Ethnic rhinoplasty is a procedure for patients with black or Asian skin tone. In concrete terms, this intervention depends on the person’s ethnic identity. The cosmetic surgeon needs to take the patient’s ethnicity into account for security purposes.

Due to the nasal specificities in the so-called ethnic noses, this operation classifies among the specialized rhinoplasties. Therefore, it means that performing surgery on people of different ethnicity requires variable techniques. Discover all you need to know about ethnic rhinoplasty by reading this article.


The term ethnic rhinoplasty is highly effective on non-Caucasian patients. In Europe, this is the most popular plastic surgery procedure. It includes Africans, Asians, Middle Eastern or Caribbean people, Indians, or South Americans. These different ethnicities have specific features. So, the surgery methods need to adapt to them.

Ethnic rhinoplasties are numerous due to the many existing ethnic particularities. For example, some of these kinds of rhinoplasty patients have thick skin, less powerful cartilage, and short bones. Consequently, an ethnic nose job aims at giving the nose a better-defined tip with less flared nostrils. The correction often requires an augmentation rhinoplasty, not a reduction.


Ethnic rhinoplasty is an intervention aimed at working on patients with black or Asian facial features. Indeed, these patients present specificities at the level of the nose. It is why it requires techniques and a great mastery of rhinoplasty.

Patients with an ethnic nose have characteristics that are different to treat or correct without specific know-how. Thus, to provide a great result to patients of black or Asian origin, this type of rhinoplasty requires essential skills.

An Asian rhinoplasty allows the treatment of nose defects to certain degrees. To an extent, the correction of this part of the face is possible. The objective of an Asian nose job is not to westernize it. In other words, it succeeds in modifying the shape of the nose. The procedure helps to obtain well-proportioned nostrils. In the end, this procedure will restore the facial harmony of the face.

When performing ethnic rhinoplasty, the goal is to avoid the pitfall of a standardized, stereotyped nose. Else, the nasal result obtained will not be natural or harmonious with the rest of the face.

The cosmetic surgery operation needs to adapt to the anatomy of the patient. Nevertheless, this is even more true in the case of a black nose job.

On that account, ethnic rhinoplasty surgery requires specific techniques. And most often, it should correct the nose from the front and increase it from the side.

The surgeon must be aware of the result that the patient is expecting. Sometimes, the nose presents intricate defects. Yet, the desire for correction is minor concerning certain zones.


We can see the various degree of defects in patients. Only some of them can be visible. Thus, the wishes can be as follows:

  • Have a less wide nose.
  • Get a less flattened, short nasal septum and a better-defined volume of tip cartilage.
  • Obtain a nose with a better profile projection.
  • Reduced nasal flaring.

Moreover, all the persons who wish to have their dream nose can undergo this type of surgery.

The Consultation

During the initial rhinoplasty consultation with the plastic surgeons, the patient will discuss his expectations. It is the moment when the specialists will propose some solutions. Based on the initial anatomy, they will talk about the most efficient technique. Computer simulations will give more details about the intervention.

When working on an ethnic nose job, there may be some difficulties. The simulations might be complicated. During these presentations, the changes that will occur during the operation will not be visible.

After a first examination, the patient will get a second simulation to understand the concept of rhinoplasty augmentation. At this precise moment, he will see examples corresponding to his origins and morphological characteristics. This step is crucial as it is more convenient to visualizes the scars and the postoperative result in advance.

During the Procedure

Every Asian or black nose job requires a specific strategy and operational chronology. It is all about having changes and final results while maintaining ethnic characteristics. This method is also efficient in reinforcing the deficiency of the nose support. It helps in increasing it rather than trying to refine it through a rhinoplasty reduction.

The therapeutic strategy adopted by many ethnic rhinoplasty surgeons is relatively complex. The operation takes from 3 to 4 hours. It depends on the systematic removal of a fragment of ribs. The tissue under the scalp strengthens the structure of the nose.

The scars after the rhinoplasty procedure are in the hair. But rest assured, you will not need a haircut before going through this kind of surgery. After a reduction of the nose, a small scar sometimes remains in the fold around the nostrils.

The Aftermath of the Procedure

In comparison with other cosmetic procedures, the prolonged duration of postoperative oedema is not necessarily more complicated, but it lasts longer.

For instance, the result may sometimes be visible two years after the operation. However, there is rarely any bruising and swelling after this type of nose job. There are fewer problems with the use of ultrasonic rhinoplasty. The recovery period is quite fast.


With ethnic rhinoplasty, the main risk is that the patient may not always obtain the desired result. The primary reason is related to the surgery style used.

Therefore, some doctors must migrate to more complex and sophisticated methods. It allows them to provide significant results to the patients. Conversely, simple reduction techniques shall not offer the same degree of refinement. It is often the case even when combined with the replacement of grafts.

Finally, it is essential to remember that all foreign bodies in the nose have the potential of being infected. In other words, it may result in aesthetic deformities of the nose, which can sometimes be irreversible. When this kind of problem happens, it does not mean that the process should be banned. The specialist must elaborate on the potential risks well beforehand.


The price of an ethnic rhinoplasty depends on the complexity of your case and the type of hospitalization.

Without meeting the patient we don’t offer approximate prices as each patient is a different case. But we know that the economic factor is important when it comes to making a decision. Therefore, we offer the possibility for the patient to come to our facilities for a first free no-obligation visit.

You can consult with the surgeon regarding all your doubts and worries and we will offer the best solution and the best price.

There is no social security reimbursement for this specific nose job.


With more than 20 years of experience, Doctor Jesús Benito is one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in Europe. He is an authority in plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.

Doctor Benito masters several surgical techniques which allow him to achieve the best results in nose deformities. Some of his techniques have been presented in different scientific publications and at international congresses.

Doctor Jesús Benito: Publications:

  • Yoon T, Benito-Ruiz J, Garcia-Diez E, Serra-Renom JM. Our algorithm for nasal reconstruction. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2006;59(3):239-47.
  • Benito-Ruiz J, Raigosa M, Yoon TS. Columella Reconstruction Using a Free Flap From the First Web Space of the Foot. Ann Plast Surg. 2012 Sep; 69(3):279-82

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    Ronda del General Mitre, 84, 08021 (Barcelona, Spain)

    Nearest Metro Stations: Les Tres Torres / La Bonanova

    Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Spain | AGB | Dr Jesús Benito
    Cosmetic and plastic surgery in Spain | AGB | Dr Jesús Benito