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Ethnic rhinoplasties on the rise

Article-Ethnic rhinoplasties on the rise

Dallas — The president-elect of the Rhinoplasty Society predicts an increase in requests for rhinoplasties by patients of ethnic descent, reports.

Co-chairing a symposium on the topic, Rod Rohrich, M.D., a Dallas cosmetic surgeon who specializes in rhinoplasty, urged colleagues at the society’s recent annual meeting to study non-Caucasian features and learn the unique requirements for operating on patients with different ethnic backgrounds.

Dr. Rohrich says retaining ethnic characteristics in rhinoplasty requires careful preoperative analysis of the patient’s nose compared with general characteristics of that person’s ethnic group. Proper planning requires knowledge of ethnic differences in nasal structure, such as skin thickness and width of the bony base. quotes Dr. Rohrich as saying, “A multitude of surgical maneuvers is often necessary to address all the salient characteristics of the ethnic nose and produce the desired aesthetic result. … Modern rhinoplasty is not a one-size-fits-all procedure as it used to be, and ethnic heritage should be one of the considerations in planning.”

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