About Ethnic Rhinoplasty
The advances in facial plastic surgery (especially in rhinoplasty) have allowed specialists like our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of patients who have a variety of ethnic backgrounds. Ethnic rhinoplasty, at our practice consists of several corrective nasal procedures, all of which can be tailored to physical and aesthetic goals. Every case we treat is one-of-a-kind and requires a customized treatment plan.
With ethnic rhinoplasty, Dr. Keyes will take into account the specific internal and external features of your nose. Ethnic noses may require a considerable alteration of the internal structures in order to change the outer appearance. Although Dr. Keyes has several decades’ worth of experience enhancing the aesthetic and function of patients’ noses, he approaches each case with an open mind and on an individual basis. Our goal is to come to a mutual understanding on how best to enhance your unique facial characteristics, improve your ability to breathe, lift your self-esteem, and all the while never compromising your individual ethnic traits. We invite you to call and make a consultation appointment at your earliest convenience at our practice, Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S., in Los Angeles, CA.
"This review may be a little early as I just got my cast off my nose today...but I am over the moon. I don't know how Dr. Keyes does it, and I'll admit I was skeptical while the cast was on as the cast and tape can distort things. I was actually a nervous wreck. But when that cast came off today, it reduced me to happy tears. He did everything I wanted and more. My nose is now straight, and it looks amazing. Even swollen I love it! I can breathe through my left nostril for the first time and it feels so good. I seriously feel like a new person. I'm so excited to see how it progresses over the next year. Dr. Keyes was the only consultation I had, and for a second it crossed my mind, did I jump the gun on this? Do I need a second opinion? Something in my gut trusted him. And I'm so glad my gut was right. His reviews and his before and after photos on his website speak for themselves. I am so thankful to Dr. Keyes and Kimberly. They're so easy to reach and they care about you just as much before the surgery as they do after. They are wonderful. Couldn't recommend them more. I am so happy. Thank you Dr. Keyes and Kimberly. From the bottom of my heart!"- S.B. / Yelp / Nov 05, 2019
"I broke my nose extremely badly playing soccer in college. After the break, I had a doctor tell me that due to the severity of how deviated my septum was, it would be impossible to make my nose straight without making it much wider and compromising the look of my nose. I have small features and so I didn't want to have my nose widened so I had surgery with a doctor in Minnesota knowing that I wouldn't be coming out of the surgery with a straight nose. At the time, I believed that was my only option. I went on living life, knowing that if I had the opportunity to change one thing about myself, it would be my nose. It was the one feature I was most self-conscious about because every time I looked in the mirror I saw the "S" shape of my nose. When I would smile, my nose would droop and appear much larger than it was. It bothered me so much that I would edit photos of myself to make my nose straight. Several years later after moving to Los Angeles I found and met with Dr. Keyes. I cannot even begin to explain how blessed I was to have found him. When we first sat down together, I didn't even have to tell him what was wrong with my nose. He started explaining everything that he saw that needed fixing. He said my septum was pushed out of place, then incorrectly fixed by a doctor that wasn't properly trained which resulted in the "S" shape, that the cartilage in my tip wasn't strong enough which was causing my nose to droop when I would smile and he explained to me that he knew exactly what would need to be done to fix my nose. I have never felt so much confidence in a doctor. Dr. Keyes made all my fears and all my reservations go away in that instance. I put my faith in Dr. Keyes, rightfully so. Dr. Keyes and his team took the best care of me; before surgery, during and after. Kimberely held my hand as I went under anesthesia and made sure I was comfortable and felt safe the entire time. I never thought I would get to a place where I truly felt confident in the way my nose looked. Dr. Keyes proved to me that when you find the right doctor, who knows exactly what they're doing, it's more than a possibility. Now, it's my reality. I could not be happier with the outcome and I could not be happier with the experience. I would highly recommend anyone looking for an amazing plastic surgeon for a rhinoplasty, to set up a consultation with Dr. Keyes. I promise he will exceed your expectations the same way he did mine."- M.S. / Google / Mar 13, 2020
