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Ethnic Rhinoplasty
In New Orleans, LA

You Are Unique; Enhance What Makes You That Way

Bring harmony, symmetry, and balance to your natural features with Ethnic Rhinoplasty in New Orleans. By prioritizing each patient's individuality, the goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is a natural-looking outcome without loss of your cultural or racial identity.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery

The decision to undergo any type of plastic surgery can be challenging and intimidating, especially when it is a highly specific procedure on a prominent part of your face. At Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery in New Orleans, LA, we are here to help guide you through every step, from consultation to surgery to follow-up. Dr. Melancon is highly skilled in aesthetic surgery of the face, including Ethnic Rhinoplasty, and can offer an expert eye in achieving your goals.

What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to reshape the nose while maintaining and/or enhancing the patient's ethnic identity. This procedure is tailored to the patient's specific needs and features, taking into account their unique cultural background, aesthetic preference, and facial anatomy. Just like a standard rhinoplasty, the surgery involves making small incisions near or inside the nose, making alterations to the skin, tissue, and sometimes bone, and then repositioning each part to achieve an optimal result. An understanding of unique anatomy in some ethnic populations is paramount to success in Ethnic Rhinoplasty. The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is to produce a result that is aesthetically pleasing and in harmony with the patient's natural unique features.

Ethnic Rhinoplastyvs. Traditional Rhinoplasty

While both traditional and ethnic rhinoplasty aim to enhance the appearance and function of the nose, the approach and goals of the two procedures differ significantly. Traditional rhinoplasty tends to focus on creating a symmetrical and proportionate nose that sometimes takes a westernized, one-size-fits-all approach. In contrast, ethnic rhinoplasty takes into account the unique cultural and anatomical features of the patient, preserving and enhancing their ethnic identity while bringing harmony to the appearance and improving the function of the nose. With Ethnic Rhinoplasty New Orleans plastic surgeons require an in depth knowledge of the differences in underlying anatomy, which often requires different steps in rhinoplasty for an optimal outcome.

New Orleans ethnic rhinoplasty patient with dark hair

Common Benefits of Ethnic Rhinoplasty

  • Greater definition in the nose and/or elevation of a flattened bridge
  • Reduction of a bulbous tip resulting in tip refinement
  • Narrowing of a widened nasal base, resulting in improved harmony with the rest of your facial features
  • Correct functional breathing issues like a deviated septum, valve collapse, or turbinate hypertrophy

Am I a candidate for Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Addressing aesthetic concerns while preserving your cultural identity is the primary goal of ethnic rhinoplasty. If this is your goal, this procedure may be a great option for you. Our New Orleans Ethnic Rhinoplasty patients should be in good health overall and understand the expected outcomes of cosmetic surgery, with a goal for improvement and not perfection.

Consultation and Preparation

At Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery, we will not only discuss your aesthetic goals and medical history, but we'll also get to know you and your specific reasons for seeking this procedure, so we can learn what we can do to ensure you have an optimal outcome. If together we determine this is the best option for your needs, we will provide you with detailed information on the full process and any necessary preparation. For more information on what to expect from a surgical consultation, please refer to our Patient Resources page.


General anesthesia is required for all rhinoplasties. Ethnic Rhinoplasty surgery involves separating the skin from the underlying structures of the nose to shape it according to the patient's desired result. The sculpting process is followed by repositioning and reattaching the skin. The duration of rhinoplasty surgery usually lasts between 3.5-4.5 hours, depending on each individual case.

Results, Recovery, and Aftercare

After surgery, you will experience swelling and tenderness that will continue to resolve over the first few weeks. It's important to follow all post-operative instructions that you receive to ensure the healing process goes smoothly and as planned. This surgery is considered permanent, and revision should only be needed if the patient wishes to make any adjustments after the initial treatment.

New Orleans ethnic rhinoplasty patient with black hair

Why Dr. Melancon at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery?

Dr. Claire Melancon takes pride in being an artist herself and has an eye for proportion and beauty.

Ultimately, plastic surgery is about improving aesthetics, so having a doctor with artistic knowledge is highly beneficial. Along with aesthetic skill, Dr. Melancon is surgically and technically adept and completed a high-profile fellowship with Dr. Russel Kridel, an internationally recognized facial plastic surgeon, who is specifically known for his work in revision rhinoplasties. Dr. Melancon shares this passion for rhinoplasty, and specifically enjoys offering the breadth of rhinoplasty - traditional, ethnic, and revisions, which many plastic surgeons do not.

Schedule Your New Orleans Ethnic Rhinoplasty Consultation at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery Today

We are here to walk you through each step of your ethnic rhinoplasty. Call us today at 504-264-7833 or schedule your appointment online.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty FAQ

Ethnic rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia, so the procedure is painless. Post-operatively, you are provided with pain medication to manage any discomfort.

This procedure is very safe when performed by a skilled professional. As with any surgery, there are risks that could include swelling, bleeding, or infection. The risks of this procedure will be discussed in depth prior to your surgery.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty is considered a permanent procedure and the results should last a lifetime, though aging can play a role in changing the nose with time.

In general, frames should be avoided for about 4 to 6 weeks. There are numerous products available on the market that redistribute the weight of glasses for wear sooner after a rhinoplasty.

Since rhinoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia or sedation, you will need someone to drive you home, and it's best to have some assistance for about 24 hours as the effects wear off. If you do not have this available, we can provide information on services that can assist you with this.

Yes, to ensure ideal healing and reduce swelling, it is important to sleep slightly elevated on your back a few weeks if you are able.

Before the age of 50 is often considered optimal for Ethnic Rhinoplasty due to the amount of elasticity that is still present in the skin. However, there is truly no upper limit as long as your surgeon feels they can achieve the desired outcome with your skin. Typically, no younger than 16 to 18 is recommended to ensure the nose is fully developed.

The cost of this surgery varies greatly depending on what technique is used, the extent of the surgery, and whether rib cartilage is required.

At Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery, we know one of the most challenging parts of this process is the first step. We are a welcoming, restful place for you to come and learn about all the ways you can live life to the fullest and be the most beautiful you. Call or click to schedule a consultation to learn how you can breathe easy at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery.

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