Asians seek plastic surgery to make their noses more prominent

July 6, 2012

Asians seek plastic surgery to make their noses more prominent
Asians seek plastic surgery to make their noses more prominent

Although a big nose might seem like a girl’s worse nightmare, young Asian women in Vancouver are now paying for surgery to make their noses more prominent, according to the Vancouver Sun, June 25th, 2012. Angie Kozina, director of 8 West Cosmetic Surgery, says the number of procedures for Asian clients has tripled in the last years. She recently hired a receptionist who speaks Cantonese and Mandarin to help her communicate with a clientele that is now about fifty percent Asian, who come to the clinic because the surgeon specializes in double-eyelid surgery and Asian augmentation rhinoplasty.

Double eyelid surgery has been performed for years. Its goal is to create a fold in the skin above the eye, interrupting the single curtain of skin running from eyebrow to eyelash in most Asians. The purpose is to make the eyes look bigger, but the end result mimics the appearance of the typical Caucasian eye.

Augmentation rhinoplasty, on the other hand, is a newer trend. A Vancouver plastic surgeon says that it is not designed to create a Caucasian nose but a higher nasal bridge that is visible in profile, filling a void on the mid-face in a straight-on view. “The idea is to give the nose a bit more height which does several things: it anchors the mid-face, draws the eyes closer together, creates a shadow line down the side of the nose and actually makes the face look much more mature.”

If you want to be sure to keep your sunglasses in place, the answer is to surgically implant a smidgen of Gore-tex or some of your own cartilage harvested from elsewhere on your body.

With any plastic surgery, you will get best results with a board-certified practitioner. If you’re interested in augmentation rhinoplasty, make sure your practitioner has a solid history of performing that very procedure.


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