"I broke my nose extremely badly playing soccer in college. After the break, I had a doctor tell me that due to the severity of how deviated my septum was, it would be impossible to make my nose straight without making it much wider and compromising the look of my nose. I have small features and so I didn't want to have my nose widened so I had surgery with a doctor in Minnesota knowing that I wouldn't be coming out of the surgery with a straight nose. At the time, I believed that was my only option. I went on living life, knowing that if I had the opportunity to change one thing about myself, it would be my nose. It was the one feature I was most self-conscious about because every time I looked in the mirror I saw the "S" shape of my nose. When I would smile, my nose would droop and appear much larger than it was. It bothered me so much that I would edit photos of myself to make my nose straight. Several years later after moving to Los Angeles I found and met with Dr. Keyes. I cannot even begin to explain how blessed I was to have found him. When we first sat down together, I didn't even have to tell him what was wrong with my nose. He started explaining everything that he saw that needed fixing. He said my septum was pushed out of place, then incorrectly fixed by a doctor that wasn't properly trained which resulted in the "S" shape, that the cartilage in my tip wasn't strong enough which was causing my nose to droop when I would smile and he explained to me that he knew exactly what would need to be done to fix my nose. I have never felt so much confidence in a doctor. Dr. Keyes made all my fears and all my reservations go away in that instance. I put my faith in Dr. Keyes, rightfully so. Dr. Keyes and his team took the best care of me; before surgery, during and after. Kimberely held my hand as I went under anesthesia and made sure I was comfortable and felt safe the entire time. I never thought I would get to a place where I truly felt confident in the way my nose looked. Dr. Keyes proved to me that when you find the right doctor, who knows exactly what they're doing, it's more than a possibility. Now, it's my reality. I could not be happier with the outcome and I could not be happier with the experience. I would highly recommend anyone looking for an amazing plastic surgeon for a rhinoplasty, to set up a consultation with Dr. Keyes. I promise he will exceed your expectations the same way he did mine."- M.S. / Yelp / Mar 12, 2020
"loved dr.keyes and kimberley- life changing - Hi Real Self community, I came across Dr.Keyes after a horrible consultation. It was as if everything happens for a reason and I was instantly thankful that experience unintentionally led me to Dr. Keyes. Dr. Keyes is professional, kind, genuine, and you can tell is passionate to help others. My experience with him and Dr. Kanodia was completely night and day. Dr. Keyes patiently walked me through the entire procedure (showed me a past surgery) to ease my concerns and helped me feel less anxious about the process (never had surgery before). He took the time to understand why and what was going on with my nose to warrant this consultation. You can tell he truly has the patient in his best interest and is not doing this for the paycheck. Dr. Keyes showed me what he thought would best fit my face and I immediately knew he was the right doctor for me. He listened to my thoughts, gave me knowledgable feedback on what works/doesn't and patiently listened to all my concerns/questions. His calm and confident demeanor alongside his wealth of experience assured me he was the right choice. Kimberley, his office manager/technician was equally as accommodating and kind. Not once did I feel any pressure to schedule the surgery and they encouraged me to come back in if I had any further questions. Every appointment and follow-up were easy to schedule and I had barely any wait. I had my surgery on 11/22/19 and the whole process went as smooth as it possibly could. Dr. Keyes and Kimberley were available every step of the way. They gave my sister and best friend (who came with me) their personal cell if they needed anything as well as, called to check up on the first 3 days of post-op. They saw me weekly up to 4 weeks post-op, I know I can be a bit high-maintenance and impatient so appreciated all the follow-ups and access to them. I'm at 3 months post-op and I LOVE my nose and the overall results. It gets better each day and I can't wait to see what it'll look like a year from now. It's truly been a life-changing experience and I'm forever thankful for Dr.Keyes and Kimberley!"- L. / RealSelf / Feb 28, 2020
"I started considering rhinoplasty when I was 16, I am 28. I hated my nose, the shape and the size. I tried for many many years to love as it was. But to be honest, I always knew one day I would take the step. Los Angeles has a big offer of plastic surgeons, and is hard to know who is good and who is the best. After some months of research, I narrowed my options and had two consultations with two different surgeons. From the very first second I knew Dr.keyes would be my surgeon. I am a really hypochondriac person, and Dr.keyes and Kimberly made me feel confident, safe and comfortable during the whole process. The day of the surgery I was really nervous and everyone made it really easy for me. Post op is painless, just uncomfortable. Dr Keyes and Kim were available for me 24/7in case I had any question or concern. That really makes a difference. I am one month post op and even swollen, I looooove my nose, it changes your life. It is natural, fits my face and I could not be any happier. If you are thinking about having a rhinoplasty, Dr.Keyes and Kimberly are the team you are looking for, thank you both!!"- S.R. / Yelp / Feb 04, 2020
While many people of different backgrounds want their nose to be enhanced and transformed, just as many of these same patients want to retain their ethnic heritage. If so, then ethnic rhinoplasty is the way to meet these complementary objectives. Dr. Keyes can repair a nose to your liking using proven skill and experience, while also keeping in mind your ethnic background. These surgeries require an extra degree of finesse that our plastic surgeon has used countless times to help the aesthetic dreams of his patients become a reality. By adding definition to your nose, we don't define who you are; we redefine your level of confidence and aesthetic beauty.
