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Understanding Nasal Anatomy

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 Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon and Rhinoplasty Expert. He has over 20 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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  • I am so thankful to have come across Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj of The Aesthetic Institute of New York & New Jersey. "Dr. S." (as I like to call him for obvious reasons, haha) is a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, and it turns out he has an entire website dedicated to his work with African-American patients: www.africanamericanrhinoplasty.com. I was immediately impressed with the wealth of information that he has on his site, including information about his practice, his stellar credentials, his surgical inventions (i.e., the SLUPimplant™) ...

  • I was terrified of having surgery but after two consultations with Dr. S., my anxiety was alleviated, and this was my biggest hurdle. I was able to see what my results would be after surgery through "computer imaging". He spent as much time with me as needed and said I could come back as many times as I wanted before making a decision. That was refreshing. I asked to speak with at least 3 other patients of Dr. S. and did. They shared my initial fear and they helped me by explaining their experiences from a patient's point of view! Dr. S. specia...

  • The doctor is very approachable and personable and I felt that he is really listening to me. He made every effort to be easily accessible via email or phone. He also followed me every step of the process, not only during the surgery but also during the recovery period.

  • Board Certified with specialized training and loads of experience in Nose Surgery. I was able to see and discuss my results beforehand thru computer imaging so I felt very comfortable with what my result would be. Having consulted with other Drs. who did not have same training, imaging and were twice the surgical cost, I made my decision.

  • Dr. S. is excellent. From the first visit to the follow-ups I always felt comfortable. Look great and feel great, have recommended him others. Really great bedside manner and I was not the best patient. Thanks Dr. S. I really appreciate your patience!!

  • I had a Rhinoplasty done by Dr. S. and he did exactly what I wanted, which was a custom bridge implant.

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    I am a 27 year old, African-American female from the Midwest and I just recently had a Rhinoplasty procedure performed on February 9, 2012. I had known for a long time that I wanted to have the procedure done to correct a bump in the bridge of my nose, reduce the width of my nose, as well as to refine my down-turned nasal tip. This was an operation that I was not going to trust to just anybody, so I spent countless hours researching and looking for a surgeon who had significant experience working with African-American patients. Because I liv...
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