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The goal of Asian rhinoplasty is to refine and sculpt the nasal structure in a way that blends seamlessly with the eyes, mouth, brow and cheekbones.

Where so many other doctors are at a loss in dealing with Asian nose jobs, Dr. Kwak is in his element when it comes to some of the best results from ethnic rhinoplasty New York clients can rely on. Dr. Kwak is keenly attuned to the subtle and delicate complexities of the Asian anatomy. Additionally, Dr. Kwak’s background in otolaryngology brings an astute understanding of the nose’s functional capacity; he never sacrifices cosmetic appeal for structural integrity. His results are always exquisite, natural and well suited to the Asian aesthetic. Dr. Kwak is among one of the best facial plastic surgeons for Asian rhinoplasty NYC can lay claim to.

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The first step for every Asian plastic surgery procedure is a detailed consultation with Dr. Kwak, during which he will go over your anatomy, previous surgery(s) if any, your goals and desires in terms of results, and your medical history. Some of Dr. Kwak's patients' most common concerns are for revision rhinoplasty due to a previous surgeon's poor technique and lack of understanding of the Asian anatomy. His experience with corrective Asian rhinoplasty has allowed him to provide some of the best revision rhinoplasty NYC patients have come to rely on. This is a great time to communicate your fears and concerns to the doctor so that he can set you at ease. In all cases, Dr. Kwak will only move forward once he is confident that your expectations will be met and even exceeded. This focus on pre-operative communication and exploration is the reason Dr. Kwak is so esteemed by New York Asian rhinoplasty clients.

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Asian rhinoplastic techniques

The tip

Anatomically, the Asian nasal tip tends to have thick skin and weak underlying cartilages. Most changes requested for the Asian nasal tip include increasing the projection and length of the tip. To make these changes, Dr. Kwak uses only cartilage grafts to build the tip to its desired shape. These grafts are placed in the tip so as to structurally support the tip to ensure a long lasting outcome as well as a nose that functions (breathes) well. These tissue grafts can be obtained from the patient’s septum, ear, or rib.

The bridge

The Asian nasal bridge tends to be lower and less defined. The typical changes require augmenting the bridge. This often requires use of various organic grafts or synthetic implants. Each type of material used has specific changes Dr. Kwak is well-versed in these cultural differences and is able to adjust and customize his technique to suit the unique needs of the Asian face.

The nostrils

The nostrils will vary according to each Asian patient’s country of origin, so Dr. Kwak typically takes a great deal of time to examine and discuss this particular area of the nose. Only a select few of his Asian rhinoplasty NYC clients will actually require nostril narrowing, and this should always be performed with great care to avoid unsightly scarring. It’s important to remember that the nostrils will often narrow on their own as a result of improvements to the tip cartilage.

What Should I Expect From An Asian Rhinoplasty?

An Asian rhinoplasty means getting the nose you want without comprising your natural features and background. Dr. Kwak understands the aesthetics and anatomy of the Asian face and is able to re-create your nose while enhancing balance, functionality, and beauty. You should expect a procedure that is tailored to your specific ethnicity, as there are many different noses throughout Asia, there need to be specific surgical approaches used to create the perfect nose to suit your face. You should also expect minimal scarring and a minimalist approach that serves to significantly enhance your look.

Before Your Procedure: Establishing a Custom Surgical Plan

Asian rhinoplasty first involves an in-depth discussion of the outcome you envision and creating a realistic goal for your procedure. An Asian rhinoplasty will be performed with the utmost care so that incisions are hidden and virtually invisible. If any grafting is required to subtly build up the nose bridge, tissue is harvested from your own body. Some patients may be candidates for implants or dermal fillers to enhance the nose bridge. All of these options will be discussed prior to the surgery taking place. Dr. Kwak will evaluate whether your procedures will be a closed or open rhinoplasty.

Who is a Candidate for Asian Rhinoplasty?

Asian women or men who feel unhappy with the appearance of their nose or have suffered nose trauma may need to undergo reconstruction. If you experience any difficulty breathing through your nose or even if you want a subtle cosmetic adjustment, you are probably a candidate for Asian rhinoplasty. Candidates are generally those who desire a cosmetic alteration, either to enhance the masculinity or femininity of their face, or to bring more subtlety, balance and beauty to their appearance while maintaining the most attractive features associated with a cultural identity.

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What are the Benefits of Asian Rhinoplasty Surgery in NYC?

Some of the many benefits of Asian rhinoplasty with Dr. Edward S. Kwak include:

  • Knowing your plastic surgeon understands your cultural background and has a great depth of experience in Asian nose reshaping.
  • Creating a balanced, harmonious, natural look to your nose that enhances your other features.
  • Depending upon your need, can reduce nostril size, build up the nose bridge, or refine the tip so your nose is more attractive.
  • Maintains and cultivates the beauty of the Asian aesthetic.
  • Confidence that the outcome of your procedure will meet your expectations.
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Recovery After Asian Rhinoplasty

Recovery from a rhinoplasty procedure requires several weeks. You may require a splint and bandages for the first week, to ensure the first stage of recovery is optimal and your newly reshaped nose is held in place. Swelling and bruising will diminish within the first two weeks. In the first few days after the procedure, there is some discomfort, mainly a feeling of a “stuffy nose,” which is minimized with prescription pain relief.

