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The nose is a pivotal component of the face, and a critical element in your facial profile. Among Asian people particularly, the nose is vital to facial aesthetics. At Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Los Angeles & Orange County, Dr. David Kahng is among the top providers of Asian rhinoplasty Los Angeles has to offer; bringing balance, harmony, and beauty to the entire face.


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What Makes Asian Rhinoplasty Such a Popular Procedure?

Asian patients generally have a wider face and the nasal bridge tends to be shallow and flat, which makes the face appear even wider. Asian faces may have an underdeveloped middle portion, which can create the appearance of flatness. If this midface is significantly under developed, then facial bone surgery is necessary, but if mild, Asian rhinoplasty along with pyriform implants can be performed to correct any midface retrusion.

Facial Harmony with an Asian Rhinoplasty

In Asian rhinoplasty, the nose is typically restructured between the bridge and the tip. The procedure generally involves enlarging and lengthening the nose to balance the width of the face and complement the distance between the eyes. This surgery may also add definition and shape to the nasal tip – a crucial aspect in nose appearance and shape.

Los Angeles Asian Rhinoplasty patients, a less-defined nose with a slightly rounded tip may be recommended to preserve a natural ethnic appearance. However, there is no one-size-fits-all ideal Asian nose. The purpose of the procedure is to enhance the features of the individual patient in a manner that enhances overall facial appearance.

By improving the shape and proportions of the nose, our plastic surgeon can correct any imbalance of the facial features. When performed with artistry and skill, a nose job can dramatically improve overall facial harmony, leaving you with a more appealing appearance overall.

What Cosmetic Issues Does Asian Rhinoplasty Address?

Asian rhinoplasty techniques can correct several common cosmetic issues with the nose and bring more balance to the facial features:

Bridge of the nose

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Nasal tip

An Asian nose often has weak underlying cartilage and thick skin at the nasal tip. Asian nose surgery often involves increasing the projection and length of the tip. This is accomplished using cartilage grafts to build up the tip, placed to provide structural support and long-lasting results.


Nostrils vary widely among Asian patients, but very few require nostril narrowing. In many cases, the nostrils narrow on their own when improvements are made to the tip cartilage.

Asian Rhinoplasty Procedure Los Angeles

Asian rhinoplasty is performed under general or intravenous anesthesia for safety purposes. The procedure may be open or closed, depending on the extent and nature of restructuring required, but majority it is done as an open rhinoplasty for Asian patients.

  • In a closed procedure, all incisions are made inside the nose.
  • In an open procedure, an incision is made across the columella (the narrow strip of tissue separating the nostrils) connecting the incisions inside the nose. If an open procedure is used, Dr. Kahng will place the incision line for minimum visibility.

Grafting may be needed to augment and lengthen the bridge of the nose. Dr. Kahng may use cartilage or bone taken from your own body or a synthetic implant. The tip of the nose may be sculpted to add projection and definition and make the nostrils appear less prominent. Nostril structure may be narrowed when necessary.

Recovery after Asian Rhinoplasty in Orange County

You can expect some swelling and bruising after Asian rhinoplasty. Minor pain and discomfort is easily controlled with prescribed medications, which are typically needed for only a few days.

Walking around the house is encouraged during healing, as this activity will stimulate natural blood circulation. If your nose surgery involved cartilage grafting or implants, it is important to avoid any contact sports and any activity in which the nose could be at risk of being struck for at least six weeks after the procedure.

Many patients are able to return to work and most of their normal activities in approximately one week after surgery, with visible results and minimal bruising. Results will continue to improve for up to one year, as swelling subsides and nasal contours refine. Call CARA to schedule a consultation, like many Asian Rhinoplasty Los Angeles patients have, with Dr. Kahng to talk about your options.

Benefits of Asian Rhinoplasty

The goal for our Asian rhinoplasty Los Angeles patients is to sculpt and refine nasal structure to create a nose that blends perfectly with your unique brow, eyes, cheekbones, and mouth. As performed by our skilled plastic surgeons at Cara Plastic Surgery & Laser Center in Los Angeles or Orange County, an Asian rhinoplasty procedure can:

  • Balance and refine nasal structure
  • Make the nose more defined
  • Improve the length and shape of the nasal tip
  • Correct a flat appearance of the nose
  • Enhance and improve definition of the bridge
  • Improve breathing (when a deviated septum is corrected)
  • Dramatically enhance overall facial appearance
  • Boost self-esteem

See some of the results from Dr. Kahng with his rhinoplasty patients in our gallery.


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