Dr. Serhan Derin, born in 1982, is a seasoned ENT specialist who graduated from Ankara University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Kocaeli University in 2010. Dr. Derin is a highly skilled surgeon specializing in functional and cosmetic nose surgeries, including Primary Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, Ethnic Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, Septorhinoplasty, Nasal Valve Surgery, and Sinus Surgery.
- Introduction: Ethnic rhinoplasty
- Part 1: What is ethnic rhinoplasty?
- Part 2: African American ethnic rhinoplasty
- Part 3: Asian rhinoplasty
- Part 4: Hispanic rhinoplasty (you’re reading this)
- Part 5: Middle Eastern rhinoplasty
- Part 6: Wide nose ethnic rhinoplasty
- Part 7: Ethnic rhinoplasty cost
- Part 8: Ethnic rhinoplasty in Turkey
Part 4: Hispanic rhinoplasty
Welcome to the fourth part of our guide on ethnic rhinoplasty.
We will discuss here Hispanic rhinoplasty.
Your Hispanic nose is unique as your fingerprint. As there are different nose characteristics among various ethnicities, Hispanic rhinoplasty requires an individualized approach. Mostly asking for a smaller nose and a natural look are common requests for Hispanics.
In this article, we explained every little detail of Hispanic rhinoplasty including what Hispanic rhinoplasty is, who needs it, what can you achieve, and the challenges of the surgery. So, let’s start with the first question, “what does Hispanic rhinoplasty mean?”.
What is Hispanic rhinoplasty?
Hispanic nose job is a specialized nose surgery for the Hispanic or Latino populations. It helps you change the shape of your nose without endangering your ethnic features. It can be performed with open or closed rhinoplasty techniques. The methods in Hispanic rhinoplasty generally focus on the wide nose structures and ill-defined tips.
Some other things that can be achieved with Hispanic rhinoplasty are reducing a dorsal hump, and lifting up a flat-looking nasal bridge. The surgery gives you such good results that you will both get to keep your Hispanic heritage and enhance your nose beauty.
The challenging part and the reason why there is a Hispanic rhinoplasty branch is the insufficient techniques of traditional rhinoplasty on Hispanic people’s nasal features.
Who is it good for?
For Hispanic or Latino people, located all around the world from Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and of course Spain, Hispanic nose surgery can help to attain the desired nose shape. Anyone who is over 16 years old, and in good health conditions, whether man or woman, can benefit from Hispanic rhinoplasty to:
- Reduce broad base and hump
- Define poorly defined tip
- Project nasal features
- Protect ethnic heritage
- Address any breathing issue
What type of nose do Hispanics have?
Hispanic and Latino people have many different facial features, ranging from a dorsal hump, and droopy nasal tip to a long nasal bridge and bulbous tip. To address all the needs of Hispanic rhinoplasty patients, they are divided into three groups according to their nose features:
The reason behind this variation is immigration and intermarriages. While Castilians have more in common with Caucasians, Mestizos have the opposite traits. Mexican-Americans, however, fall in between the two because of their shared features with both Castilians and Mestizos.
Castilian nose features
Castilians are the ones that exhibit the most Caucasian nose features with slight differences. They present dorsal humps and droopy nasal tips, the nostrils are less flaring.
Reducing the dorsal hump is a general demand for Castilians followed by slightly reducing the width of the bridge and the nostrils.
For Castilians to have the aesthetically pleasing nose they desire, surgeons must ensure every part of the nose is balanced and harmonious with each other.
Mestizo nose features
Mestizo means mixed in some Spanish slang and perfectly explains their nasal features. There are so many different variations for Mestizo’s noses, but still, we can talk about some unique features. Bulbous tip, short nasal bridge, and low radix are some of them.
Building a strong structure is one of the most important aims of rhinoplasty surgery for Mestizo people.
Mexican-American nose features
Mexican-Americans are in the middle between Castilians and Mestizos. It is possible to see wide nasal features, a bulbous nasal tip, and long nasal bridge structures in Mexican Americans. To address all the issues of Mexican Americans, surgeons need to make a thorough examination and listen to their patient’s demands carefully.
Communication is the key factor to giving Mexican-Americans the exact thing that they ask, as there are lots of different variations within their genetic nasal features.
What can you achieve with Hispanic rhinoplasty?
With the help of Hispanic rhinoplasty, you can achieve lots of different demands and goals depending on the nose type. First of all, it is possible to fix the broad nose without any compromise. In traditional rhinoplasty surgery, you might not get the correct amount of reduction over your nasal bridge, tip, or on your nostrils.
Here we explained some of the cosmetic goals of this ethnic surgery. With the help of Hispanic rhinoplasty, you can achieve:
- Well-defined nasal tip
- Preserved genetic heritage
- Better-functioning nose improved breathing
- Soft look with a smooth-edged bridge
- Prominent look with a straight-lined bridge
What makes Hispanic rhinoplasty challenging?
Forming the desired result in any ethnic rhinoplasty is not a simple task for surgeons. For Hispanic rhinoplasty, they must make personalized corrections to your nose features.
