Restoring Harmony  

Ethnic rhinoplasty can address various issues, including the nose's size, shape, and symmetry. It can also address a drooping or upturned tip, a hump on the bridge of the nose, or nostril flaring. Unlike traditional rhinoplasty, which often involves removing cartilage and bone from the nose, ethnic rhinoplasty typically involves adding or reshaping tissue to achieve your desired look.

This can include using grafts from your own body or a donor and synthetic materials.
With the right approach, ethnic rhinoplasty can help patients achieve a more balanced and harmonious facial appearance while maintaining their unique ethnic features.

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Is Ethnic Rhinoplasty Right for Me?

Generally, the ideal candidate for this procedure is good overall health, with no underlying medical conditions that could increase the risk of complications during or after surgery. It is worth noting that ethnic rhinoplasty is not limited to individuals of a particular ethnicity. The procedure can benefit anyone who wants to enhance the appearance of their nose while preserving their unique ethnic features.

Getting an Initial Consultation

Given that this is a procedure where you want to ensure your specific desires are understood, there are bound to be questions about the process. Dr. Will Thompson will meet with you in his Denver, CO, offices to go over every step of the journey. He will perform a physical examination of your nose, taking into account your ethnic background and facial features. This examination will help him determine which treatment options best achieve the desired results.

During the consultation, Dr. Thompson will discuss the various treatment options for ethnic rhinoplasty. These may include:

  • Augmentation rhinoplasty involves adding tissue or implants to the nose to increase its size or alter its shape.
  • Reduction rhinoplasty involves removing tissue from the nose to decrease its size or alter its shape.
  • Tip rhinoplasty: This involves reshaping the tip of the nose to create a more defined or refined appearance.
  • Bridge rhinoplasty: This involves reshaping the bridge of the nose to create a more symmetrical or balanced appearance.

He will also discuss the risks and benefits of each treatment option, the recovery process, and any potential complications. By the end of the consultation, you should clearly understand the treatment options available and what to expect from the procedure.

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The Day of Your Procedure

The surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and can take several hours. It begins with Dr. Thompson making incisions inside the nostrils or the nose, depending on the desired outcome. He will then reshape the cartilage and bone to achieve the desired look. Sometimes, he may also use tissue grafts to augment the nose. After the reshaping, the incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches, and a splint is placed on the nose to help it maintain its new shape. Patients typically wear the splint for about a week after the procedure. It's important to note that ethnic rhinoplasty is a highly individualized procedure, and the specific techniques used will vary depending on your unique needs and desired outcomes. 

Recovery and Results

After an ethnic rhinoplasty procedure, patients can expect a recovery period that lasts several weeks. During this time, it is essential to follow the post-operative instructions provided by Dr. Thompson to ensure proper healing and minimize the risk of complications. The first few days after surgery are typically the most uncomfortable, with pain and swelling around the nose and eyes. Pain medication and cold compresses can help manage these symptoms. Patients may also experience some bruising, which can last for up to two weeks. It is essential to avoid strenuous activity or bending over during the first week of recovery to prevent bleeding and swelling. Patients should also avoid blowing their nose or wearing glasses for at least two weeks after surgery.

Dr. Thompson will remove any external sutures within a week of the procedure, and any internal sutures will dissolve independently. Patients should avoid any contact sports or activities that could cause nose trauma for at least six weeks after surgery. It is essential to attend all follow-up appointments with the surgeon to monitor healing progress and address any concerns. With proper care and attention during recovery, patients can expect to see the full results of their ethnic rhinoplasty procedure within six months to a year.

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Why Choose Us?

Dr. Thompson possesses exceptional qualifications for nasal surgery, having undergone extensive training in head and neck surgery and completed a highly competitive plastic surgery fellowship focusing solely on the face and neck. As a facial plastic surgeon specializing in cosmetic and reconstructive procedures of the face, he is dedicated to performing surgeries that enhance the aesthetic appearance of the nose and improve breathing function, ensuring optimal results for his patients.

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