Ethnic Rhinoplasty in San Antonio with Dr. Jose Barrera of the Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery
Change your nose and preserve your ethnic identity. Dr. Jose Barrera, MD a board-certified facial plastic surgeon and one of the leading experts in ethnic rhinoplasty in San Antonio, specializes in this complex and delicate nasal refinement procedure.
Meeting with Dr. Barrera for your ethnic rhinoplasty consultation is an unparalleled opportunity to explore facial plastic surgery with one of the highly regarded surgeons in the field. Dr. Barrera is a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and as an active duty surgeon, has served as Chairman of Otolaryngology and Chief of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the San Antonio Military Medical Center. Dr. Barrera now offers his rhinoplasty services to men and women across Texas and the United States.
Dr. Barrera will share his insight gleaned from decades in the medical field as he answers questions, offers treatment recommendations, and helps you discover your best look. If you’re thinking about ethnic rhinoplasty, come meet with Dr. Barrera. While many of our patients come from the South and Central Texas area and Rio Grande Valley, we help many patients traveling from other states by arranging virtual consultations via Skype and can recommend local lodging accommodations. Fly into San Antonio International Airport and arrive at Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery with a 15- minute Uber or Taxicab drive.
You can get your initial nose job questions answered when you call us at 210-468-5426. Dr. Barrera provides his best insights about your nose via a one-on-one consultation at Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery.
How to Preserve Your Ethnicity When Undergoing Rhinoplasty
In the early days of rhinoplasty, the goal was typically a very European nose. While this standard type of rhinoplasty is still popular, it is no longer the only option. Ethnic rhinoplasty (also known as “ethnic nose job”) is our solution for patients seeking to preserve their ethnic identity while refining their noses.
You’ll find beautiful noses around the world and ethnic rhinoplasty brings a diversity in nasal shape to the rhinoplasty field. This specialized procedure crafts a nasal appearance that is consistent with a patient’s genetic heritage while removing undesirable shapes and enhancing nasal function. We remove bumps, humps, and deviations without compromising a patient’s unique look.
San Antonio is a city known for its diversity, and as one of the top rhinoplasty providers in Texas, Dr. Barrera has the opportunity to perform ethnic rhinoplasty on men and women from around the world. Many of our patients have ethnic roots in Mexico and South America. We’ve also worked with countless patients with cultural backgrounds from around the world. Dr. Barrera specializes in Hispanic rhinoplasty, African rhinoplasty, Middle Eastern rhinoplasty, and Asian rhinoplasty.
Our ethnic rhinoplasty patients are proud of their heritage and are seeking refinements in both form and function. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Barrera to learn how you can achieve your rhinoplasty goals.
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Form and Function: What Can Rhinoplasty Do for You?
Rhinoplasty offers patients both cosmetic and functional benefits. This procedure is best known for altering nasal appearance, but that is only a portion of what nasal surgery can achieve. Functional and breathing improvements after this procedure can change lives, dramatically enhancing well-being and often alleviating uncomfortable symptoms associated with airway obstruction. The social and emotional benefits of this procedure run deep. Our patients report high satisfaction rates, stemming from dramatic improvement in both appearance and breathing.
As a board-certified otolaryngologist (head and neck surgeon), Dr. Barrera never sacrifices function to achieve any perceived notion of beauty. During his residency in otolaryngology, he won a research grant to study head and neck cancer. Recognized by George Washington University for this and other work, he won the Arthur S. Fleming Scientific Award, the Department of Defense Surgeon of the Year and Top Research Award. He has been recognized as one of the top 100 cosmetic providers in the United States by Realself.com.
How does rhinoplasty achieve these benefits? During the procedure, Dr. Barrera carefully shapes the bone and cartilage of the nose. Throughout the procedure, he pays careful attention to the nose’s appearance and the airway. Cosmetic changes can impact breathing and functional changes can affect appearance. We emphasize aesthetic results while always reconstructing and maintaining the airway. Balancing both form and function is essential for a successful rhinoplasty procedure.
Common benefits after ethnic rhinoplasty include:
- Nasal hump or bump removal
- Tip refinement
- Repair of damage from past nasal trauma or traumatic injury
- Improvement to breathing
- Enhancement to ethnic features and appearance
- Improvement to facial symmetry and balance
- Repair of structural defects or nasal deficiencies
Look and breathe at your best after your ethnic rhinoplasty in San Antonio, TX.
