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Asian Nose


Rhinoplasty, often called a "nose job," is one of the most requested cosmetic surgeries among all ethnic groups. The nose is one of the most predominant features of the human face. It can have a surprisingly significant impact on your overall facial appearance. Ideally, the size, shape, and proportions of a person's nose should be in harmony with his or her face.

Asian nose surgery differs from western nose surgery in many ways. First, the common problems, and therefore the surgical techniques, are different. Generally, a disproportionate Caucasian nose is too large; it may project too far and have a predominant bridge, often featuring a lump. The Asian nose is nearly opposite in many ways. If disproportionate, it tends to be small, and it may appear too flat or button-shaped. In most cases, a Caucasian nose requires reduction, whereas an Asian nose requires augmentation. Because the procedures are very different, it is important to choose a surgeon with experience treating Asian features.

The other, and most important, difference between the procedures is the expected result. Dr. Nguyen is keenly aware of the importance of maintaining ethnic identity, and he is skilled and experienced in accomplishing that goal. Most patients wish to preserve, enhance, and beautify their natural ethnic and hereditary features. With the proper technique, and Asian nose can be augmented and shaped without looking like a Caucasian nose. Similarly, a Caucasian nose can be reduced and shaped without looking like an Asian nose. The doctor understands that you don't want to look like someone else; you just want to bring out the full potential of your natural beauty.

The procedure

Nose surgery is performed under general anesthesia. In keeping with our dedication to patient safety, we work with a skilled, board-certified anesthesiologist. The surgery usually takes several hours. In most cases, the procedure utilizes incisions on the inside of the nostrils, so the surgical scars are not visible. Often, grafting is needed to enhance and lengthen the bridge of the nose. This may be accomplished using a cartilage or bone sample taken from the patient's own body, or a synthetic implant. The tip of the nose is often sculpted during surgery, to add definition and projection. This step can improve the appearance of a flat or bulbous nose, as well as make the nostrils less predominant. Occasionally, nostril narrowing is necessary. When the surgery is complete, you will need to stay in the recovery area until you become alert, which takes about an hour.


Patients are very happy with their attractive new nose shapes. Many are surprised to discover that correcting the nose can improve the aesthetics and harmony of the entire face, enhancing the appearance of other features. The results of nose surgery are permanent unless they are surgically revised.

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Dr. Thomas T. Nguyen board certified plastic surgeon Fountain Valley, CA A Magna cum Laude graduate from Millsaps College, Dr. Thomas T. Nguyen is a board certified plastic surgeon. He brings with him a plethora of skill, expertise and knowledge given his 20 plus years of experience in the field.

Dr. Nguyen is presently the medical director of Orange County Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery Center. He has engaged in research and contributed to many medical publications and continues to be deeply passionate about providing the best possible treatment for his patients.
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