Surgical Approach to Latin American Rhinoplasty in NYC
Characteristics of a “Latin American” Nose
Like with any ethnicity, there are specific characteristics that define the Latin American appearance and, particularly, the Latin American nose. Among the most common complaints Dr. Westreich hears from Latin American patients who consult his expertise when considering a nose job are:
Thick Nasal Skin
- Thick nasal skin often results in a nose that appears flattened with a poorly defined tip. One of the ways Dr. Westreich can overcome thick nasal skin is by refining the nasal tip and bridge. Depending on your condition, Dr. Westreich may employ either sutures or grafts to reshape your nose and thus tighten the structures beneath the overlaying skin. Also, he may suggest adding projection to the tip or bridge in order to create the illusion of a smaller nose, using structure that helps to stretch thick skin.
A Dorsal Hump That Affects the Hispanic Nasal Profile
- Straightening a dorsal hump largely depends on the patient’s particular anatomy and the nature of the hump. Dr. Westreich will assess how much of the hump is composed of cartilage and bone, respectively, and thereby make a decision on how to move forward with the process. Using the techniques of a closed rhinoplasty, he will either smooth the bridge of your nose by shaving down the top of the septum or erase the hump by filing down the nasal bones. Latin Americans often only have a slight bump on their bridge which is accentuated by an underprojected tip.
Nostrils That Appear Overly Flared
- Wide nostrils are among the most common marks of the Latin American nose, and can make a person look unnecessarily angry. In order to reduce the space in the nostrils and thereby provide you with a more balanced look, Dr. Westreich will use either a wedge excision or a nasal sill excision. The incision will be made at the alar base of the nose and will be strategically placed by Dr. Westreich to be the least visible after healing.
Undefined Nasal Tip
- Excess cartilage concentrated in the upper tip of the nose can create an unrefined or bulbous tip. Dr. Westreich will most likely re-design your nasal tip using cartilage grafts and sutures to recontour the tip cartilages themselves. Latino noses are typically underprojected and under rotated. Cartilage grafts at the base of the nose add strength and long term stability, as well as helping to lift and give height to the nose, making it look narrower.
Thick nasal skin, a prominent dorsal hump, wide nostrils, a wide alar base and a bulbous tip are all features that can detract from a patient’s overall appearance and make a person unhappy with the way he/ she looks. Though these characteristics may not be consistent across the board, it is important to acknowledge ethnic features specific to the Latin American nose in order to plan your rhinoplasty surgery accordingly. Dr. Westreich, who has been practicing in NYC for over a decade, will expertly design the best surgical approach and construct a new nose that will look best for you. Your nose job will enhance your entire look, highlighting your surrounding features and making the features of your face such as your eyes, cheeks, and lips appear more harmonious.
Choose Dr. Westreich for Your Latin American Nose Job in New York City
The Latin American nose has unique characteristics that require an expert hand and extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and the best rhinoplasty techniques. A Latin American nose job must be treated differently than other nose jobs. A double board certified facial surgeon like Dr. Westreich will distinguish the techniques of the Latin American rhinoplasty from a traditional, Caucasian rhinoplasty as well as from an Asian or African American rhinoplasty.
The main objective, as with any nose job, should be to make the most favorable changes that are in line with the patient’s needs and objectives. Dr. Westreich is proud of his ability to enhance his patients’ self-esteem and confidence in their appearance. With ethnic nose jobs, the main distinction is that the doctor should be aware not to compromise the patient’s ethnic identity. Dr. Westreich does not want to erase or detract from your cultural background. Instead, like in any surgery he performs, he is committed to obtaining natural results, so that your new nose is completely in line with the rest of your facial features. Schedule a consultation appointment at our Manhattan office and come see why Dr. Westreich was voted one of the “Best Doctors of 2014” by New York Magazine.