African American rhinoplasty is the name used when referring to a nose job, reconstruction work of the nose or a reshaping of the nose for those of African descent. Though it may seem that rhinoplasty is the same for everyone, it is slightly different for those who are African American in comparison to those of Caucasian heritage. Though the procedure may be performed in roughly the same manner, some unique issues are at play, based on the different shape and structure of the nose itself.
The primary issue of African American rhinoplasty is in regards to the reshaping of the nose; specifically the slimming or narrowing of the nose. Since only so much cartilage and tissue can be removed, the nose can only be made proportionally slimmer and cannot be completely transformed in to a nose that is too slim. Typically, an African American will possess a wider nose, including a wider brim and overall width, which means the nose can be slimmed down; yet it cannot be safely trimmed down to create a pointed and slim nose shape. This is one of the issues most common to African American rhinoplasty.
The regular, or traditional, kind of nose jobs reshape the nose through surgical procedures. Though an African American nose can also be reshaped and reconstructed, one must keep in mind the rest of the facial features when choosing a new or revised shape for the nose. This too is an overt concern when dealing with African American rhinoplasty as you do not want to create a nose shape for the face which stands out or simply looks out of place. In fact, this is one of the reasons why some people are dissatisfied with a nose job, as the new nose just does not fit the face shape or frame; and thus looks out of place, unusual and even fake.
Some of the other issues which need to be taken in to consideration for African Americans considering or even contemplating a nose job or rhinoplasty is the issue of scarring. The majority of people will not have very noticeable scars, however, for some with darker skin scars may be an issue that needs to addressed before opting for such surgery. This is because the scars can stand out against the skin and show up much more so than compared to lighter or fairer skin tones. Though not a primary concern, it is something to be considered and thus actively discussed with a plastic surgeon if you have such concerns.
For the most part rhinoplasty is the same for everyone, though some ethnic groups need to better understand the limitations of the procedure itself so that they do not enter in to such cosmetic surgery in the hopes of having a completely redesigned nose that may not be what they wanted. Open and honest discussion with a surgeon trained and skilled in African American rhinoplasty is the best way you can make an educated and well informed decision if getting a nose job is something you have been considering and have decided you need to investigate and explore further.