Last Updated on September 17, 2022
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Shape of the nose
The shape of the Asian nose differs from the Western one in several ways. The Asian nose’s nasal tip is a bit less projecting and rounded compared to its Western counterpart. The skin of the nasal tip is also thicker, and the ala base is more broad. The rounded nostrils are a result of the lack of projection. Furthermore, the Asian nostrils lack the support of the caudal septum, so the columella appears to be short and insufficiently supported. The cartilaginous septum is less generous and does not project as much as the Western nose, which also impacts the availability of septal donor material.
The height of the nose is an important feature to look at for an Asian patient. The Asian nose has a slightly different profile than its Caucasian counterpart, but its height is nearly identical. For this reason, it is important to perform pure dorsal augmentation surgery, which raises the positional height of the radix to create an elongated appearance for the nose. This technique is not appropriate for patients with an Asian nose because it can give the appearance of relative tip deprojection.
The length of the Asian nose depends on the lower facial proportions. The height of the face includes the distance from the soft tissue nasion to the nasal base. In addition, the distance between the alar base and the intercanthal distance is important to evaluate the shape of the Asian nose. Asian rhinoplasty procedures frequently involve dorsal augmentation and tip derotation. Hence, it is essential to carefully analyze the proportions of the nose and the lower jaw before proceeding with rhinoplasty.
Shape of the tip
Compared to their Western counterparts, Asian noses have a less projected and rounded tip. This is due to thicker skin covering the nasal tip and a wider ala basal width. In addition, the shape of the Asian nostrils makes them appear smaller than those of Westerners. This lack of projection also leads to a shorter columella that does not receive adequate support from the caudal septum. This deprojected tip is the main reason why the septum on Asian noses is less generous and the corresponding noses look deformed.
While adjusting the bridge height in rhinoplasty may look natural to a Westerner, the process of adjusting the bridge height for an Asian patient can be challenging. While raising the nasal bridge too high can create a fanciful look, Dr. Lam works with each individual patient’s specific characteristics to ensure the best results. Ultimately, the tip of an Asian nose should end at the level of the eyelid crease.
In addition to the differences in cartilage and skin, an Asian nose’s nasal tip is slanted compared to a Caucasian nose. This can lead to a flared nasal tip. To correct this, Dr. Tansavatdi will sculpt the tip of the Asian nose and add cartilage. This will be accomplished through incisions in the nostrils. During this consultation, the surgeon will discuss your desired appearance with you. If possible, bring photos of yourself with the type of appearance you desire.
Shape of the skin
Many patients with an Asian nose want to narrow the base of their nose, which may create an ethnic look. A flared nostril can be more problematic than a rounded one, making the nose appear disproportionate. Although the base of an Asian nose is narrower, Dr. Lam does not always make this change, since the resulting narrowing will make the tip appear wider. Ultimately, a streamlined nose can improve the appearance of both an Asian and a Caucasian face.
The typical Asian nose is flat and bulbous, lacking in angularity and definition. Asian patients with this nose may benefit from a smaller, wider nose or a more pointed tip. In some cases, clinicians will need to place more cartilage grafts on the tip to achieve a proper shape. Some patients may benefit from an elongated nose. Nevertheless, the typical Asian nose does not fit into these categories.
A surgeon trained in facial plastic surgery will be able to achieve the desired results by changing the shape of the nose. Asian rhinoplasty requires a skilled and experienced surgeon, who understands the unique anatomy of this ethnic group. The plastic surgeon must have the appropriate experience, training, and expertise to avoid the common pitfalls associated with Caucasian rhinoplasty. This can lead to an overly large bridge, unnaturally narrowed nostrils, or implant extrusion. Also, the surgeon must ensure the Asian nose retains its ethnicity and looks natural.
Shape of the cartilages
A distinctive feature of an Asian nose is its triangular shape on the frontal view. The nose’s nasal bridge is shorter than that of a Caucasian, primarily due to the thicker skin and weaker cartilages. In addition, the nose’s tip is more rounded and its nostrils are wider than those of a white person. Despite these differences, most Asian noses exhibit a characteristic look similar to the shape of a Caucasian nose.
The alar cartilage is very small and separates the tip of the nose. The upper lateral cartilage is made up of two separate segments: lobule and domal. The lobule is very variable in size and shape, corresponding to a wide variation in the tip’s shape. The domal segment, on the other hand, is narrower, and has a soft tissue triangle similar to that of the lobule. The lateral crus starts at the nasal domal junction and courses laterally to the tip of the nose. It terminates in a chain of accessory cartilages.
Although the cartilages of an Asian nose are generally thin and lack proper development, a caudal septal extension graft may be an effective way to augment the tip projection. The surgeon must ensure that the septum graft is placed on the caudal septum, which is usually small and weak in an Asian nose. A third alternative is to augment the low dorsum of an Asian nose using a septal extension graft.
Function of the nose
The structure and function of the Asian nose are unique. This type of nose has thicker skin over the nasal tip, a larger ala basal width, and an under-projected tip. These characteristics contribute to the rounded tip of the nose. Thinner skin over the nasal tip can be reshaped surgically, but this procedure should be done carefully. The thinning process may result in scarring and deformities. Surgical implants may also be necessary.
The primary material used during an Asian rhinoplasty procedure is septal cartilage. However, this material is usually insufficient. Autologous rib cartilage or conchal cartilage are other options. However, conchal cartilage is softer and curved, and does not respond well to morselisation or crushing. Consequently, it should be used in the form of camoulage, septal extension grafts, or septal extension grafts. Surgeons should exercise caution when using conchal grafts to avoid the risk of complications or over-infection.
The soft tissues in the nose are composed of skin, muscles, nerves, and vascular tissues. The fatty layer encases a fibromuscular sheet, which is thinned iatrogenically or naturally during aging. The fatty layer is connected to the longitudinal fibrous sheet by a series of ligaments. The release of these ligaments enables caudal tip rotation.
The flat Asian nose is one of the typical shapes in Asians. Its tips are flat and round and droop towards the upper lip. These noses lack definition and can make the face look flat and unbalanced. A sharp nose is the traditional idea of facial beauty, and many Asians have flat noses. If you have a flat nose, you can correct the problem with rhinoplasty. But remember, it’s not just about the size of the nose.
Asian noses are more likely to have a slanted tip, which is the result of a combination of thin cartilage and thick skin. This can result in a beaky appearance, and can be corrected surgically. In some cases, cartilage grafts or septum tissue from the ear can increase the projection of the tip. Other patients may opt for cartilage augmentation, which will reduce the wideness of the nose and straighten the concave tip.
Apart from being narrow and flat, the Asian nose is also triangular in shape on the front. The nose bridge is comparatively low compared to Caucasians, and the nostrils are often flared. However, this shape can appear flat on some Asians, and is less common in Caucasians. In addition, Asian noses tend to be shorter than those of Caucasians. This is a symptom of aging or the presence of genetic disorders, and is more common in Caucasian men and women than in Asians.
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