African American Rhinoplasty

African American Rhinoplasty in San Antonio, TX | Dr. Jose Barrera

Rhinoplasty surgery is one of the top cosmetic procedures in the U.S., with over 220,000 patients reshaping their noses each year. For some patients, maintaining their African American aesthetic features while changing the size and shape of the nose is important when considering rhinoplasty.

Here, board-certified facial plastic surgeon and master of transformation Dr. Jose Barrera discusses how an African American rhinoplasty can achieve the patients’ desired result while maintaining their unique characteristics.

Continue reading to learn more about African American Rhinoplasty in San Antonio, TX. You can also schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Barrera by reaching out to us online or calling 210-468-5426 today!

What Makes an African American Rhinoplasty Different from Standard Rhinoplasty?

An African American rhinoplasty is a type of ethnic rhinoplasty surgery that pays particular attention to maintaining the patient’s African American characteristics.

From a technical standpoint, rhinoplasty performed on African American patients differs from rhinoplasty on a Caucasian patient in that structural support of the nasal tip and the shape of the dorsum often need enhancing, while the width and nasal flair of the nostrils may need reshaping.

When counseling patients, plastic surgeons must remember that industry-standard ideal nasal analyses have been based on the Caucasian female nose. Thus, African American groups may differ in nasal shape, support, and skin texture. 

African American Rhinoplasty FAQ's

The goal of an African American rhinoplasty is to meet the patients’ desired aesthetic and create a symmetrically balanced, pleasing, and functional nose – shared goals between Caucasian and Non-Caucasian patients.

To make your African American rhinoplasty appear natural, your surgeon needs to follow natural eyebrow to nasal tip aesthetics and conform to symmetry and improved nasal breathing.

An experienced plastic surgeon will create the nose you desire while maintaining a natural appearance and improving your breathing ability.

 Not all plastic surgeons perform rhinoplasty procedures, and not all surgeons who perform rhinoplasties can do an African American rhinoplasty.

This is because rhinoplasty surgery is a highly specialized procedure, with most doctors gaining the majority of their experience working on Caucasian female noses. It takes experience working with various nasal shapes to gain the expertise necessary to provide the subtle changes required to create a natural, aesthetically balanced nose.

A good idea is to review your surgeon’s gallery (case study 3case study 9, and case study 29), their patients’ reviews and testimonials, and be thorough during your consultation process. Some African American patients will also be looking for revision rhinoplasty, a procedure in which Dr. Barrera also excels

We strongly recommend a consultation before any plastic surgery, particularly rhinoplasty. Your medical history, objectives, and a physical exam are vital to determine candidacy for an African American rhinoplasty in San Antonio with Dr. Barrera. Most importantly, you, as the patient, have the opportunity to interview the surgeon about their experience performing African American rhinoplasties.

The risks of an African American rhinoplasty are the same as any other rhinoplasty; however, these are minimized when choosing an experienced plastic surgeon. Hazards include bruising, bleeding, compromised breathing, and scarring. 

Leading up to your African American rhinoplasty, it’s best to: 

  • Equip yourself with as much knowledge regarding the procedure as possible. 
  • Have an idea of what you want to achieve through the procedure
  • Get the go-ahead for surgery from a third-party medical professional 
  • Consult with highly qualified plastic surgeons until you decide on the right one for you

Complete recovery from African American rhinoplasty may take up to a year. While you will notice results after one month, and some patients will be fully healed within 4-6 months, one year is generally when all the new structures are fused and permanently set.

Most patients return to work one week after their African American rhinoplasty.

For many patients, traveling to have the best surgeon possible perform their African American rhinoplasty is essential. As such, patients should factor in 3-4 days before flying after the procedure. However, traveling by car (chaperoned by someone) immediately after the surgery is also acceptable. 

Many patients experience the best benefits when they combine their rhinoplasty with other treatments, particularly minimally invasive treatments such as dermal fillers or Botox®.  

African American rhinoplasty cost in San Antonio varies by surgeon experience, facility fees, and anesthesia fees. Often, additional cartilage grafting is required, which may increase the cost. Contact your surgeon’s office to discuss pricing.

African American Rhinoplasty in San Antonio, Texas

Dr. Jose Barrera is a leading plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in rhinoplasty surgery for patients from diverse backgrounds. Rhinoplasty demands specialist expertise and patients need to look no further than the extensively trained, honorably affiliated Dr. Barrera in San Antonio, Texas, for all their rhinoplasty needs. Call 210 468 5426 or fill out his online form to discuss how rhinoplasty can help you.