Boston Ethnic Rhinoplasty refers to a rhinoplasty procedure that enhances a patient’s natural nose shape while preserving their anatomical ethnicity.

Every nose is different. Often, nose reshaping surgeries require subtle changes that make a significant impact to a patient’s aesthetic. That’s why rhinoplasty procedures require such a high degree of surgical precision and accuracy.

Although there are significant differences in goals between Male Rhinoplasty and Female Rhinoplasty, there is great variety in the rhinoplasty techniques needed for outstanding results across different ethnic groups.

It was reported that the distribution of cosmetic procedures in 2019 by ethnicities in America was 68% Caucasian, 14% Hispanic, 10% African-American, 6% Asian, and 2% other ethnicities. The American Society of Plastic Surgery further reported the percentage of various ethnicities who underwent nose reshaping procedures in 2018. It was found that 74% were Caucasian, 6% were African-American, 5% were Asian and 11% were Hispanic. 

What is Ethnic Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that reshapes the nose and in 2020 was reported as the most commonly performed procedure in the United States as over 352,000 rhinoplasty procedures were performed. Rhinoplasty procedures require a highly individualized technique as the procedure is extremely intricate and the smallest change can dramatically impact the result. 

There are anatomical differences in our physical features depending on our ethnicity, and this can impact the appearance of the nose including the skin type and thickness, size, nostril shape, the width of the nose, and the shape of the nasal tip. Consequently, the technique used will be impacted by the patient’s ethnicity as generally, patients wish to have their ethnicity preserved, their natural beauty enhanced, and ensure their nose is still in proportion to the rest of their face. 

Types of Rhinoplasty Procedures

Since there are so many different anatomical features of the nose, the surgical techniques used in nose reshaping surgery significantly vary depending on the specific area of the nose being treated and the material of that area. The various nose reshaping procedures generally include:

  • Alarplasty
  • Closed Rhinoplasty 
  • Dorsal Hump Reduction 
  • Nose Augmentation 
  • Open Rhinoplasty 
  • Post-traumatic Rhinoplasty
  • Reduction Rhinoplasty
  • Revision Rhinoplasty 
  • Tip Plasty 

African American Rhinoplasty

African American Rhinoplasty has an 88% worth-it rating on RealSelf. Generally, those with African American ethnicity tend to have a wider and lower nasal bridge, thicker skin, and wider nostrils.

The typical aims of African American Rhinoplasty are to achieve a narrower or more defined nasal bridge, narrow the width of the nostrils, or refine the shape of the nasal tip.

The technique generally used for African American Rhinoplasty is ‘Alarplasty’ which is a type of nose reshaping procedure that reduces the width of the nostrils.

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Asian Rhinoplasty

The typical aims of Asian Rhinoplasty include nasal tip refinement, creating a narrower nose and increasing definition of the nasal bridge.

Asian Rhinoplasty has an 89% worth-it rating on RealSelf and the typical techniques involve inserting a cartilage graft onto the nasal tip or the nasal bridge. This cartilage graft is then reshaped to achieve the ideal shape of the nose.

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Caucasian Rhinoplasty

The typical aims of Caucasian Rhinoplasty are a reduced dorsal hump and to straighten the bridge of the nose.

The most commonly performed rhinoplasty procedure for Caucasian patients is open rhinoplasty to reduce the dorsal hump. This technique tends to require open rhinoplasty so an incision is made that allows the surgeon to have a full view of the bone so they can precisely sand down the nasal bones. In some cases, the nasal bones must be broken and reset to achieve the desired result. 

Hispanic Rhinoplasty 

The typical aims of Hispanic Rhinoplasty are to create a more refined or lifted nasal tip, remove side bumps on the nasal bridge, and to narrow the width of the nostrils.

Most commonly Tip Rhinoplasty is used to resolve concerns of a droopy nasal tip. This is achieved by lifting the cartilage and in some cases using a cartilage graft to achieve the ideal shape of the nasal tip. Any dorsal humps can also be removed by sculpting the cartilage on the bridge of the nose to achieve the desired shape.

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Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty

Middle Eastern rhinoplasty can often be a more complex or difficult procedure as the thickness of the skin can limit the amount of definition some patients can achieve.

Generally, the aims of Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty are to straighten the nasal bridge, narrow the nose, and refine the nasal tip. The techniques most commonly used are, therefore, tip rhinoplasty which inserts a cartilage graft into the nasal tip to allow it to be reshaped, and dorsum surgery which reshapes and reduces the width of the bone and cartilage on the nasal bridge.

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Revision Rhinoplasty 

Unfortunately, not all rhinoplasty patients are satisfied with the results of their procedure. This can be due to a variety of reasons such as the procedure failing to achieve the patient’s aims or that the procedure caused significant issues such as problems breathing or created additional aesthetic concerns. For more information on the reasons for and risks of additional rhinoplasty procedures, you can view our Revision Rhinoplasty page.

For some patients, the aesthetic concern they have following their rhinoplasty procedure is that the technique used was not specific to their needs or ethnicity. This means that some patients require an additional rhinoplasty procedure that either solves the issues created by their first surgery or achieves the result that their surgery did not. 

The rhinoplasty technique used should ensure that the patient maintains their ethnicity and simply enhances their appearance in a natural and suitable way. However, due to the fact rhinoplasty procedures are so individualized and require multiple different techniques for differing concerns and ethnicities, not all surgeons are experienced in achieving the ideal results for all patients. This is why it is extremely important to research the procedure and your goals as well as the expertise of the surgeon. Any revision rhinoplasty procedure requires a highly experienced Board-Certified surgeon as these procedures are more complex than the original procedure. 

Boston Ethnic Rhinoplasty Cost

According to RealSelf the average cost for Caucasian Rhinoplasty is $7,650 which tends to be more expensive than the cost of other ethnic rhinoplasty procedures. They state that the average cost for African American rhinoplasty is $6,850 and the average price for Asian Rhinoplasty is claimed to be $6,975. However, it is reported that procedures can often cost far more than this as Hispanic and Asian Rhinoplasty often cost around $15,000. Additionally, they state that African-American Rhinoplasty can cost between $15,000 and $30,000 and Caucasian Rhinoplasty can cost an average of $15,000 to $35,000.

This huge difference in cost is due to multiple factors which significantly impact the procedure’s price such as the specific technique used, the location, the surgeon’s expertise, and additional surgical costs such as sedation fees. Therefore the exact cost of your nose reshaping procedure will vary for each specific patient depending on their individual needs. For more information on how much Rhinoplasty procedures tend to cost in Boston, and how you could finance the procedure visit our blog on funding a nose job.


Ultimately, ethnic rhinoplasty is a complex and highly individualized procedure so it is important to conduct research into the various techniques and ensure you are clear on your goals for surgery.

If you are considering having any nose reshaping procedure or ethnic rhinoplasty in Boston, you should visit a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, with significant expertise in performing various rhinoplasty techniques for patients of different ethnicities. 


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