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Differences Between Caucasian and
African American Ethnic Nasal Anatomy

Ethnic nose

African American and Ethnic noses present several anatomical differences when compared to the Caucasian nose. These variations create a much higher degree of difficulty for the Rhinoplasty Surgeon operating on them. For that reason, the African American or Ethnic patient interested in Rhinoplasty Surgery is tasked with finding an expertly trained, experienced and knowledgeable Facial Plastic Surgeon who always achieves proven results with their unique nasal anatomy.

How Does Dr. Slupchynskyj Address the Anatomical Differences in the African American/Ethnic Nose for Superior Results in Rhinoplasty Surgery?

Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj is a Double Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Expert. He has 18 years of experience working with African American and Ethnic patients. While every patient is certainly different, he has found that there are often three main anatomical distinctions between Caucasian and African American/Ethnic noses that must be addressed as part of a successful Rhinoplasty procedure.

The Ethnic/African American nose typically has a lower nasal bridge when compared to the bridge of a Caucasian nose. Patients with this low nasal bridge almost always request a higher, more refined bridge in Ethnic Rhinoplasty. To address this common concern in his African American and Ethnic patients, Dr. Slupchynskyj created and patented the SLUPimplant™, his custom-carved silastic implant to augment the nasal bridge. Far superior to factory-formed "one size fits all" silicone implants, every SLUPimplant™ is individually hand-carved by Dr. Slupchynskyj to attain the ideal bridge height for each patient based upon their very individual, unique requirements and desired results. More information about the best (and worst) choice for nasal implants, their safety record and Dr. Slupchynskyj's innovative SLUPimplant™ can be found here.

The second difference frequently seen in the African American/Ethnic nose is increased nostril width. Wide nostrils can sometimes create or contribute to the appearance of an oversized nose that doesn't fit the face. Nostril narrowing helps to balance the nostrils with the rest of the nose, eyes and entire face. Dr. Slupchynskyj has developed an extremely advanced and specialized two-fold approach to nostril narrowing surgery that achieves a much more natural-looking and smaller nostril in African American and Ethnic patients. Dr. Slupchynskyj narrows the nostril from the horizontal and vertical aspects while maintaining the natural curve of the nostril where it meets the face, creating a superior result in the African American/Ethnic nose while maintaining ethnicity of the nose and face. Read more about how Dr. Slupchynskyj modified traditional nostril narrowing techniques to better suit the African American/Ethnic patient.

As seen in the illustration above, African American and Ethnic noses often have additional or excess fatty tissue and weak, or thin cartilage in the nasal tip. This is the third main anatomical distinction between the African American/Ethnic nose and the Caucasian nose. Extra fatty tissue can give the nose a swollen or bulbous appearance and weak cartilage contributes to the lack of definition in the nasal tip. Using his meticulous surgical technique and the Advanced Open Rhinoplasty approach, Dr. Slupchynskyj removes the excess fat while properly reinforcing and refining the nasal tip using cartilage grafts.


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Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
44 East 65th Street, New York 10065 (212) 628-6464
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