There will be specific instructions to follow throughout your recovery and these should be strictly followed so your new nose heals quickly and correctly. Full results are achieved after about twelve months, but your reshaped nose is visible within a few weeks.

Asian Rhinoplasty Q&A

What are the best methods to stabilize a shield graft in an Asian patient?

Q: I had a rhinoplasty with a septal shield graft and notice the tip is dropping. I need a revision for additional scar tissue removal, but I was wondering if a graft can be reused and altered so it is stabilized against dropping so much in thick skin.

A: Tip graft. Good question. Sounds pretty technical. Your answer really depends are what is required for your desired aesthetic goals. If your are looking to increase tip rotation and projection, then the shield graft could be re- positioned. If this does not completely address the issues then additional tip defining techniques may be required. Of course with revision rhinoplasty scar tissue will be of concern for the surgeon.

Korean Rhinoplasty - Concerning Nose Bridge Augmentation Material

Q: Hello I'm Korean male with bulbous nose tip and low nose bridge and it's wide at the same time. 50% of Korean doctors recommend silicone for nose bridge + own cartilage for nose tip and the other 50% gortex for nose bridge and own cartilage for nose tip. However most N. American surgeons tend to agree with patients cartilage for nose tip but not use silicone for nose bridge. If I use silicone will I have to remove it later anyway? Also I can't swim if I have silicone? Thank you~!

A: Dorsal implant and Asian rhinoplasty - Material depends on surgeons preference and experience Your question is one of the most common concerns for patients inquiring about augmentation rhinoplasty. Both silicone and Gore-Tex can be safely used for augmenting the nasal bridge. Any changes to the tip I would recommend strictly using cartilage grafts. Synthetic materials placed at the tip of the nose tend to have more long-term complications.

Rhinoplasty for Asian with Asymmetric Nose

Q: I am an Asian female with a asymmetrical/tilted nose. I am thinking about rhinoplasty surgery to highen the bridge of my nose. What kind of implant should I use? How would the surgeon "untilt" my asymmetric nose?

A: Asian rhinoplasty with a deviated dorsum. Dear double L, you bring up two distinct concerns for your nose. The first is the "tilt" in your nose. I would assume you are referring a crooked bridge. The second issue is adding height to your bridge. Choosing the type of implant required to build up the bridge is not as critical as ensuring you build up on a solid foundation. What I mean by that, is that the bridge of your nose needs to be straightened first. To do this, the surgeon may require manipulating your nasal bones or altering the cartilage in the middle of the nose. After straightening the bridge, a dorsal implant can be used to increase the height of your bridge.

Why isn't my result similar? Are doctors in the US just not experienced enough with Asian noses?

Q: I'm of Asian descent. I've had 3 nosejobs and can't seem to get the nose I want. It keeps ending up looking almost the same. My pre-surgery nose was similar to the girl's "before" photo. Flat and wide. Now my nose is still wide. But look at the results of this girl! She went from a very wide, flat nose to a gorgeous, narrow nose that looks so natural! Why isn't my result similar? Are doctors in the US just not experienced enough with Asian noses so there are more so-called "limitations"?

A: Notable changes. I believe communication is paramount during any initial rhinoplasty consultation. Each individual is looking for something different in what they want to achieve. Some want to have a very subtle change and some may want a very dramatic change. I truly believe digital imaging prior to performing a rhinoplasty is very essential. This helps both the patient and the surgeon understand the patient's individual goals of the surgery. Once the types of changes are agreed upon, a discussion is next made as to best achieve these goals. For the Asian rhinoplasty patients looking to achieve a much narrower nose, this often entails requiring augmenting the nose, which may require cartilage grafts and implants.

Can the removed hump be used to build the bridge?

Q: In asian rhinoplasty using all natural cartilage, where I am looking to reduce my hump while slightly augmenting the bridge, can the hump be slid up and used as a graft to build the bridge? Wouldn't this be better than ear cartilage since it is made of the same material as the nose bridge itself? Thanks!

A: Asian rhinoplasty - hump and low radix. Your concerns are very frequent issues I see in my practice. Sounds like you have a relatively low nasal radix (area between the eyes) with a mid-dorsal hump. It is unlikely the surgeon will be able to use the bone and cartilage and is required to remove the hump and re-position it to the low point between your eyes.

The answer to your question really relies on the amount of augmentation your are looking to achieve. A small augmentation could be achieved using either cartilage in your nose (septum) or from the ear. If you are looking for a larger augmentation then a discussion needs to be made about alternative grafts (such as rib) or synthetic implants.

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