Is an ethnic rhinoplasty for me?

Pursuing a rhinoplasty is a big step for anyone. With BIPOC patients, it is essential to find an experienced surgeon who is culturally sensitive and well-versed in the particular needs of people of various ethnicities. Throughout Dr. Miller’s career, he has performed successful rhinoplasties on patients of the following backgrounds:

  • Black and African American
  • Central American and South American
  • Middle Eastern
  • Persian
  • Jewish
  • East Asian and South Asian
  • Eastern, Central, and Western European

A customized rhinoplasty to Enhance existing beauty

The nose is the most prominent part of the face, and people of all backgrounds pursue rhinoplasties to achieve their desired look. For BIPOC patients, there are four common issues that Dr. Miller often receives requests to adjust.

Nose lacks definition 

For some patients, their noses are flatter than they would like. The tip lacks definition, and the nostrils may appear more spread out than they would prefer. Dr. Miller can sculpt the nose and recontour the tip and nostrils in subtle and beautiful ways that don’t look too westernized.

Thickness of cartilage 

Some people have bulbous noses or feel that the nostrils are too thick. Conversely, some people have very thin or weak cartilage. Kenalog injections or surgery can reduce thickness for those with thick cartilage. For patients who need additional cartilage, the cartilage can be harvested from the ears, other parts of the nose, or the ribs.

Bridge is inharmonious with the rest of the face

The bridge may look too raised or flat, too narrow or wide, or have prominent protrusions. The bridge may lack a scoop, or scoop too much. With his sharp artistic eye, Dr. Miller can adjust the bridge and make the nose look balanced with the rest of the face.

Respiratory trouble

Droopy nose tips or deviated septums may cause breathing problems for some. This is fairly common and can be addressed by augmenting the nose and correcting its proportions.

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What is the recovery process like?

Recovery from a rhinoplasty varies from patient to patient. Dr. Miller will create a customized after-care plan and review it with you thoroughly. In general, patients should take two weeks off from work, social activities, and physical exercise. After that period, desk work, light socializing, and non-strenuous physical activity should be okay, though it is important to get clearance from Dr. Miller.

Bruising and swelling are normal, and will start to subside in 2-3 weeks. It is important to note that the final form of the nose will not be visible for about 12-18 months, and swelling will likely happen intermittently throughout the healing process. Patients should sleep with their head elevated for a few weeks, and expect difficulty breathing for the first week or two post-operation. Dr. Miller will schedule a series of follow-up visits to carefully monitor healing.

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Miller prioritizes care and respect

Dr. Miller has been one of the premier rhinoplasty surgeons in New York City for almost three decades. He is sophisticated and well-versed in the sensitivities and distinct needs associated with rhinoplasties for BIPOC patients. Dr. Miller has many successful testimonials from patients of myriad ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Contact his office today to schedule your free consultation!

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