Your Ethnic Rhinoplasty Consultation with Dr. Jose Barrera, Triple Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon
Plastic surgery consultations are standard in aesthetic medicine, but few providers offer a consultation as robust and comprehensive as Dr. Barrera. As a triple board-certified surgeon, holding board-certifications in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and Sleep Medicine/Sleep Surgery, he is uniquely qualified to offer patients insight into aesthetics, airway, breathing, and sleep. Our consultations incorporate Dr. Barrera’s many skillsets to provide patients with a comprehensive look at the aesthetic results we can
achieve and the quality of life benefits that may accompany this procedure. We’ll walk you through the procedure in depth while utilizing the latest technologies to provide visualizations of potential results.
Information is an essential part of our consultations, as is beginning a relationship with Dr. Barrera. We believe that the best surgical results are built on a foundation of trust and communication. Our consultations facilitate this process by encouraging open interaction between surgeon and patient. The nose and face are complex and we imagine you have complex questions. We always leave plenty of time for questions and answers during our patient consultations.
Cost and What to Expect from Rhinoplasty Surgery in Texas
Dr. Barrera is one of the best-qualified rhinoplasty surgeons in Texas and a world-renowned rhinoplasty expert. He has published more than 40 articles, many in peer-reviewed medical publications, about rhinoplasty and facial surgery techniques.
Dr. Barrera is confident with both open and closed rhinoplasty techniques, choosing the option that will best facilitate your ideal results. During your personalized consultation, Dr. Barrera will recommend which technique is best and discuss the cost of the procedure based on your individual needs.
Our ethnic rhinoplasty procedures are always performed in an AAAASF accredited surgical facility equipped with the latest advances in plastic surgery. We only use board-certified anesthesiologists.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty Recovery
Recovery is a patient’s most important job during the rhinoplasty process. Dr. Barrera will work meticulously in the operating room to create smooth and natural-looking results. During recovery, it is important to carefully follow recovery instructions provided by Dr. Barrera.
We’ll provide detailed recovery information before your ethnic rhinoplasty that may include tips like:
- Don’t blow your nose until instructed.
- Ice the nose and eye area with crushed ice for the first 48 hours to reduce swelling and bruising.
- Change dressings under the nose regularly.
- Do not disturb the nasal cast. It will be removed in-office and is typically worn for approximately 1 week.
- Avoid strenuous activities for at least 3 weeks.
- Rest more than you usually do.
- Sleep with your head elevated for at least 2-3 weeks.
- Do not wear glasses or sunglasses that rest on the nose for at least 8 weeks. If you wear glasses, we’ll show you how to tape them to the forehead to avoid nasal pressure. Contacts can be worn a few days after surgery.
- Avoid the sun and tanning lamps for at least 6 weeks. Sun causes swelling and possibly discoloration.
- Take your medications as instructed, starting the day before surgery.
Tenderness, bruising, and swelling are expected and will be experienced by most patients during the recovery process. With proper care, most patients feel dramatically better within several days and are back to many daily activities in 1-2 weeks after ethnic rhinoplasty.
In general, 50% of swelling goes away after one month with proper care of the nose. Swelling diminishes about 70% after 3 months and 90% after one year.
Call Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery to book your ethnic rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Barrera, Stanford University Fellowship trained and board-certified facial plastic surgeon and expert in ethnic rhinoplasty.
FAQs About Ethnic Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty surgery involves similar incisions, approaches, and techniques. Ethnic variations exist in different ethnic groups that must be recognized as it is important to the patient. African American rhinoplasty involve reconstructing a wider nasal base and lack of rigidity in the alar cartilage. Similarly, Latinos may present with wide cartilages and a wide nasal base. Asian rhinoplasty may involve augmenting the dorsum of the nose. Middle Eastern noses frequently have strong rigid alar cartilages and an overprojecting dorsum or hump.
