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Ethnic Rhinoplasty

ETHNIC RHINOPLASTY
Ethnic Rhinoplasty refers to surgery designed for non-white patients.
This term encompasses a wide range of ethnicities, from Asian to Middle Eastern, to African, Afro-American and Hispanic. Although the skills required to perform all Rhinoplasty are the same, the goals can be different when it comes to Ethnic Rhinoplasty.

Like all Rhinoplasty, the main goal of this procedure is to enhance a patient’s natural nose shape. However, preserving the ethnic qualities of patients’ facial features and characteristics is also important to Dr. Chacra when it comes to these types of procedures.

This type of surgery can vary greatly from the widely known traditional Rhinoplasty in Caucasian patients. Some examples of anatomical variations we see when it comes to different noses from around the world include:

Differences in the thickness and complexity of the skin, as well as variations in size, shape and orientation of the nasal cartilage and bone. Is it the specific and innumerable combination of these anatomical differences that accounts for the uniqueness of each nose.

This niche area of specialization requires both an understanding of culture, as well as different concepts of beauty throughout the world.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty can involve the addition of cartilage to create structure for patients who are looking to correct a flattened nose, flaring nostrils or other ethnic characteristics.

Dr. Chacra uses augmentation techniques that utilize almost exclusively natural tissues when possible and / or medical-grade implants to produce noses that match the shape of each patient’s face while maintaining the unique beauty of their heritage and enhancing facial harmony.

Dr. Chacra is a Nasal Specialist. His extensive knowledge of nasal anatomy allows him to carefully analyze facial variations that are ethnic-specific and then tailor a treatment plan that is unique to each patient.

He completed his fellowship in Houston, Texas, where he had the opportunity to operate on African American and Hispanic American patients often. Like Texas, Montreal’s population is made up of a rich cultural mosaic, allowing Dr. Chacra to cater to patients from all over the world, right at home.

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ASIAN RHINOPLASTY
Many patients from Asian cultures (Japan, China, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Korea) seek to enhance their nasal bridge through Rhinoplasty. A flat or undefined nasal bridge can be redefined using a cartilage graft harvested from the nose or another area of the body such as the ear or rib.

Some patients of Asian descent are also concerned with nostril shape or size.

Dr. Chacra can alter the size or shape of the nostrils or nasal tip to complement patients’ features. During Asian Rhinoplasty, changes that match the proportions of patients’ features are made while respecting the unique characteristics of their background.
MIDDLE EASTERN RHINOPLASTY
Dr. Chacra is also attuned to the unique needs of Syrian, Persian, Egyptian, Algerian, Lebanese, and other Middle Eastern patients. A drooping tip can be elevated or even reduced while respecting the natural attractiveness of these patients’ cultural heritage.

Similarly, a prominent or deviated nasal bridge can be reduced or straightened with minute changes that improve the overall size and shape of a patient’s nose in a Custom Nose Reshaping Surgery.


Our patients’ Middle Eastern heritage is still evident post-operatively; however, they achieve greater harmony and balance among their facial features through this type of Rhinoplasty.
AFRICAN AMERICAN RHINOPLASTY
People of African American descent may also seek Rhinoplasty to correct Functional and / or Cosmetic imperfections. Common concerns for these patients may include a wide or rounded tip, large bridge of the nose or enlarged nostrils.

These issues can be addressed during your Consultation with Dr. Chacra.

Honoring our patients’ heritage and achieving facial harmony (while softening the appearance of the nose) remain the aesthetic goals of this procedure.
OTHER TYPES OF ETHNIC RHINOPLASTY
Many ethnicities have inherited unique features that have been passed down through generations. Typically, people are proud and feel connected to their heritage, which links them to a rich culture.

During our Consultation Process, we discuss a spectrum of transformation, whereby patients are invited to envision their desired outcome(s) on that spectrum.

Many of our patients seek to alter their appearance (for a variety of personal reasons) and wish to present themselves to the world in a way that better reflects how they feel about themselves.

What can you expect during an Ethnic Rhinoplasty Consultation?

Dr. Chacra will listen to your concerns, expectations and desires surrounding the outcome of your surgery while maintaining ethical and realistic practice standards.

In today’s world, and in cities like Montreal, surgeons are more frequently encountering patients who are from a varied mix of ethnic backgrounds. This cultural mosaic makes for fascinating conversations and cases when it comes to Rhinoplasty.

The blends and variations of skin types and anatomical distinctions make for interesting, and sometimes complex cases which require a certain level of finesse, attention to detail and knowledge to achieve both a polished and personalized result. Dr. Chacra has developed a keen eye for functional and aesthetic Rhinoplasty solutions to treating patients whose ethnic backgrounds may pose an extra challenge.

When operating on patients who have mixed ethnicities, it is important to consider the unique features of each ethnicity, and how they interact with one another to achieve a harmonious result. This requires a nuanced understanding of nasal anatomy, and a personalized approach to each patient’s individual needs.

If you are pursuing an Ethnic Rhinoplasty and have access to the records from your previous surgery, we encourage you to bring them with you to your Consultation.
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These records will give Dr. Chacra more insight into what occurred during your surgery and what your original treatment plan entailed.