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Asian Rhinoplasty

Asian rhinoplasty is a procedure performed specifically for Asian patients to reshape the nose to improve facial balance and appearance.

Should You Consider Asian Rhinoplaty?

Many Asian patients wish to enhance the beauty of their nose and face. Asian rhinoplasty can help you achieve a more shapely nose and balanced face while preserving your ethnic features.


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An attractive face is all about balance and proportion. The nose, located front and center, provides the foundation for this sense of aesthetic balance. With the help of a skilled plastic surgeon, the nose can be reshaped and refined to enhance your natural beauty.

Asian patients have unique facial and nose characteristics compared to Westerners. Asian rhinoplasty can help you achieve a more beautiful appearance while preserving your ethnic characteristics.

By reshaping the nose, Asian rhinoplasty can help achieve one or more of the following goals:

  • Refine a wide nasal tip
  • Narrow wide nostrils
  • Augment a low or flat bridge
  • Narrow a nose that is too wide for the face
  • Enlarge the size of a nose that is too small
  • Reduce the size of a nose that is too large

Additional Asian facial contouring surgery including chin, jawline, cheek, temple, and eyelid enhancement may be recommended to patients undergoing rhinoplasty in order to achieve facial proportion, as the size of the chin, jaw, cheeks, and eyelids may amplify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.


During your consultation, Dr. Fan will review your specific goals and discuss your treatment options. He will determine if you are a good candidate for Asian rhinoplasty surgery and review the results that can be realistically achieved. He will also help you determine which nose reshaping procedure is right for you and which complementary procedures may benefit you the most.  We believe that every patient is unique, and that your treatment should be customized to meet your specific condition and goals.


Nose reshaping is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures for Asian patients.

You may be a good candidate for nose reshaping if:

  • If you are unhappy with the shape, size, or proportions of your nose
  • If your nose is too small, too large, or not in proportion to the rest of your face

It’s important to be in good overall health and to have realistic expectations. Asian rhinoplasty can help you improve upon your existing nose, but it cannot deliver “perfection” nor can it give you the nose of someone else.

Procedure Details

Nose surgery is highly individualized, and the exact techniques used during a procedure will look a little different each time, depending on your anatomy and desired changes.

Asian Rhinoplasty vs. Caucasian Rhinoplasty

An important part of creating a beautiful nose is making sure that it is in harmony with the rest of your face and preserves your ethnic characteristics. For this reason, there are many differences between Asian rhinoplasty and Caucasian rhinoplasty.


Asian rhinoplasty: Typically involves making certain parts of the nose larger.

Caucasian rhinoplasty: Typically involves making the nose smaller.


Asian rhinoplasty: Typically uses a support structure made of cartilage from the inside of the nose (septum) or ear to increase tip projection.

Caucasian rhinoplasty: Typically involves removal of tissue to narrow and refine the nasal tip.


Asian rhinoplasty: Typically involves use of cartilage from the inside of the nose (septum), ear, or rib, or a silicone implant to create a bridge.

Caucasian rhinoplasty: Typically involves shaving down a bump on the bridge of the nose (dorsal hump).


Asian rhinoplasty: Often involves narrowing wide nostrils.

Caucasian rhinoplasty: May involve narrowing wide nostrils.

Nasal Bones

Asian rhinoplasty: Breaking the nasal bones (osteotomy) is not typically needed.

Caucasian rhinoplasty: Breaking the nasal bones (osteotomy) may be needed to reduce the size and width of the nose

Nonsurgical Asian Rhinoplasty

In certain cases, the Asian nose can be reshaped nonsurgically using dermal fillers, providing improvements that can last up to a year. By strategically injecting a filler at certain points in the nose, a skilled plastic surgeon can help smooth out bumps, augment the bridge, reshape the tip, and improve nasal symmetry. Although the results are temporary, this nonsurgical approach can be a cost-effective way for patients to test drive a nose reshaping procedure before committing to the permanent changes possible with surgical rhinoplasty.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is a secondary operation to correct or further improve the results from primary rhinplasty. Revision rhinoplasty is most commonly performed using an open approach, although a closed approach may be suitable for some cases. Revision rhinoplasty is one of the most challenging procedures in all of plastic surgery and requires special expertise.

Additional Information

Asian rhinoplasty surgery is a technically demanding procedure that requires the highest level of surgical skill. It is imperative that the surgeon be highly skilled and experienced.

Asian rhinoplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure usually takes two to five hours to perform. You may be discharged home after surgery or stay overnight in the hospital.

Asian nose reshaping is often combined with Asian facial contouring including chin, cheek, jawline, and eyelid enhancement procedures to further improve facial balance.

What to Expect After Surgery

After your procedure, your nose may be placed in a splint. This helps to support your newly shaped nose and protect it from accidental contact. You may also go home with packing inside your nostrils, which can be uncomfortable but temporary. You will be prescribed pain medication to help control any discomfort during your initial recovery.

