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  • Middle Eastern rhinoplasty is a form of ethnic rhinoplasty, which is the name given to rhinoplasty procedures that are tailored to the unique nasal anatomy and characteristics of a specific ethnicity.
    Most people of Middle Eastern descent that decide to have rhinoplasty wish to improve the appearance of certain nasal features without compromising their ethnic identity in any way. Board certified facial plastic surgeons that specialize in this area of nose surgery are able to avoid dramatically altering ethnic patients’ appearance while still providing beautiful results.

    What You Need to Consider

    There are a number of ways the typical Middle Eastern nose differs from the typical nose of Caucasians and other races and ethnicities. Middle Eastern noses are often characterized by a low radix, round nostrils, broad base, high dorsum and thin or short lower lateral cartilages. Many Middle Eastern patients who exhibit these characteristics complain that their nasal tip does not project enough and/or appears droopy; that their nose looks too long; and/or that they don’t like the angle between the end of their nose and their upper lip.

    People of Middle Eastern descent often have insufficient cartilage support, which can make the nasal tip appear undefined and can have the effect of providing a weaker nasal base. It can also make it difficult for the surgeon to create effective nasal grafts. Middle Eastern patients also often have thick nasal skin, which can make the nose look bigger than average and can make it difficult for the surgeon to refine the nasal tip. For these reasons, it is very important to locate an experienced, board certified facial plastic surgeon to perform the procedure.

    How Is Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty Performed?

    The surgical methods used during Middle Eastern rhinoplasty vary based on the desires and unique needs of the patient. That being said, revisions commonly made during Middle Eastern rhinoplasty include reducing or refining a nasal hump; lifting the nasal tip and correcting a drooping nose; and narrowing the nostrils.

    Reducing or refining a nasal hump

    The primary goal of a Middle Eastern rhinoplasty patient undergoing nasal hump reduction should be to achieve a straight-looking bridge from the profile view as well as a gradual transition between the nasal tip and upper lip. In fact, some Middle Eastern rhinoplasty patients ask that a slight hump be preserved. It is very important to avoid making dramatic changes when reducing a nasal hump. Reducing the height of the bridge markedly can result in an outcome that is not in harmony with the rest of the face.

    Correcting a large nasal hump is often very complicated because multiple factors are often involved in the appearance of the hump.

    Lifting the nasal tip and/or correcting a drooping nose

    Another common goal of Middle Eastern rhinoplasty is lifting the tip and/or correcting a drooping nose. This may involve crushing and removing small portions of cartilage, sculpting the remaining cartilage and tissues and using grafts to elevate or turn the tip upward. In the hands of an experienced, talented surgeon, this part of the procedure usually involves special suturing techniques as well. The surgeon will use a combination of these techniques to enlarge, rotate or narrow the tip as needed. If the tip is bulbous or boxy-looking, this too will be addressed.

    Narrowing the nostrils

    The third technique commonly used in Middle Eastern rhinoplasty is narrowing the nostrils. This may be accomplished through a number of methods, which are collectively known as nostril and alar based reduction. These techniques, which may involve the V-Y advancement method, nasal sill excision or wedge excisions, are a common component of both primary and secondary Middle Eastern rhinoplasty procedures. Each of these revisions is performed in order to enhance the appearance of the patient’s profile and with the goal of achieving a balanced, harmonious look.

    Who Is An Ideal Candidate For This Rhinoplasty?

    People who are of Middle Eastern or Arabic heritage that are unsatisfied with the way their noses look may be good candidates for Middle Eastern rhinoplasty. The best female nose job candidates are at least 14 or 15 years old, don’t smoke and are in good overall health. The best male candidates are at least 16 or 17 and also non-smokers and in good health.

    The only way to find out for sure if you are a good candidate for Middle Eastern rhinoplasty is to schedule a consultation with an experienced facial plastic surgeon who specializes in Middle Eastern nose jobs.

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