or nose reshaping
is possible to maintain your ethnic looks
A nose job (or rhinoplasty, as doctors like to
call it) is a very popular plastic surgery
procedure among both men and women of all
Ashlee Simpson created a lot of buzz with her nose
job. But the nose is rather unique
to each race. Plastic surgeons have now
improved techniques so that a person can maintain
a look that goes with her/his appearance.
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surgical nose reshaping)
||Nose reshaping, the number one cosmetic plastic surgery procedure, has become popular in people of all races, particularly African-Americans. The general notion of a "standard of beauty," however, has stepped aside, encouraging African-Americans to retain their unique ethnic characteristics while improving their overall look, according to an article published in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Similarly, due to the diversity of ethnicities that make up the Hispanic population, nose reshaping is not a "one size fits all" solution for Latinas interested in plastic surgery of the nose.
Because of the varied backgrounds and the enormous anatomical diversity,
Hispanic nose reshaping can be classified into three types, each of which require a different surgical approach. The
"Mestizo" nose is a mixture of the European and Indian populations. The "Castilian" nose represents a Spanish European nose with characteristics most resembling the Caucasian nose, while the "Mexican American" nose represents a combination of the Mestizo and Castilian nose.
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With this shift in attitude, plastic surgeons who appreciate ethnic concepts of beauty and the unique anatomic characteristics of the African-American nose can create the most consistent and best results, the study maintains. "The beauty of our patientsí ethnicity should shine through after nose reshaping, not be suppressed," said Rod Rohrich, MD, co-author of the study.
Standards of beauty infused in our society from mass media are, in general, those of Northern Europe. These nasal aesthetics are characterized by a straight, narrow bridge, a well-defined projecting nasal tip and refined nostrils. The African-American nose generally has a wide, depressed bridge, a poorly defined tip and flared nostrils, according to Dr. Rohrich. "Clearly, if the standards of Caucasian beauty were applied to African-American patients, unrealistic expectations may occur with inconsistent results," commented Dr. Rohrich. "Therefore, plastic surgeons treating African-American patients must understand what constitutes the characteristics of the African-American nose and how it relates to the African-American face, allowing them to achieve results that work best with those features."
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||For a successful procedure, it is imperative that surgeons first assess whether the African American patient wants to look more like the "accepted standard of beauty" or achieve a more attractive nose without losing ethnic character, according to the study. This preoperative patient assessment can avoid postoperative issues caused by patient misunderstanding. Clarifying this objective will help the surgeon determine preoperatively if the patient has realistic surgical goals.
for nose in African Americans)
Second, the surgeon must understand that superimposed on the general features are wide-ranging variations in individual anatomy and the relationship of the nose with the rest of the
African- American face, the study asserts. It is important for surgeons to take into consideration the harmony and balance between the nose and face, reviewing the nose from both the front and side, ensuring it matches the unique facial characteristics of each patient.
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