Understanding the unique anatomy of Asian noses is crucial for a facial plastic surgeon to deliver satisfying results for Asian patients who choose to have rhinoplasty. In the San Francisco Bay Area, few surgeons can match the experience and training of Dr. Chase Lay in performing Asian rhinoplasty. At his San Jose practice, Dr. Lay takes the time to understand your individual needs, earning your trust in a relaxed environment.
If you live in San Francisco or the Bay Area and are researching rhinoplasty surgeons, please request a consultation with Dr. Lay. Or, you can call his office at (408) 358-3888 to schedule an appointment.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Asian Rhinoplasty?
Asian patients who undergo rhinoplasty typically are seeking to augment their noses, unlike non-Asian patients who generally want smaller, shorter noses. In any rhinoplasty, the ultimate goal is balanced facial features, so it’s important to select a specialist such as Dr. Lay, whose pioneering work in Asian facial plastic surgery places him in an exclusive group of North American surgeons performing this procedure. Certain traits are common for anyone seeking cosmetic surgery. You should:
- Be in good overall health
- Have realistic expectations
- Not be a smoker
Additionally, people who want Asian rhinoplasty usually want to correct one or more of the following issues:
- A flat bridge with little definition
- Nostrils that appears too wide for their face
- A nasal tip that’s too big or too round
You may also be a good candidate for non-surgical rhinoplasty, a treatment accomplished with dermal fillers that can be an excellent way to improve the definition of your nasal bridge, or fill a depressed area.
What Should I Expect?
Your consultation is as important as the actual surgery. Not only does Dr. Lay assess your nose and skin, he listens to your motivation for undergoing the surgery and your cosmetic goals. Dr. Lay enjoys getting to know his patients and often treats multiple members of the same family.
Depending on your specific physical characteristics and goals, rhinoplasty for the Asian nose may not involve any re-shaping of existing bone. In some cases, augmenting the bridge of the nose is accomplished with a synthetic implant. Dr. Lay is also very successful improving the nasal tip by grafting cartilage from your ear or nasal septum to your nasal bridge or tip.
The Asian nose is usually flatter and smaller than the Caucasian nose with less definition at the tip. This is the reason rhinoplasty for the Asian nose is typically more about augmentation than a reduction in size. The thickness of the skin must be considered when choosing the material for the implant. The graft material with the lowest infection risk is used. These materials decrease the time necessary for surgery and are easy and simple to use. The surgeon must be experienced and skilled in performing a successful rhinoplasty procedure for the Asian nose.
The surgical procedures necessary may include the shield graft, modified dome division, onlay graft and septal extension graft. In many cases, all of these procedures are required to define the tip of the Asian nose and achieve the correct projection. The tip of the Asian nose is usually round in appearance. When the shield graft is placed by the surgeon, placing another graph for support is important. This is to ensure the final projection has a pleasing profile view. This type of rhinoplasty is very different than the traditional surgery.
Once the individual has decided they want to learn more about the procedure, they can have a consultation with our expert surgeon. Providing the surgeon with a complete medical history is important. This enables the surgeon to determine any potential issues that may occur during the surgery. The individual will also discuss any current medications, herbal supplements and vitamins with the surgeon. The surgeon must be aware of any current or past history of tobacco, drug or alcohol use. If the individual smokes, the surgeon will most likely advise them to quit in the weeks prior to the surgery to help eliminate any potential issues.
It is important to explain exactly how you want your nose to look to the surgeon. The procedure will provide you with the appearance of a completely natural, appealing and refined nose. In some instances, rhinoplasty for the Asian nose is performed to correct a flaw, congenital nasal defect or other issue. Some individuals are suffering from a deviated or perforated septum that will require surgery. Others are simply interested in seeing an improvement in either the shape or the angle on the bridge of their nose.
The surgeon will perform an assessment of your nose and the structure of your face. He will also examine the inside area of your nose. During your consultation, the goals for your rhinoplasty will be established. This is the time you need to ask any questions you may have.
If you are interested in rhinoplasty for the Asian nose, talk to Chase Lay, MD in San Jose. See if this procedure can work for you. Contact our office today to schedule an initial appointment. We look forward to hearing from you!