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Caucasian vs Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Our nose takes up less than 10% of the area of our face, but why is there such a fascination with it? For one, it is at the very center. The first thing people see is our face, and with the nose at the center, it really defines our facial beauty. Additionally, every nose is unique, and a large part of the unique shape is related to our ethnic roots. Let’s break down some of the differences and what the implications are when it comes to rhinoplasty.

Aesthetic Differences

You might be thinking, a nose is a nose, right? It is worth a closer look. Non-Caucasian people tend to have wider and flatter noses. If you draw a straight line down from the inner corner of your eye, the nostril outline in Caucasians meets that line. However, in many non-Caucasians, the nostril outline extends outside this line, giving the appearance of a wider nose. Another feature is the tip of the nose, which is often more pointy and projects farther forward in Caucasian people compared to non-Caucasian people. While some non-Caucasian patients may desire rhinoplasty for a narrow or pointy nose, the shape of your nose should be consistent with your ethnicity and facial beauty when undergoing rhinoplasty.

Structural Differences

In Caucasians, the skin and soft tissue of the nose are thinner, and the underlying cartilage and bone are stronger. However, non-Caucasians have thicker nasal skin and soft tissue. Additionally, the underlying cartilage and bone are weaker, which may lead to drooping of the nasal tip and flattening with certain facial expressions.

Implications for Rhinoplasty

The general process of Caucasian rhinoplasty makes the nose smaller, which may involve bringing down a hump or narrowing the nasal bones. If structural work is necessary, the cartilage from within the nose is usually abundant and strong enough to do the job.

In non-Caucasian rhinoplasty, the goal is often to make the nose bigger or stronger. The structural work of making a nose bigger and stronger requires strong cartilage. Because the nasal cartilage and bone are weaker and less abundant, some non-Caucasian patients may require cartilage from other parts of the body, including the ear or rib. The new stronger nasal framework helps improve the definition for excellent long-lasting results.


Rhinoplasty is a very personal experience for patients. The goals of rhinoplasty must be in line with aesthetic norms that are consistent with your ethnicity and culture. Most importantly, the end result of rhinoplasty should complement your facial beauty and look like your nose. Trust your rhinoplasty surgery to a specialist who is aware of these differences and proficient in the different techniques. Call (703) 705-2100 for more information or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Jae Kim today!

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Surgical vs Injection Rhinoplasty

The nose is the most central feature of your face. A rhinoplasty, or nose job, is a procedure that changes the shape of the nose. At Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Kim has performed many rhinoplasties. He specializes in Asian rhinoplasty and offers surgical and non-surgical options to help your nose look great and breathe well.

There are various reasons for considering rhinoplasty, but the primary goal of the procedure is to make the nose more beautiful and harmonious with your face. Features that can be changed include humps or bumps on the nasal bridge, asymmetry of the tip or nostrils, to deviated septums and crooked shape due to previous nasal trauma or surgery. Dr. Kim uses proven and safe techniques to achieve your goals.

Rhinoplasty Options

The most widely known procedure to accomplish this is surgical rhinoplasty. This procedure is usually performed under general anesthesia in a hospital or ambulatory surgical center. The nose is reshaped using various surgical techniques. Though it is an invasive procedure, the results of a surgical rhinoplasty are permanent.

Injection rhinoplasty has grown in popularity over the past few years. It is a less invasive procedure that can be done in the office. The nose is reshaped by injecting filler material, usually consisting of a more robust hyaluronic acid filler such as Juvederm Voluma or Restylane Lyft.

Major Differences

The primary difference between surgical and injection rhinoplasty is that surgery results in a permanent change. Injection rhinoplasty can last up to a few years but eventually melts away.

There is a limit to the types of changes that are possible with injection rhinoplasty. Because filler is being added, the nose can only become bigger. The main two changes are camouflaging a bump and refining the nasal tip. Other maneuvers are generally unproven or unsafe. Also, there is no proven method to correct poor nasal breathing with injection rhinoplasty. Surgery addresses all of the structural and functional aspects of the nose.

The procedural and downtime required for both treatments vary greatly. Injection rhinoplasty is done in 15-30 minutes with little to no recovery time. It is common for patients to feel swollen after the procedure, but this usually goes away after a day or two, and there is no interruption in daily activities. In contrast, surgical rhinoplasty can take a few hours, in addition to waiting before and waking up after surgery. In addition, it may take a few days or even up to two weeks to feel back to normal and resume normal activities.

Another major difference is the cost of procedure. Injection rhinoplasty does not require the use of anesthesia or an outside facility, both of which can be costly. In addition, surgical rhinoplasty is a more lengthy procedure that requires the knowledge, confidence, and precision of a qualified plastic surgeon, which are factored into the procedural fees.


Overall, complications of rhinoplasty are rare but can be serious. Even injection rhinoplasty, while it is less invasive, is not without risk. Complications of surgical rhinoplasty include bleeding or infection, poorer nasal breathing, and unsatisfactory appearance. Septal perforation, or a hole in the septum, can lead to crusting, foul odor, and dryness. Complications of injection rhinoplasty include skin necrosis, or skin death, and injection into blood vessels causing blindness. Even though these events are infrequent, you should always trust your face to a specialist to receive the safest and best care possible. Dr. Kim believes that rhinoplasty surgeons have the most extensive experience and knowledge of the surgical anatomy of the nose and are best fit to perform injection rhinoplasty.

Here at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we pride ourselves on delivering the best specialized care possible. Call (703) 705-2100 for more information or to schedule your rhinoplasty consultation today!


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How to Reduce Bruising

After facial procedures, including peels, lasers, injectables, or surgery, you want to minimize downtime and return to the normal rhythm of life as soon as possible. Depending on the nature of the procedure, the swelling and discoloration can last for days, sometimes over a week. It may be hard to look presentable if your face has some bruising that you might not want other people to see. Here are some tips to get back to your routine sooner.

Foods/Meds to Avoid

There are many foods, medications, and supplements that can worsen bruising, and they are largely the same ones that increase bleeding. These include, but are not limited to: aspirin, Advil, Coumadin, Warfarin, Xarelto, Eliquis, Vitamin E, fish oils, ginger, gingko biloba, salty and/or spicy foods. Blood thinning medications should be paused only with the approval of your primary doctor or cardiologist.


Arnica is a natural herb that has been used to lessen the bruising and swelling after trauma to the human body for hundreds of years. Known as “leopard’s bane” and “wolf’s bane,” Arnica has been used as a European herbal remedy to shorten the recovery period for patients. This natural herb is now available in pill form for easier consumption. Though it’s available in many health food stores and vitamin websites, the dosage required to treat surgical patients is usually not available to the general public. At Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we regularly give our patients Arnica from Sine-ech™ as part of the post-procedural regimen to help them recover and resume their daily schedule as soon as possible.

Pineapple (Bromelain)

Believe it or not, pineapple can help reduce the duration and severity of bruising. It contains an enzyme called Bromelain, which is found in the juice and stem of the fruit. The anti-inflammatory properties of Bromelain help reduce bruising and swelling. Here at Jae Kim, MD Facial Plastic Surgery, we encourage our patients to eat pineapples or drink pure pineapple juice to help reduce downtime. Do note that raw pineapple also contains many beneficial vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C that can help boost your immune system and speed up healing as well. Try to steer away from canned or bottled pineapple juice, which may contain other artificial ingredients that can interfere with the healing properties of Bromelain.

Call our office at (703) 705-2100 for more information and tips for how to reduce bruising after surgery.


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