There are a variety of differences between Asian and Caucasian noses.  Some of the distinctions are the overall shape and bridge height.  Generally speaking, Asian noses are wider and flatter with a lower bridge height than many caucasian noses.
Diced Cartilage Fascia (DCF) grafting is a method for augmenting the bridge of the nose during cosmetic nose surgery.  When a person wants to increase the height of the bridge of their nose, this additional tissue can come from several places.  Many Asian clients don’t have enough cartilage in their nose to create one large graft.  So in DCF Rhinoplasty, cartilage is harvested from multiple locations and formed together into one smooth piece by a thin sheet of soft tissue (fascia).
While every case is different, people who undergo Asian rhinoplasty procedures typically want to raise the nasal bridge to improve the structure of the nose (making eyeglasses sit better on the face), narrow the nostrils, and refine the tip of the nose to make it less bulbous.

1 week after the Rhinoplasty procedure, the bruising and swelling will go down.  About a month after the procedure, you should be able to see the full benefits.  You will continue to see improvements for the next six months.

The average cost of rhinoplasty ranges from $3,000 to $11,000. The cost can vary greatly depending on the surgeon, where you are having the surgery performed, and how much of a change you desire.
If you have medically documented breathing issues, your health insurance may cover a portion of the Rhinoplasty procedure. You should always contact your healthcare provider in order to discuss the possibilities of coverage.
Patients are given general anesthesia during a Rhinoplasty procedure. The surgery itself is not painful. However, after the procedure, you may feel some discomfort. Patients usually experience moderate pain during the early stages of recovery.  A surgeon will prescribe pain relief medication for this brief period.

Usually, an Asian Rhinoplasty procedure takes about 2 to 4 hours, depending on how much work needs to be done.

Give us a call today to schedule your Asian Rhinoplasty consultation with one of our plastic surgeons at Wave Plastic Surgery.

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