The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is similar to the goal of every rhinoplasty. An aesthetic pleasing and symmetric nose. Skin thickness evaluation is a critical part of the rhinoplasty assessment. Thick skin is often inelastic and requires structural support. Thin skin can show small imperfections which can result in postoperative contour deformities. The goal is to have a natural dorsal aesthetic line and nasal tip refinement.
Ethnic rhinoplasty results should look natural. Over-resection of the alar cartilages and excessive hump take down can make the nose look over-resected and overdone.
While facial plastic surgeons are specifically trained to perform rhinoplasty, knowledge and experience separate those surgeons with the best results. Dr. Barrera has performed over 800 rhinoplasty surgeries. His practice specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty for Hispanic or Latino patients and frequently performs surgery on African-American, Asian, and Middle Eastern noses.
A consultation is necessary before considering ethnic rhinoplasty. Although we offer zoom consultation and telemedicine visits, a proper examination is necessary to assess the patient’s goals, nasal tip recoil, septal cartilage deviations leading to nasal obstruction, nasal valve abnormlaties, allergy and congestion, dorsal hump irregularities, and the need for alar reduction surgery.
Dr. Barrera’s practice specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty; specifically, the correction of aesthetic abnormalities and nasal obstruction. During the evaluation, Dr. Barrera will assess the thickness of the skin, tip recoil, nasal spine relationship to the septum, and septal deviation or perforation. He will elicit your history of previous surgery, autoimmune disorders, and medication history. Nasal obstruction will be assessed and when necessary nasal endoscopy will be performed to evaluate for allergy, turbinate hypertrophy, chronic sinusitis, septal deflections and synechiae. Photography will be performed and when needed a morphing simulation of the nose can be performed for the patient. A surgical plan will be created and realistic goals will be discussed. In addition, chin position relative to the Gonzalez Ulloa line is addressed for patients with microgenia, micrognathia, and retrognathia.
Rhinoplasty recovery involves a one week long convalescent period whereby an external cast will be worn and possibly an internal Doyle splint. During this week, the patient is asked to irrigate the nose with a Neil-Med sinus rinse bottle containing hypertonic saline. The incisions are kept clean and aquaphor or Skinceutical Hydrabalm is used for the nostril incision and the columella incisions. Swelling is present for the first year. After 3 – 6 months, 50% of the swelling diminishes. The nose is near complete at one year.
Long-Term Results: Subsequent alterations in nasal appearance may occur as the result of aging, weight loss or gain, sun exposure, pregnancy, menopause, or other circumstances not related to tip rhinoplasty surgery. Future surgery or other treatments may be necessary
Patients can return to work after one week after ethnic rhinoplasty. It is recommended not to lift greater than 10 lbs for 3 weeks.
Travel after ethnic rhinoplasty is possible. Splints and sutures must be removed after one week. San Antonio is a friendly tourist city in Texas. Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery and Dr. Barrera’s plastic surgery clinic is a 15 minute drive from the San Antonio International Airport. We will help out of town patients find local hotel accommodations for their preoperative and perioperative recovery in San Antonio, Texas.
Ethnic rhinoplasty is often performed with other facial rejuvenation treatments such as lip fillers, botox, facial fillers, and laser. Other surgeries performed with ethnic rhinoplasty includes facelift and browlift surgery, bleparoplasty, chin augmentation, and neck lift procedures.
Ethnic rhinoplasty cost in San Antonio varies between $5000 to $15,000. The determining factor in cost is the surgeon’s fee, OR facility fee, need for septal or costal rib cartilage for reconstruction, need for additional grafts for onlay augmentation, and anesthesia fees. Our team at Texas Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery will provide you with a customized estimate of fees after your consultation.
Preservation rhinoplasty has emerged as a newer technique to address the dorsal hump and minimize irregularities and boney regrowth at the rhinion of the nose. Dr. Barrera is a leading rhinoplasty in the United States specializing in Preservation Rhinoplasty. In his practice, Dr. Barrera performs several preservation rhinoplasty procedures every month. Dr. Barrera combines the “Let Down” Procedure and structural rhinoplasty techniques with controlled osteotomies using state of the art Piezo Ultrasonic reduction of the nasal bones. Osteotomies in combination with cartilage grafting is performed to obtain the desired slope of the nose. Crooked noses may require additional osteotomies, septal extension grafts, or spreader grafting.