The ever-changing ideal body shape tends to evolve from decade to decade. The past forty years has seen ups, downs, bigger, smaller, wider, and fuller trends. The 1980s ushered in the supermodel supreme ideal body shape: tall, leggy, and fit was the shape of the era pioneered by the likes of Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, pop culture, and music videos. The 1990s shrunk the supermodel and went from full and fit to the era of the waif: Kate Moss was the idol of the time, and the slim petite frame was ideal. The 2000s revived the 80’s supermodel glam with a full-on super-fit twist: Giselle Bundchen popularized the fuller figure with abs and a spray tan. [Read more…]
If you could get the same results from a non-invasive procedure that you would normally get from an invasive surgical procedure, what would you choose? Anyone not addicted to plastic surgery obviously would choose the less invasive option. Which raises the question: Can we ever get the same results with non-invasive technology that invasive plastic surgery provides? Ultimately, some patients do not like surgery; however, as we continue to get closer to surgical results from minimal or noninvasive procedures, that will be the turning point. [Read more…]
A nose job is just a nose job regardless of ethnicity, right? Technically, the surgical procedure of rhinoplasty is generally performed similarly, regardless of skin color. However, the subtle nuances of different ethnicities nasal, facial, and skin structures must be considered when performing rhinoplasty. Overall, ethnic rhinoplasty often requires a more complex and elaborate surgery to be successful. For this reason, ethnic rhinoplasty is considered a specialty that plastic surgeons, if lacking the experience, should refer to an expert in the field of rhinoplasty to perform the procedure.
It is critical to understand that true ethnic rhinoplasty focuses not only on reshaping the nose but also preserving the ethnic qualities of the nose during the process. A board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty will be able to discuss and show you what changes can be made while still preserving your subtle ethnic features. Nasal reshaping can include, but is not limited to, altering or reshaping the nasal bridge (removing the bump or building it up in some patients ), reducing the overall width of the nose, correcting the overall shape of the nose (enlarging or reducing), reshaping the nasal tip, reducing the size of the nostrils, and/or correcting the angle between the nose and the lip.
Common characteristics of different ethnicities as well as common complaints that I receive are outlined below.
- An African-American patient usually has thicker skin, and wider nostrils, as well as a wider and flatter nasal bridge. Common complaints include flaring nostrils and the nose appearing too short, too large, or under projected.
- A Latino patient usually has thicker skin and soft nasal cartilage, as well as a wider and flatter nasal bridge. Common complaints include flaring nostrils and nose appearing too short or under projected.
- An Asian patient usually has a smaller/shorter nose, low nasal bridge, and wide nostrils. Common complaints include flaring nostrils and the nose appearing too short or under projected.
- A Middle Eastern patient usually has a larger prominent nose and moderately wide nostrils. Common complaints include exaggerated dorsal hump/bump or the nose is too large.
The above common characteristics of ethnic nasal structure is not all encompassing and every patient is unique, thus requiring an individualized surgical approach. Various techniques can be used to improve the appearance of your nose and a board-certified plastic surgeon will discuss which approach is best for you.
Ethnic rhinoplasty presents several challenges that must be addressed to achieve optimum results. Darker skin tones tend to have thicker skin which can obscure the underlying nasal structure and make the desired results more challenging to achieve. The nasal cartilage and darker skin tones tend to be more delicate requiring precise skill and often requires cartilage grafts to achieve the correct effect. Also, since darker skin tones tend to have more noticeable scarring, greater expertise and experience of the board-certified plastic surgeon with expertise in Rhinoplasty is required to obtain a more consistent result in these challenging patients.
It is important to note when considering ethnic rhinoplasty to seek an industry expert in the field. Rhinoplasty is an art of millimeters. A person’s nose is the focal point of the face and is a defining ethnic facial characteristic. For your safety, I cannot stress the importance of discussing your options with a board-certified plastic surgeon who is a specialist in ethnic rhinoplasty. When considering plastic surgery, you need an experienced board-certified plastic surgeon who is an expert in the field that can show you proof of exceptional results.
Dr. Rod J. Rohrich is an internationally known and respected plastic and cosmetic surgeon operating in the Dallas, Texas area. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has led most of the key professional organizations in plastic surgery in the USA. He has received numerous honors and awards in plastic and cosmetic surgery, both nationally and internationally. In addition to his extensive surgical expertise and talent as a gifted surgeon, he is the Founding Chair and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He has authored hundreds of innovative academic publications in the field as well as serving as the editor of the leading plastic and reconstructive surgery journal — the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Rohrich has also performed philanthropic work as a civic leader of organizations such as the March of Dimes, American Cancer Association and Save the Children and has established the Rod J. Rohrich, M.D. Foundation, which supports medical students in his native North Dakota. He is also a founding member and President of AiRS, the Alliance in Reconstructive Surgery, which serves to support education and treatment for Breast Cancer Survivors, regardless of financial status. Dr. Rohrich has been featured in a number of notable publications such as Texas Monthly and on television shows including Oprah, the View and Good Morning America and is currently working to provide a reliable source of public-centered information in the fields of plastic and cosmetic surgery as well as other areas of medicine.
It’s that time of year when men and women who’ve resolved to turn their lives around through a few New Year’s resolutions find out that those resolutions are pretty hard to keep. Nine times out of ten, most of us don’t keep our resolutions. That’s because we usually choose resolutions that are difficult to maintain and habits that are hard to break.
Luckily, you can make a resolution any time you want — on New Year’s Eve or in mid-January or any other time of the year. The key to all successful resolutions is choosing one or two, max, and keeping them simple.
As a board-certified plastic surgeon, I’m frequently asked about the best beauty New Year’s habits. Without further ado, here is my list of New Year’s habits to begin today: [Read more…]
There are a number of recent fads out there purporting to enhance the attractiveness and health of your body. The question is: which ones are scams or simply don’t work, and which ones actually do? I’ve put together this list of 5 purported body enhancement trends you should steer clear of, and 3 worth giving a try. [Read more…]