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Ethnic Rhinoplasty in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the Bay Area

What is ethnic rhinoplasty?

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a personalized nose reshaping surgery that corrects what you dislike about your nose, while preserving your cultural identity. Ethnic rhinoplasty takes into consideration various elements that are unique to each background — such as skin thickness, nasal bone density, nostril configuration, and nasal bridge length. Dr. Jill Hessler is a specialist in this area. with an understanding that the best results can be achieved only through customized procedures, she has been providing beautiful ethnic rhinoplasty procedures in for residents in Palo Alto, San Jose, and throughout the Bay Area for the past 15 years.

What to expect in your consultation 

Dr. Hessler performs all consultations herself so that she can get to know you and your goals. During your consultation, she will ask you to describe your aesthetic concerns and goals. She will examine your nose and face, taking into consideration your skin type, cartilage thickness, and nasal bone length. 

She will also evaluate the amount of upturn or downturn to the tip of your nose. Dr. Hessler will walk you step-by-step through the entire rhinoplasty process, from pre-care to the surgery to your recovery. She will go over any questions you may have, and together with you, she will develop a personalized surgical plan just for you. 

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Who is a good candidate for ethnic rhinoplasty?

If you’re in Palo Alto, San Jose, or the Bay Area and you’re considering undergoing rhinoplasty with Dr. Hessler, you may be an excellent candidate. The best patients for this procedure are those who are unhappy with the appearance of their nose due to the size, width of the nasal bridge, size of the nostrils, or because of a hump, undefined nasal tip, or downward-pointing nasal tip. During your consultation with Dr. Hessler, she will examine the unique structure of your nose and face to determine the technique and alterations that should be made during your surgery. 

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Asian rhinoplasty

Asian-Americans often have thicker skin, a flatter nose bridge, wider nostrils, shorter nasal bones, and a broader, less defined nose tip. Many Asian men and women come to Dr. Hessler looking to subtly change their nose structure to achieve a slightly higher, more defined bridge while narrowing the nostrils and re-shaping the nasal tip. Dr. Hessler achieves this by using techniques that lengthen the nose and raise the profile. This can be performed with cartilage from the patient’s septum, ear, or rib. Implants are also an option.

African-American rhinoplasty

African-Americans typically have thicker nasal skin and more open nostrils that they ask to be adjusted. Other traits may include a flatter nasal bridge and a more rounded nasal tip with less projection. Dr. Hessler may refine the nasal structure by bringing subtle definition to the nasal bridge and refining the nasal tip and nostrils.

Middle Eastern rhinoplasty 

Many of our Middle Eastern patients are interested in removing a hump on their nasal bridge, improving a nasal tip that points downward, or minimizing a large nose that distracts from other facial features. These areas of concern can be addressed with a personalized procedure to lessen a hump on the bridge, reduce the size of the nasal tip, or shape a more refined, slightly narrower nasal structure.

Latino rhinoplasty

Latinos often have a broader facial structure, with a smaller nose and chin. The skin tends to be of medium thickness, with slightly softer cartilage of the nose. Dr. Hessler may approach a rhinoplasty for this background by creating a subtle change to the nasal bridge, narrowing the nostrils, and refining the nasal tip.

Before surgery

Be sure to avoid the following before your rhinoplasty:

  • Smoking (including second-hand smoke)
  • Sun exposure (two weeks prior to surgery)
  • Poor diet and alcohol
  • Medications that can thin your blood (aspirin, ibuprofen, Motrin®, Aleve®)

Surgery details

On the day of surgery, patients are given either sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the extent of the planned cosmetic rhinoplasty surgery procedure. The surgery can last anywhere from 1 to 4 hours. Ethnic rhinoplasty often takes longer time to complete because of the more comprehensive nature and various special factors that need to be addressed. For these reasons, most ethnic nose surgery procedures are performed using the open approach. This means that Dr. Hessler will create a small incision in the skin between the nostrils and the tip of the nose.


After the procedure, the nose is wrapped with bandages, and a splint may be applied. The initial recovery period lasts about 7 to 10 days, at which time most patients are able to return to work. You will need to sleep with your head slightly elevated for two weeks following the procedure.

A nasal splint is often placed over the bridge of the nose for one week following your procedure. Dr. Hessler will remove this external splint one week after the procedure. Some swelling will still be present for another week, and you may experience pain, nausea, and nasal congestion. In general, patients can resume exercise and their full regular activity after two weeks of recovery. The final results usually become apparent within six months after the treatment.

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Hessler Plastic Surgery for ethnic rhinoplasty in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the Bay Area

If you’re interested in ethnic rhinoplasty in Palo Alto, San Jose, or the Bay Area, Hessler Plastic Surgery is the perfect place for you. Dr. Hessler is known for delivering facial enhancement results that look natural and bring out her patients’ existing beauty. Rhinoplasty is one of Dr. Hessler’s top surgeries, and is also one of her areas of focus.

Dr. Hessler is an award-winning, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon with over a decade in practice, and she currently holds a position as Chair of the Women on the Facial Plastic Surgery committee at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Under her guidance at Hessler Plastic Surgery, you will experience a team of highly trained registered nurses and staff who make it their goal to take excellent care of you, from your first consultation to your last follow-up. To learn more about how Dr. Hessler approaches ethnic rhinoplasty or to schedule a consultation, please contact us.

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