In a ground-breaking study involving 75 African American patients, Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, Founder and Director of The Aesthetic Facial Surgery Institute of New York and New Jersey, statistically proves a unique three- tiered surgical approach in rhinoplasty results in an excellent degree of preservation of ethnic characteristics, very high patient satisfaction postoperatively and consistently increases self-esteem.
The nose is the central feature of the face; therefore it can easily enhance or detract from one's overall facial aesthetics. In its 2005 survey, the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that rhinoplasty was the most common cosmetic procedure in the African American population averaging at 65%. “Rhinoplasty, a procedure that was sometimes used in an attempt to make an African American nose look more Caucasian, has evolved a great deal as societal understanding of ethnic beauty and surgical techniques for ethnic features have improved”, Dr. Slupchynskyj reports. “A surgeon performing African American rhinoplasty should be aware of, and be able to distinguish, the various standards of beauty present in different ethnic groups, only then s/he can work to enhance ethnic features, as opposed to changing them to fit inappropriate standards of beauty” continues Dr. Slupchynskyj. continue reading