Ethnic Rhinoplasty: What’s it All About?


Rhinoplasty is more often targeted to change the nose shape or structure in accordance with aesthetic preferences or to complement existing facial features. Depending on the type of rhinoplasty performed, it can be divided into a number of subcategories. Ethnic rhinoplasty is one such category that aims to change the individual’s nasal structure to better adapt to the ethnic surroundings. More commonly, Ethnic Rhinoplasty is conducted on non-Caucasians settled in Western countries to adapt their nasal structure on a Caucasian scale to enable them to blend better with their surroundings. However, it requires an experienced surgeon to make the whole process a hassle-free affair. In this regard, Dr. Bashar Bizrah has been performing ethnic rhinoplasty on patients from different ethnic backgrounds for more than two decades.

A Brief History

The United Kingdom is officially an ethnically diverse society. Though originally home to the White British population, Asian, African, and the Jewish community, a number of other communities have been a part of European society for hundreds of years. With passing time, better job prospects, stable environment, and education and career prospects have led to increased migration of non-caucasian into European society. Ethnicity is defined as the social group a person belongs to or identifies with or is identified by others due to common factors like physical features, language, food, and other common factors. Ethnic rhinoplasty was initiated for the sole purpose of obliterating the racial incongruity and enabling the non-caucasian community to blend better with their surroundings. Dr. Bizrah always makes sure to state the importance of ethnic rhinoplasty to his patients during the initial consultation.

Aim of Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Ethnic rhinoplasty aims at modifying nasal ethnicity of preferably a non-caucasian individual keeping the religious and cultural viewpoints in vision. Ethnic rhinoplasty, though unique on its own, follows the same pattern as the generic rhinoplasty. It is divided into a few subcategories on the basis of the possible structural change to the patient’s nose. The change in size, shape, bone structure, and cartilage comprises a nose’s basic geometry. These are modified, restructured, and repositioned in the procedure to satisfy the patient’s aesthetic appearance.

Different components of Ethnic Rhinoplasty

The main components of Ethnic Rhinoplasty are:

1) Augmentation

Augmentation involves restructuring the basic nose shape rather than adding or taking away stuff from it. In augmentation, areas like the bridge of the nose and the nasal tip are modified to provide a softer and overall balanced look.

2) Reduction

Reduction ethnic Rhinoplasty is performed to modify previously protruding features by removing cartilages and bone from the nasal portion. Reduction is performed in communities with a wide and pudgy nose to align the nose closer to the face.

3) Revision

Revision Rhinoplasty is performed in cases of botched Ethnic Rhinoplasty or when the patient is not satisfied with the end results of their previous Ethnic Rhinoplasty procedure.

4) Projection

In the Projection method of ethnic rhinoplasty, features are added to a rather small and pudgy nose to provide a narrow, elegant, and more balanced appearance.

Common Nose Traits And The Role Of Rhinoplasty

African, Asian, Hispanic, Indian, Korean, Chinese, Arabic, Persian, and Jewish are some of the communities settled in London and the rest of the United Kingdom, forming an important part of their ethnic community. Let’s understand the surgical techniques of rhinoplasty in relation to aesthetic considerations of various ethnic groups.


The African nose is characterized by its large size, wide and prominent nasal features, enlarged nostrils, rounded tips, and lack of protruded nasal bridge. The alar cartilages, as observed by researchers, are more of a convex-concave shape than a smooth convex shape. Here, the Ethnic Rhinoplasty aims to heighten the nose, sharpen the nasal tip, narrow the nostrils, and adjust the nasal bridge.


Asians have thick skin on their noses with weaker cartilages and less dorsal projection. They have a retrusive columella and more rounded nose tips. The nasal base is flared with the nostrils wider than average. East Asians have a smaller nose than others making their septum a smaller one as well. Nasal implants are common in the rhinoplasty performed on Asian noses to achieve the desired caucasian similarity. In these cases, it is very important to find an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon as he can ensure the right amount of correction is required.


Korean noses are characterized by a wide alar base, short columella, and low dorsum. The tip is more bulbous in origin with flared nostril shape and the nasolabial at acute angles. The degree of flatness of Korean noses can vary, but overall the protrusion is not as marked as other noses. Ethnic Rhinoplasty for Korean noses involves addition or projection methods while making sure the end result looks harmonious with the rest of the face.

Hispanic/ Latino

Hispanic noses are wider than caucasian ones, with a relatively droopy tip and weak cartilage in the hip region. The skin is thicker, with the tip more bulbous. The nostrils are wider. The Castilian nose has an average nasal projection and a higher nasal bridge. In comparison, the Mestizo’s nose has weaker cartilage with thicker skin and prominent sebaceous glands. The Mexican-American nose is a combination of the Castillo and the Mestizo’s nose. One of the major aims of Hispanic ethnic rhinoplasty is tip refinement, bump augmentation, reduction of flared nostrils with narrowing of the bridge. The augmentation is done keeping in mind the face requirement and the nasal symmetry compared to the rest of the face.


India has a varied ethnicity and variable nasal structure on the basis of its geographical positions. The Himalayan region community tends to have very short noses. The North Indians have a long and narrow nose of approximately 52.69mm height and 35.01mm width making their features similar to Caucasians. The South Indians, on the other hand, have a wider nose of approximate nasal width 38.66mm. While modifying an Indian nose, care is taken to adjust the nasal hump and define the tips; while taking care, these align with the other facial features.

Middle Eastern

Middle Eastern noses tend to be on the crooked side with being long and droopy having a nasal hump. The tip tends to be downward-pointing, wide, and bullous with thick skin over the bones and cartilages. For some groups, noses tend to be overly long or large with dropping tips and nasal bumps. Therefore, through ethnic rhinoplasty, the stress is laid on providing a detailed nasal structure in sync with their chiseled jawlines. There are also a few groups famous for their rather hooked noses with a convex nasal bridge and a downwardly inclined nose tip. Here Ethnic rhinoplasty on a Jewish nose aims at modifying the over projected nose tip and large humps on the nasal surface and achieving a refined nasal structure harmonizing with the rest of their face.

Avail Bespoke Ethnic Rhinoplasty from the World Renowned Dr. Bashar Bizrah.

Dr. Bizrah is certified by the Royal College of Surgeons of England and has performed over +38,000 successful rhinoplasty surgeries in the last two decades. Ethnic rhinoplasty has always been a special skill for Dr. Bizrah as he has performed surgeries on patients from different ethnic backgrounds. He has helped patients regain the desired nose structure from Europe, the Middle East, India, Africa, and China. You can rest assured of same-day surgery with minimum swelling and speedy recovery.

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