What is an 'Asian' nose job?

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Gone are the days of cookie cutter plastic surgery. Better technology and a widespread acceptance of cosmetic surgery have allowed people from all ethnicities and backgrounds to achieve a unique look by tailoring a nose job to suit their needs.

People of Asian descent typically have a nose with a flatter bridge and less curvature towards the end of the nose. Many Asians long to obtain a more defined look, typically including a higher-set bridge. While this is certainly possible with traditional rhinoplasty, a surgical procedure, today Asian patients are increasingly turning to non-surgical nose jobs, which are often called “Asian nose jobs” although patients of all ethnicities undergo this procedure to change their nose shape.

There are plenty of factors that can deter one from pursuing surgery, such as fear of the procedure, including the financial cost and the time needed for recovery. For Asian patients, going under the knife often isn't the only possible way to reshape their nose. Granted there are some results that cannot be obtained without surgery, but minor issues such as slight irregularities, unevenness, and even bumps could be altered without the need for surgery.

Injectable fillers

Injectable fillers are most often used at the bridge of the nose and between the bridge and the tip, which helps to elevate, fill, and level the slope of the nose. Because these are some of the most frequently complaints of Asian patients seeking nose surgery, this option has been nicknamed the “Asian nose job.”

Injectable fillers are only effective at producing small changes. Injections cannot be used to achieve a smaller-sized nose and will not produce a great change in shape. As most Asian patients generally wish to make subtle changes to the bridge area of their nose, this treatment is suitable for many patients who are reluctant to undergo surgery.

The non-surgical nose job is a great alternative for those who don’t need to make a major change to their nose. The benefits include a short procedure time, minimal time in recovery, and instantaneous results. Also, because these injections are administered using local anesthetic, the procedure itself is painless and the patient is awake and aware of what is going on.

Because there is no severe swelling, bleeding, or bruising after the injection, patients are able to resume their lives as soon as they leave the clinic. Some people may experience a bit of temporary inflammation at the injection site—usually limited to redness, slight swelling, and light bruising— but these effects are miniscule compared to what one would experience with a rhinoplasty surgery.

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