For the first 1 to 2 weeks, many patients experience bruising and swelling. At first, you may not be able to see the improvements made during surgery. The majority of bruising and swelling should subside after the first 10 to 14 days. Most patients feel ready to return to work or school after 1 or 2 weeks. Typically after 3 weeks, most normal non-contact activities can be resumed.*

While you will be able to see the improvements made during rhinoplasty after the initial bruising and swelling resolves, it is normal to have some slight residual swelling present for up to a year. This is usually not noticeable to others, however.

Choosing A Surgeon

There are significant differences between Asian and Caucasian rhinoplasties. If you are an Asian patient, it is extremely important to choose a surgeon who is highly skilled and experienced at performing Asian rhinoplasty.

Dr. Fan specializes in plastic surgery for the Asian patient and is highly experienced with Asian rhinoplasty. He understands how to shape a nose that will create harmony with the rest of your face while preserving your ethnic features.

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Exact Costs Vary Depending On Your Specific Needs and Desired Results

The cost of Asian rhinoplasty varies from person to person and depends on a number of factors including your specific needs and desired results.

Factors that contribute to the cost of treatment include:

  • Your particular needs and goals
  • The extent and specific type of Asian rhinoplasty procedure chosen
  • The experience and reputation of the plastic surgeon
  • Any advanced technology or surgical techniques that may be used
  • The geographic location where the procedure takes place
  • The surgical facility used
  • The type of anesthesia a patient selects

Costs of surgery may include fees for the surgeon, anesthesia, operating room, facility, equipment, implants, garments, aftercare, lab tests, and medications.

The cost for nose reshaping ranges from $1,200 to $40,000.

We offer a range of patient financing plans including low monthly payment plans and plans for those with suboptimal credit histories.

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See Your Results

The results from Asian rhinoplasty are lasting. While this means your new nose with be with you for a lifetime, it also makes it that much more important to choose a qualified plastic surgeon whom you can trust to deliver the results you desire.

Dr. Fan is known for his artistic eye, expert hands, experience, and obsessive attention to detail. He is also known for his natural looking Asian rhinoplasty work.


Nose Reshaping FAQ

What is Asian Rhinoplasty?

“Rhino” means nose, and “plasty” means to shape, mold or form. So rhinoplasty is a procedure that reshapes the nose to improve facial balance and appearance.

Asian patients have unique facial characteristics and features. Asian rhinoplasty is a procedure performed specifically for Asian patients to reshape the nose to improve facial balance and appearance.

How important is preoperative planning and analysis in rhinoplasty?

Accurate preoperative analysis and planning is 50 percent of the outcome. The other half is execution. Only a limited number of experts specialize in rhinoplasty, so do your homework.

How is rhinoplasty performed?

Rhinoplasty is typically performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation or general anesthesia. There are many techniques, but generally through incisions made around the nostrils, the underlying framework of the nose is adjusted to achieve the desired results.

I’ve heard that there are two types of rhinoplasty, “open” and “closed.” I want the best possible outcome, but I don’t want an unnecessary scar. Which type of rhinoplasty is better?

“Closed” rhinoplasty refers to a form of rhinoplasty with more limited surgical access in which all of the incisions are hidden inside the nostril. Although some surgeons prefer the closed approach because it avoids a potentially visible scar and has less postoperative swelling, it also significantly limited the surgical exposure, making it difficult or even impossible to use many of today’s most effective rhinoplasty techniques.

As a result, many surgeons prefer the “open” approach, which is very similar to the closed approach but adds a small incision at the columella to connect the two intransal incisions. The result of adding this tiny incision — usually only about 1/3 of an inch long! —is that surgical access and visualization is dramatically improved. Direct visualization of the nasal framework allows maximum diagnostic accuracy as well as precision for modification. This approach is especially useful for patients who require complex changes or those with challenging anatomy such as revision rhinoplasty where the tissues have been previously altered. Although initially visible, the columellar incision seldom results in an objectionable scar and often fades completely in the months following surgery.

For the overwhelming majority of patients, the benefits gained by the open approach are well worth the very small risk of an unsightly columellar scar. By the same taken, avoidance of a small potential scar is little consolation if the rhinoplasty result is compromised by poor or limited exposure. 

Will I need to have any additional procedures?

Because rhinoplasty is a complicated procedure and the nose swells during the operation, there is about a 15% chance you may need to a post-surgery touch up procedure.

What are the risks and limitations of rhinoplasty?

The biggest limitation with rhinoplasty is thick skin, because thick skin is difficult to shrink and conform to the underlying framework of the nose. A surgeon can only do so much with a large nose if the skin does not contract, so results may be lesser.

Rhinoplasty is generally considered a safe procedure. However, all procedures have potential risks. The risks of rhinoplasty include bleeding, infection, scarring, adverse reaction to anesthesia, delayed healing, numbness, possible collapse, fullness, residual deformity, cartilage warping, breathing changes, septal perforation, and unsatisfactory results.  


Related Procedures

Asian Facial Contouring

Asian Facial Contouring is a group of surgical procedures to enhance the balance and proportions of the face including the chin, jawline, cheeks, and temples. Asian Facial Contouring may also be recommended to patients undergoing Asian rhinoplasty in order to achieve facial proportion, as the size of the rest of the face may amplify or minimize the perceived size of the nose.

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