Asian Rhinoplasty

Asian Rhinoplasty

Asian Rhinoplasty

Overview of Asian Rhinoplasty

Many noses have a unique structure or shape that reveals a person’s ethnic background. As plastic surgery's popularity continues to grow globally, surgeons must devote more attention to patients' ethnic variations, both aesthetically and anatomically, when performing rhinoplasty.

There are several notable differences in anatomy and aesthetic preferences that influence the techniques and outcomes of Asian nose surgery. Anatomically, the Asian nose often has a lower and flatter bridge, a short and wide nasal tip, weak underlying cartilage and thicker skin. Common complaints are that the nose is poorly defined, too flat, too wide or too short. Aesthetically, Asian patients often desire a discreet look that retains their unique Asian beauty.

The Sydney plastic surgeons of Asian Plastic Surgery believe firmly that any rhinoplasty procedure must be tailored to the patient’s specific anatomy and preferences. Many Asian patients choose our surgeons for rhinoplasty due to their knowledge of Asian plastic surgery and cultural sensitivity in their approach to surgery. 

Benefits of Asian Rhinoplasty

There are numerous reasons patients consider nose surgery. Common desires of Asian rhinoplasty patients include:

  • Augmenting the structure of the nasal dorsum
  • Increasing the projection of the nose
  • Refining the nasal tip
  • Thinning the nasal bridge
  • Altering the angle between the nasal tip and upper lip
  • Adjusting the shape or width of the nostrils

Additional reasons to consider nose surgery include reducing snoring, improving breathing, correcting damage from an injury or refining the results of a previous rhinoplasty.

All candidates for Asian rhinoplasty in Sydney must be physically healthy and have realistic expectations regarding what can be achieved with surgery. One of our surgeons will evaluate your candidacy for a rhinoplasty procedure during a private consultation.

What to Expect

The first step of an Asian rhinoplasty procedure is a consultation with a plastic surgeon. During this initial meeting, your surgeon will assess your anatomy, medical history and goals to create a personalised surgical plan. Use this time to communicate your questions and concerns and learn about the procedure so you feel completely at ease heading into surgery. 

Asian rhinoplasty is an inpatient procedure performed under general anaesthesia. Many different techniques may be utilised, depending on your goals. Before your procedure, your surgeon will gauge which technique suits your needs and explain your options thoroughly.

Recovery experiences can vary significantly from one person to another due to a multitude of factors. These include the specifics of your procedure, your body’s natural healing process, individual health conditions, age, lifestyle, skin quality and adherence to aftercare instructions.

This variability means that while we can provide general guidelines and average recovery timelines, your personal experience may differ. The following information about rhinoplasty recovery is a general overview and should not replace the personalised guidance you will receive during your consultations and postoperative care.

Key Recovery Expectations

Initial Downtime: 1-2 weeks
Full Recovery: 3-6 months for majority of swelling to subside; complete healing may take up to a year, with subtle changes and refinement occurring during this time
What to Expect: swelling, bruising (especially around the eyes), numbness, nasal congestion, discomfort, headache
Activity: light activities can be resumed within a few days; avoid strenuous activities, heavy lifting and contact sports for at least 6 weeks.
Medications: Pain relief medications, nausea control medications and antibiotics will be prescribed
Aftercare: avoid blowing your nose (gently wiping is allowed); sneeze with your mouth open; avoid activities where bumping your nose could occur; do not set glasses on your nose for 4-6 weeks
Sleeping: sleep on your back and with your head elevated for the first few weeks
Garments: a nasal splint is usually worn for the first week; ensure that it does not get wet while bathing (many patients find it easier to take baths instead of showers)
Incisions: the splint and any sutures are typically removed around one week post-op
Scars: scarring is typically minimal, as the incisions are small or located inside the nasal cavity

Recovery from Asian rhinoplasty takes several weeks. There is some expected discomfort in the first days, which is managed with prescription pain relief. Bruising and swelling decline noticeably within the first two weeks. Many patients find they are comfortable returning to work and social engagements after these two weeks have passed. Others prefer a longer recovery if their schedule allows. 

Full results emerge gradually. Because cartilage is slow to heal and settle into its final shape, you may continue to notice changes in your nose’s appearance for six months to a year after your surgery.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Making an Informed Decision

Undergoing plastic surgery is a significant decision that should be made only after careful consideration of all aspects involved, including the potential risks and complications. 

General Risks and Complications

There are general risks and complications that apply to most plastic surgery procedures. These are discussed in detail on our Risks and Complications page.

Specific Risks and Complications

In addition to those that apply generally to plastic surgery, each individual procedure comes with its own specific risks and complications. For Asian rhinoplasty, these may include: 

  • Prolonged swelling
  • Septal perforation (a hole in the nasal septum)
  • Numbness or reduced sensation
  • Nasal valve collapse
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Possibility of revisional surgery
  • Implant complications
  • Cartilage graft warping

Next Steps

Request a consultation at Asian Plastic Surgery for a detailed discussion of these considerations. One of our specialist plastic surgeons will conduct a thorough risk assessment based on your individual factors and outline the measures that can be taken to minimise these risks. Our entire team are here to support your decision-making process, providing all the information you need to make well-informed choices about your care.

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Dr Ellis Choy

Specialist plastic Surgeon

Dr Ellis Choy is an Australian trained, fully qualified Specialist Plastic Surgeon. He specialises in a wide range of Asian Plastic Surgery procedures involving the face, breast and body works. As an Aesthetic Plastic Surgeon, Dr Choy helps his patients achieve life-changing transformation via personal enhancement.

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The plastic surgery team at Asian Plastic Surgery use their extensive expertise in Asian cosmetic surgery to perform rhinoplasty that celebrates Asian facial features. Being of Asian heritage themselves, our plastic surgeons have personal knowledge of Asian anatomy and understand the concerns of Asian patients. Patients from all over Australia travel to Sydney for our surgeons’ proficiency in Asian plastic surgery.

For more information about Asian rhinoplasty in Sydney, contact Asian Plastic Surgery today on +02 5104 9703.

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