Every Hispanic has a distinct nasal structure and each Hispanic subgroup demands different approaches. Here we explain why a Hispanic rhinoplasty can be so challenging.
- Protecting natural appearance while reducing the nasal bridge size
- Considering weak tip cartilage while reducing your nose size
- Addressing the skin thickness for sustainable results
- Using different cartilage grafts to make your nose stronger
- Taking extra precautions to fasten the healing process
Years of experience in the field and knowledge of Hispanic anatomy are necessary to perform these procedures without any complications.
What are the surgical approaches to Hispanic rhinoplasty?
To achieve the well-defined and strongly constructed nose the patient asks for, surgeons need to know the important nuances. One of which is undoubtedly the thick skin. Subtle changes are required to address the thick skin to prevent any problem that can occur after the surgery.
Here we will give more details about the surgery while explaining the needs for different subtypes of Hispanic rhinoplasty.
The dorsum is the nasal bridge and the longest part of your nose. It is one of the most noticeable elements on one’s nose. Any adjustments to the nasal bridge of Hispanic rhinoplasty patients include reduction or augmentation techniques. This means surgeons get it smaller or bigger to adjust the components of your nasal bridge.
Most of the time it is Castilians who need reduction on their dorsal hump or bump while some Mexican-Americans might seek the same things as well. In some cases, instead of reducing the bridge, addressing the low-radix might be necessary. Mestizos, on the other hand, need augmentation on their nasal bridge. The width of the nasal bridge can be found broad for most Hispanic patients though.
Surgeons modify the dorsal hump to make it more appealing to patients’ demands. Surgeons should have talked about the amount of reduction or augmentation before the surgery as it is generally patients’ preference to have a smooth lining bridge or a slightly curvy one.
The tip of the nose is the most challenging part of the nose to improve. Making adjustments to the tip includes adding cartilage, and reducing its size by removing some parts since it is generally bulbous for Hispanics. The main challenge is to give a smaller nose without compromising the nose structure as Hispanics generally have weak cartilage on the tip (2).
Surgeons use cartilage grafting and suturing techniques to keep your tip strong enough to prevent any complications after the surgery. The cartilage in your septum (the wall between your nostrils), ear, and rib can be used as spare parts. While placing these extra parts surgeons make sure there will be enough space for breathing and care for the aesthetic concerns as well.
Droopy nasal tips of Castilians are generally fixed with suturing techniques that narrow the nose structure. As to Mestizos and Mexican-American noses, their needs might be a combination of grafting and suturing together.
In general, narrowing and building a strong structure is essential in any tip refinements in Hispanic noses.
As a general rule for Hispanic patients, reducing the wide nostrils is a game-changing factor. To give you a smaller and well-fitting nose to your other facial elements, surgeons make calculations on both of your nose edges and reduce it symmetrically.
The cause of the width is called nose flaring, and to reduce it surgeons make wedge excision. In common language, they cut some skin parts from the base of your nostrils to make it look smaller, which is alar base reduction. Alar base reduction is generally done at the end of the surgery and should be symmetrical on both sides in order to avoid permanent imperfections.
Defatting for skin thickness reduction
Most Hispanic people have thicker skin compared to some other ethnicities. That is because of the fatty nasal skin layer. In any rhinoplasty surgery, thick skin is a problematic situation as it can hide the results of the surgery. There are a couple of things that surgeons apply before or during the operation to address the thick skin problem.
The doctor may recommend medical solutions to thick-skinned patients before the surgery. With the help of a dermatologist using some medicines might thinner your skin. Another solution to thick skin requires surgical experience, which is fat excision. During the operation, the surgeon separates the thick fat layer from the other layers of skin. (3)
Either way, skin defatting will improve the beauty of your nose and the results will be more satisfying without the complications.
The recovery time from a Hispanic rhinoplasty is not so different than a traditional rhinoplasty with some slight differences. One of the differences is the longer swelling period. Swelling is a common side effect of any rhinoplasty surgery. For Hispanics, it can be longer than normal procedure due to the thick skin.
Your surgeon might keep your nasal tape after the procedure a bit longer to help with the swelling in the long term. Besides eating less salty food, keeping away from sunlight, and using steroids under your doctor’s supervision will also help you reduce the swelling (4).
Apart from swelling, returning to your normal life after the surgery might take 3 to 4 weeks. After the first three months, you can also return to your mild exercises. Be mindful to use sun protection when you are exercising outside.
You may ask, “how long does it take to fully recover from rhinoplasty?”. The full recovery from the surgery usually takes 6 months to a year.
Before you go…
Hispanic rhinoplasty is a unique type of ethnic nose surgery, with individualized approaches for people from all parts of the world who have Spanish ancestry. This includes Castilian, Mestizo, and Mexican-American variations.
While there are some common features like skin thickness and low radix, getting a smaller or a bigger nose mostly depends on which nose type you have and requires completely different techniques.
Considering all this information and the needs of every Hispanic, getting a well-defined, natural-looking, and fully functional nose is far away from a dream with a Hispanic rhinoplasty. Gracias por leer nuestro artículo.
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