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Latino Non Surgical Rhinoplasty?

Addressing Common Concerns for Latino Patients

Humans generally view the face as one cohesive whole—the eyes, nose, mouth, and so on, blend into one object: the face (or the person). This is how we identify one another. So when one part of the face begins to draw too much attention to itself, the entirety can become distorted—our face can become unbalanced. The solution to this has traditionally been a surgical rhinoplasty procedure: a plastic surgeon will create an incision in the nose, pull the skin back above the bridge, and make whatever changes to the structure of the nose are necessary. Unfortunately, this procedure can be quite painful—with an equally painful recovery period.

Modern solutions, however, include the non-surgical nose job. This procedure uses non-surgical means to produce similar results, and that’s true across many modern ethnic lines as well. For our Latino patients, this is a welcome development, as it provides for a non-surgical alternative to Latino and Hispanic rhinoplasty procedures. While all patients are individuals, we do tend to see some common complaints among patients who self-identify with certain ethnic groups, and this is certainly true for patients who identify as Hispanic or Latino.

The “Latino” Nose

Latino is a broad term used to describe anyone who identifies ancestry with Latin-American geography (essentially, Mexico, Central America and South America). While often used interchangeably with “Hispanic,” that term actually applies to language. Someone usually identifies with “Hispanic” if they identify a part of their ancestry that spoke Spanish. Latino tends to be the more encompassing term, as it also includes the rather large populations of Portuguese-speaking nations such as Brazil.

Patients who self-identify as Latino generally have some similar features of the nose that they are looking to change. These features may include some of the following:

  • Lack of depth or definition in the bridge of the nose
  • Thicker skin in the nose area, leading to less “radiance”
  • Lack of definition in the tip of the nose
  • Lack of symmetry in the nose

It should, of course, be made clear that none of these complaints are unique to Latino patients. Rather, they simply tend to be common among Latino patients.

The Procedure

Dr Rivkin and Dr. Cohen both believe strongly in preserving your unique identity, and part of that identity is your ethnic associations. In other words, the point of a Latino non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure is not to give the patient a more “Caucasian” nose. Instead, we’re looking to help patients realize the kind of proportion that will bring balance to the face—and divert attention from their noses. In the case of Latino patients, this is often accomplished by adding volume and definition to the nose, especially in the bridge and the tip.
Before and after photo of a latino non surgical nose job patient.
Many patients desire a well defined bridge and a slightly upturned tip. In order to accomplish this, Dr. Rivkin or Dr. Cohen will inject a preselected volume of dermal filler into the targeted area of the nose. Once the nose has been injected, the cosmetic surgeon will “mold” the filler into the desired shape by applying gentle pressures. Most patients feel little to no discomfort during the procedure, and the injections themselves, when felt, are reportedly more akin to a slight pinching sensation than any kind of pain.

In order to help manage any discomfort and to prevent bruising, you may be asked to hold an ice pack to your nose between injections.

Results and Recovery

The results of a non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures for patients who identify as Latino are usually quite pleasing to the patient. The nose has more definition, a perkier shape, and, in essence, helps bring the face into better balance. Less attention is focused on the nose itself, and more on the overall face of the individual. Dr. Rivkin and Dr. Cohen both believe in honoring the individual, so your results will still be unmistakably you.

The duration of the results will depend on the type of dermal filler you’ve elected to have injected. Some fillers can last for between six months or a year. Other fillers can be effectively permanent, lasting for nearly a decade. The advantage of non-surgical procedures is that you can ensure you like your results (by utilizing a temporary filler) before you commit to a permanent result.

Recovery for this procedure is essentially instant. There should be no lingering pain or maintenance issues, though there might be some slight swelling. However, you should be able to resume normal activities immediately—and you’ll also be able to enjoy your results immediately.

If you’re interested in learning more about a non-surgical rhinoplasty procedure specifically calibrated for issues common among Latino patients, contact Dr. Rivkin or Dr. Cohen today.