The rhinoplasty procedure is such a popular and versatile surgery, that there are a number of terms that can get a little confusing, especially when relating to non-Caucasian rhinoplasty. The United States has a very culturally diverse population, and this has been continually growing and changing as time goes on. Because of this, there are many people with different ethnic backgrounds seeking nasal surgery for a variety of reasons. If you’ve been looking for information on non-Caucasian rhinoplasty, then you may have come across the terms “ethnic rhinoplasty” and “Westernization rhinoplasty”. But what’s the difference between these two terms?

What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty refers to non-Caucasian nasal surgery that is used to improve one or more areas of the nose, while retaining the essential character of the ethnic nose, as well as the ethnic identity of the patient. Many non-Caucasian patients seeking rhinoplasty are interested in ethnic rhinoplasty over Westernization rhinoplasty to maintain a link to their background and create a look that is balanced, natural, and in harmony with the rest of the facial features.

What is Westernization Rhinoplasty?

Each ethnic background has some common traits we see over and over again, which can help inform rhinoplasty procedures. Westernization rhinoplasty is used to minimize the ethnically-unique traits and make the nose look more “Western” overall, which generally means a well-defined nose with a projected tip and high bridge. Essential to the success of Westernization rhinoplasty is that the results do not look overdone or unnatural.

Many surgeons do not discuss Westernization rhinoplasty on their websites alongside ethnic rhinoplasty, but the needs and goals of the patient are the most important part of any surgery, and prospective patients should be firm about what they are looking for from nasal surgery.

What do You Want?

Communication is key when it comes to getting what you want from plastic surgery, and your consultations will be extremely valuable in choosing the provider who will help you transform your nose. Come to your consultation with defined goals, ideas for the procedure, and specific questions and concerns you may have about your case. This will help you evaluate potential surgeons and set you up for a successful surgery. You should get a chance to see a preview of your results, but you should keep in mind that this is only an estimate, and your actual results will vary. This preview can help keep you and prospective surgeons on the same page, however.

Choosing Your Plastic Surgeon

Choosing the right plastic surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty isn’t an easy feat. It can be difficult to find a doctor who has the necessary skills and experience and with whom you have rapport and good communication. However, it is worth the effort to choose a skilled and ethical surgeon, since your surgeon will be the major factor in the overall success of your procedure. To begin your search, you’ll need to research board certified facial plastic surgeons and set up consultations with promising candidates. A good rhinoplasty surgeon should be:

  • Board certified
  • Specializing in facial surgery
  • Highly experienced
  • Compassionate
  • Skilled (as judged by previous work and client feedback)
  • Knowledgeable

If you’re looking for a plastic surgeon with all these qualifications in the Newport Beach (949-650-8882) or Beverly Hills (310-467-2180) areas, come to Batniji Facial Plastic Surgery and meet with esteemed expert Dr. Rami K. Batniji. Dr. Batniji is experienced in both ethnic and Westernization rhinoplasty and will work with you to come up with a rhinoplasty plan that suits your specific needs. Call either location today to schedule your consultation.