The Ethnic Nose

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There are distinctive anatomical differences between the non-Caucasian (platyrrhine, mesorrhine) nose and the Caucasian (leptorrhine) nose. In general, non-Caucasian patients requesting aesthetic rhinoplasty desire improvement and refinement of their noses with preservation of defining ethnic characteristics. Surgeons who perform rhinoplasty in this patient population must be familiar with the variations in nasal anatomy and implement augmentation rather than reduction techniques to achieve the desired aesthetic and functional outcomes. We provide a brief review of recent historical trends in ethnic rhinoplasty, highlight relevant anatomical differences, and describe our strategy for addressing the challenges of ethnic rhinoplasty.

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