Hispanic Rhinoplasty Boston

Every patient is different. Every nose is different. Dr. Markarian produces life-changing, natural results that respect and preserve his patients’ ethnicities.

What is Hispanic Rhinoplasty?

There are various types of nose reshaping procedures available that are designed to alter different aspects of the nose. The most suitable nose reshaping procedure will vary for patients depending on their individual features and desired outcome. Our ethnicity determines our physical features and therefore, has a huge impact on which type of technique is suitable for us.

Hispanic rhinoplasty patients include those of Mexican, Castilian, Latino, and Mestizo descent. This means that amongst Hispanic rhinoplasty patients there is often a huge variety of characteristics and differing aims for nose reshaping surgery.

The number of Hispanic patients who underwent a cosmetic procedure in America in 2018 was reported to be 1,941,222 which made up 11% of the overall number of plastic surgery patients. Furthermore, the American Society of Plastic Surgery found that Hispanic rhinoplasty patients made up 11% of all rhinoplasty patients in American in 2018. For further information regarding the general benefits of undergoing a nose reshaping procedure visit our blog on ‘Nose Job Boston: 5 Surprising Benefits‘.

Typical Aims of Hispanic Rhinoplasty

The specific aims of all patients will vary, but the most common requests from Hispanic Rhinoplasty patients tend to include:

  • Refine or lift the nasal tip
  • Remove side bumps on nasal bridge 
  • Narrowing the nostrils

Hispanic Rhinoplasty Techniques

Tip Rhinoplasty

Procedures performed on the nasal tip are generally referred to as ‘tip rhinoplasty’ and although the overall aim of this procedure is to refine the nasal tip, there are still various techniques that can be used. Prospective Hispanic Rhinoplasty patients often have weak and soft cartilage while the skin is generally quite thick. This can lead to the nasal tip dropping and many Hispanic Rhinoplasty patients, therefore, desire their nasal tip to be lifted. The two main techniques used to alter the nasal tip include:

Tip suturing techniques

There are various nasal suturing techniques that can be used but the procedure tends to precisely manipulate the nasal tip using sutures. Patients will only be able to undergo this procedure if there is sufficient cartilage that is of the necessary strength to be altered using sutures. 

It is reported that cartilage that has been altered using suturing techniques can change slightly during the course of the procedure as it takes a while for the manipulated cartilage to settle into its new shape. It is, therefore, important surgeons re-examine and check these areas before closing the incisions. Permanent sutures can be used but are not necessary and can cause additional issues such as stitches protruding through the nasal skin. However, Hispanic Rhinoplasty patients often have quite thick skin on their nose and so stitches protruding from the skin is less likely to be an issue.

Cartilage grafts

Ultimately, since many Hispanic rhinoplasty patients have fairly weak cartilage on their nasal tip, suturing techniques are rarely used. Patients instead tend to require a cartilage graft to be added to provide additional support to the nasal tip. This cartilage graft is generally taken from the patient’s nose or ear, in some cases it is even taken from the rib, and then added to the nasal tip. The graft provides the tip of the nose with enough strength and stability for it to be moulded into the desired shape so that the nasal tip appears both lifted and refined.

Dorsal Hump Reduction 

Dorsal humps are bumps of either bone or cartilage on the bridge of the nose. Many Hispanic Rhinoplasty patients complain of having a prominent dorsal hump that makes their nose look too large in comparison to their other facial features. Any dorsal humps can be removed by sculpting the cartilage on the bridge of the nose to achieve the desired shape and smooth the nasal bridge. 

Dorsal hump removal can be performed using open or closed rhinoplasty, but generally, open rhinoplasty is used as it enables greater precision since a full view of the nose can be achieved using this technique. General anesthesia will be administered and small incisions into the nose will be made around the inside of the nostrils to allow the surgeon to view the bone and cartilage. Typically, the nasal bridge will be reshaped by sanding down the cartilage of the nose. In some cases, the nasal bones will need to be broken and reset into a different position to achieve the desired shape.

Due to the fact the technique reduces the nose, the procedure achieves permanent results. Some patients feel after their surgery that their dorsal hump was not reduced enough or that it was reduced too much. It is essential your surgeon has extensive dorsal hump reduction experience for Hispanic Rhinoplasty patients to ensure the reduction fits your characteristics and other facial features. Revision Rhinoplasty can be undertaken if results are unsatisfactory to either further reduce the dorsal hump or to add a cartilage graft if the nose was reduced too much.

Recovery From Hispanic Rhinoplasty in Boston

A splint will need to be worn for the first week following the procedure and will be removed during your follow-up appointment with Dr. Markarian. Initially, after your procedure, there will be fairly significant swelling and bruising for a few weeks due to the fact the procedure impacted the bone or cartilage of the nose. It can take a few months for these initial side effects to subside and the full results of the procedure can take up to a year to be completely visible.

If a cartilage graft was inserted during your procedure after a few weeks it will become a part of your nose and so there is a reduced chance of complications resulting from the surgery due to the fact the material used for the graft is cartilage taken from your own body. If other materials were used as a graft then the recovery can be longer and the likelihood of complications is increased since the substance used is not one that naturally occurs in the body.

Recovery from dorsal hump reduction procedures tends to be longer than for many other nose reshaping techniques. It is generally recommended that you take two or three weeks off to allow the nose to heal and recover if open rhinoplasty was used.


Initial Side Effects:

  • Bruising
  • Swelling 
  • Inflammation

Dorsal Hump Reduction Risks:

  • Nasal congestion 

Tip Plasty Risks

  • Aesthetic issues – more likely if have thin nasal skin


Meeting with a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon is the next step for any potential Hispanic Rhinoplasty patients in Boston. It is important to carry out your own research into various nose reshaping procedures, the recovery period and risks to ensure you are happy with the procedure and are clear on your aims.

Financing a nose reshaping procedure is also a common concern for potential patients, for more information on the cost of nose reshaping procedures you can view our blog on funding a nose job. Seeing a plastic surgeon who has extensive experience in performing Hispanic Rhinoplasty in Boston procedures is also necessary to reduce the risk of unsatisfactory results.

For a Hispanic Rhinoplasty consultation in Boston, contact Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Mark Markarian.