We also use video imagery to view your features during a private consultation. Our interactive technology enables you to play a hands-on role in your surgery's strategic planning. Dr. Keyes can map the precise details of your surgery to show you his vision. Dr. Keyes helps patients, like you, achieve the cosmetic outcome they crave in the most natural-looking way possible. During your comprehensive consultation, Dr. Keyes will discuss with you your physical objectives to gain a clear understanding of what aspects of your nose you are unhappy with and what results you are hoping to see.
All ethnic rhinoplasty involves special considerations with the performance of an already complex surgery (rhinoplasty). Dr. Keyes will take extra care to provide desired aesthetic outcomes with natural, realistic results. Since the nasal structures vary, specialized techniques will be used for each group.
Over the last several years, practitioners in plastic surgery have seen an even greater range of nasal anatomy in patients who come from an African American background. We now see a larger variety of nostril shapes, nasal lengths, bridge length, nasal projection, and dorsal height. In most cases, African American rhinoplasty patients desire:
- Additional structural support to the lower third of the nose for a more defined, prominent tip
- An alar base reduction in the overall size of the bottom section of the nose for a narrow alar base
- A nasal bridge contour alteration
- A smaller nostril flares
These modifications can improve the unity, aesthetic, symmetry, and balance of all facial features. Dr. Keyes helps African American patients achieve the cosmetic outcome they want in the most natural-looking way.
In both men and women, Caucasian noses generally need modifications like a reduction, a nasal tip rotation, or revised projection. Knowing most nose patients are primarily concerned with the unattractive qualities of their noses, Dr. Keyes is focused on improving both the form and function of the nasal structures. Dr. Keyes works to restructure the composition of your nasal column for an improved aesthetic and outstanding outcome. This surgery can enhance the beauty of the face and unify existing facial features. A Caucasian nose includes thinner skin, firmer cartilage, or a humped bridge. Benefits of Caucasian rhinoplasty can include:
- A softer nasal feature
- A renewed symmetry to the nose
- Better facial balance
- A new contour to the nasal tip
- A reduction in the nasal hum, twist in the nose, or the protrusion of the nose
- A revision to the contour of the dorsum column
- An opened airway for better nasal breathing and fewer feelings of congestion
A variety of implants, grafts, and cartilage removal and/or cartilage distribution can completely transform the structure, shape, and size the Caucasian nose.
Nasal characteristics of Hispanic patients generally include wide nostrils, a broad and low nasal bridge, and a small nasal hump. In most cases, their skin is sebaceous and moderately thick, so Dr. Keyes takes the structural and anatomic elements of the entire face and nose into consideration when formulating and customizing your rhinoplasty surgical plan. The texture and thickness of the skin, bone structure, lip position, and shape of the face play an influential role in your surgical plan because all of your facial features should look balanced and cohesive. When performed by an excellent facial plastic surgeon, rhinoplasty can alter, augment, reshape, and redefine the nose. The structural modifications, no matter how great or how small, are intended to help harmonize a patient’s facial features, upgrade the function of his or her nose, and elevate his or her confidence. Some benefits include:
- A transformation in aesthetic appeal
- An alteration of the nasal shape, size, and tip
- A renewed ability to breathe through the nose
- Surgical correction of birth defects
The functional, aesthetic, and emotional benefits of having rhinoplasty may seem endless. We will be there to guide our Hispanic rhinoplasty patients through the possibilities.
Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty
There is a wide range of characteristics that are unique to patients who have a Middle Eastern background. Most commonly, Dr. Keyes enhances a Middle Eastern patient’s nasal structures when it is droopy or extremely large, it has a large hump, or has an elongated bridge. By creating additional tip support, Dr. Keyes can frame a nasal structure and redefine the contour of the nose. Generally, Middle Eastern patients have a larger nose and either a very straight bridge or a large hump at the bridge of their nose. The thickness and texture of the skin of a Middle Eastern nose must also be taken into account. For example, Middle Eastern noses shouldn’t be turned upward at the tip. To add appropriate tip support without changing the ethnic qualities, Dr. Keyes may add multiple cartilage grafts. Then, he may use a combination of surgical techniques to narrow the tip cartilage to make the nasal tip more defined. Some of the aesthetic or functional advantages of Middle Eastern rhinoplasty include:
- A reduction in the height of the dorsum column, the size nasal hump, the rounded nasal tip, the nostril size, and/or nasal base
- A well-defined contoured nasal bridge
- A stronger nasal tip
- An overall smaller, symmetrical nose
- An aesthetically pleasing facial appearance and profile
- An unblocked airway to facilitate better breathing
By making strategic modifications to the nose, Dr. Keyes can strengthen a Middle Eastern nasal structure's integrity and soften the profile.
Because the Asian nose is more often flatter and wider than noses of other ethnicities, Dr. Keyes can improve the structural integrity and create more definition in the profile of the face. Dr. Keyes understands that every case is different, and many Asian patients have shorter or less-defined noses that lack sufficient tip support, although the tip is generally large. Augmentation of the nose is usually performed using the patient’s own tissues, such as cartilage rather than synthetic implants. This is a safer alternative for longer-lasting results.
The benefits of rhinoplasty can not only boost self-esteem but also offer health benefits as well, such as:
- A precise, balanced and refined nasal structure
- A more defined nasal structure
- An elongated or lengthened nasal tip
- A reduction unflattering “flatness” of the nose
- A reduced nostril width or rounded nasal tip
- A revision to lowered bridges
- An unblocked airway (less congestion)
What To Expect
There is an extensive recovery process for ethnic rhinoplasty, as with any nose reshaping surgery. After your procedure, you can expect to feel discomfort, swelling, and bruising in the treatment area. As a safeguard, you will have follow-up visits with Dr. Keyes during your recovery to ensure that you are healing properly, and no complications happen. Over the next few months, you will notice subtle changes in your nose. It may take up to a year to see your full results. Keep in mind that every nose surgery is a one-of-a-kind, and results will vary patient to patient.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does ethnic rhinoplasty cost?
There is no special price for ethnic rhinoplasty. At Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S., rhinoplasty patients each get their own individualized treatment plan. Once he has evaluated your nose and discussed surgical options, he can give you an estimated price for the surgery. If you would like to talk with one of our patient care coordinators about financing options available, we can assist with that as well.
How do I prepare myself for surgery?
If you are considering having ethnic rhinoplasty, the first thing you need to do is have a consultation with a trusted plastic surgeon, like Dr. Keyes. Should you choose to have a consultation with Dr. Keyes, he will meet with you one-on-one to evaluate your nose. He will ask about your concerns with your nose, how you would like it to look, and discuss how he can make sure not to use the wrong techniques that might lessen the nasal features of your identity. He looks forward to meeting all of his rhinoplasty patients and helping each one achieves their desired look.
Why should I choose Dr. Keyes to be my surgeon?
As a rhinoplasty specialist with more than 40 years of experience, Dr. Keyes has been honing his skills in rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty for all ethnicities. This has been a life long work in progress for Dr. Keyes. Upon consultation, Dr. Keyes will evaluate the characteristics of your nose with an understanding of some of the more common features and considerations of your type of nose. If an inexperienced plastic surgeon performs your rhinoplasty and doesn’t believe in blending the cosmetic enhancement with all of your ethnic features, your result will look out of place, artificial, and unbalanced compared to the rest of your facial features. Dr. Keyes thoroughly evaluates the anatomic and aesthetic elements of your face and skin prior to formulating an ideal surgical plan. With his aesthetic eye, he is able to calculate which techniques to use and which procedural methods to use during surgery, which in turn makes your outcome look natural and balanced with the rest of your face.
It is in the details
The benefits of ethnic rhinoplasty with Dr. Keyes are not just evidently seen through your physical transformation, they are revealed through your elevated confidence and/or your improved ability to breathe. We work to create the most natural-looking nasal transformations, which look and function better than ever before. We ask that you contact our Los Angeles, CA office for a consultation with our experienced, double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Keyes. Call us with your questions and to make an appointment.
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