“Ethnic rhinoplasty” refers to nasal surgery for people seeking to alter their noses’ specific ethnic attributes. For example, some people of Middle Eastern descent may seek rhinoplasty in order to shorten a nose they feel is too long, while some people of Asian descent often wish for a nose that is less flat. None of these attributes are good or bad, but if you are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose, Dr. Epstein can discuss your particular options.

He has extensive experience working with people of many different ethnic backgrounds. His goal is to improve the appearance of your nose while also making sure it maintains your cultural identity and looks completely natural to your features.

Rhinoplasty can address both cosmetic issues as well as functional issues. If you have breathing problems, Dr. Epstein can also correct those at the same time as he improves the appearance of your nose.

In some cases, a closed rhinoplasty technique can be used, which does not leave any kind of scar on the outside. When an open technique must be used, the incision is made along the underside of the columella, the skin that separates the nostrils. Since the scar is positioned on the bottom of the nose, it is not easily noticeable.

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Dr. Epstein is a well-respected expert in rhinoplasty techniques. During your consultation and preparation for surgery, he will explain everything that you can expect from the procedure, including his surgical plan and what will happen during recovery. He will spend as much time as necessary with you to discuss your options and help you to feel comfortable about your decision.

Please review our general rhinoplasty page for more detailed information about how the surgery is performed. The procedure is usually done using a local anesthetic and deep sedation. You will be continuously monitored by a board-certified anesthesiologist in an accredited office-based surgical facility.

Why do people seek rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty can correct a number of cosmetic and functional issues. These include a long or wide nose, a small or flat nose, a hump on the nose, a hooked nose, a broken nose, a crooked nose, or large nostrils. If you wish to make your nose less flat, cartilage may have to be taken from inside the nose to build a new structure. If there is insufficient cartilage in the nose, it is sometimes taken from the ear.

People usually choose functional rhinoplasty to correct obstructions to breathing, like nasal valve correction, septoplasty to fix a deviated septum, and turbinate reduction.

Computer digital imaging – your ideal nose!

As part of your rhinoplasty consultation, Dr. Epstein uses an advanced computer-imaging software program to help you visualize the potential surgical outcome. After speaking with you to gain a better understanding of your goals and expectations, Dr. Epstein will take several pictures of your nose from different angles, upload them onto a computer, and work with the software to help visualize what he will need to do for your procedure. Additionally, a 3D image can be taken for the purpose of digital imaging. Together, these images will help explain why and how the procedure is performed.

It is important to remember that manipulated rhinoplasty photos through digital imaging do not guarantee those specific results, but they will ensure that you and Dr. Epstein share a common surgical goal and that the expectations are realistic.

After the imaging is complete, Dr. Epstein will upload the images to a private password-protected program called TouchMD. This will allow you (and your family members, if you choose) to review the information given at the consult from home. In the majority of cases, patients have found that their actual rhinoplasty results are very close to the digital images that the surgeon produced.

What to expect during the rhinoplasty recovery period

For more information about the specifics of the procedure and what to expect from recovery, see our general rhinoplasty page. While most of our patients report that recovery from rhinoplasty is easier than they expected, we will do everything we can to help you through this period, including providing you with pain medication.

Light activity can be resumed in a few days, and full activity can be resumed in 3-4 weeks.

Schedule your Chicago ethnic rhinoplasty consultation

Dr. Epstein performs rhinoplasty surgery for patients all over Chicago and the surrounding areas. Our office is only 8 miles east of Wheeling and 12 miles north of Evanston, IL, so you can easily set up an ethnic rhinoplasty consultation at your convenience. Call us today to schedule a consultation.