He has been performing “ethnic” rhinoplasty for 15 years and has literally written the textbook on the procedure. On TheGriot.com, he commented that “usually African Americans who want to have their noses done have a nose bridge that is too flat and wide, a nasal tip that is too bulky, or really wide nostrils."
It is Ghavami's experience that Blacks tend to have very thick skin so it needs to be trimmed down to show the beauty of the framework of the bones. He says this maintains the ethnicity of the nose but simply updates it.
It is doctors like Ghavami, who are taking the time and effort to preserve their patient’s ethnic heritage while updating their look, that are making plastic surgery a more viable option for African Americans. They don’t have to fear they will wind up on an episode of “When plastic surgery goes wrong” anymore.
TheGriot.com. Web. Published 13 February 2012. “Plastic Surgeons aim to promote ethnic rhinoplasty within the African American Community.” http://www.thegrio.com/specials/life-and-style/plastic-surgeons-aim-to-p...
Marketwatch.com. Web. Published 8 February 2012. “Annual survey of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery finds more patients turning to social media to make decisions on surgeries and non-surgical procedures.”
Reviewed February 24, 2012
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith