Ethnic Rhinoplasty

Before and After Images Ethnic Rhinoplasty

NOTE: These images are un-retouched un-posed clinical images, of actual Dr Hodgkinson patients.

Before And After Images (Male) Ethnic Rhinoplasty

NOTE: These images are un-retouched un-posed clinical images, of actual Dr Hodgkinson patients.

About The Procedure

When it comes to the results of a rhinoplasty procedure in a multicultural society such as Sydney, there is a wide variety of people with different ethnic backgrounds seeking aesthetic surgery. Dr. Hodgkinson’s approach to different ethnic subgroups over the past thirty years, has included over twenty years of performing procedures in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney and over ten years performing plastic surgery in the United States.

Australia is built on ethnic diversity, and all Australians are aware of the great success of our immigration policies since World War II. Our population doubled due to new Australians coming from every continent with a range of cultural backgrounds. This increase in the variety of ethnicity demands an understanding of the social, cultural, and aesthetic values of patients by your surgeon.

It has also been shown that first-generation new Australians seek an aesthetic, which is a hybrid of their cultural background and their new environment.

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Dr. Hodgkinson assesses the goals and current situation of all patients, providing realistic expectations and ethnically appropriate results for every procedure.

Issues addressed with ethnic rhinoplasty

Features common to many Middle Eastern noses most typically include a strong, prominent nose with a high bridge, a broad middle area of the nose, and a big or sometimes drooping tip. People who have this type of nose may notice that it appears slightly long in relation to the face, especially in the frontal view of photographs. The profile or the three-quarter view may reveal a hump or drooping tip that could distort the balance of the facial features.

The aesthetics of the Asian face differ as they often do not have strong noses with high bridges. It is common that the Asian nose is usually flat, with a broad and depressed tip. When viewing this in profile, there is generally very little projection to the nose, giving a scooped out look. This requires a different approach due to the requirement of enhancement or augmentation, often with a bone graft or, in some cases, a cartilage graft to the bridge of the nose to build up the ‘flatness.’

Synthetic grafts like silicone are avoided due to the fact that they can be rejected over time. These grafts do not bond as well to the existing nasal structures when compared to the success rate of the patient’s own tissues. The graft gives the nose height and projection while also being able to narrow the flare of the nostrils to give the female nose a more elegant appearance or, in the case of a male nose, a stronger look.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty with Dr. Hodgkinson

When assessing any patient, perhaps the most important pitfall to avoid is the myth that there is such a thing as a ‘perfect nose.’ There is no one nose that will look good on everyone’s face. This can create a challenge for the surgeon as they need to conceive a nose that is appropriate for the specific patient and will look balanced on a face.

The aesthetic judgment of the surgeon, combined with years of experience, a range of techniques, and the desires of the patient, determine the best outcome. Dr. Hodgkinson will work with the patient to find an appropriate aesthetic design that fits the overall appearance of the face.

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A before and after of ethnic rhinoplasty followed by six months of healing as performed by Dr. Hodgkinson.

Dr. Hodgkinson has performed thousands of rhinoplasties and spends a great deal of time with all patients before surgery. This, along with the aid of a computer program called ‘Alter Image,’ means Dr. Hodgkinson can individualise the look of the nose, achieving a natural result that does not look operated on.

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Asian male replacement of displaced silicone implant with bone grafting to the bridge of the nose.
Where possible, Dr. Hodgkinson uses the patient’s own tissue during a rhinoplasty.

The healing process for the Ethnic Rhinoplasty procedure

It is somewhat unpredictable when dealing with the healing factors of the nose. Slight asymmetries may occur, but this is a risk with any procedure. A rhinoplasty procedure asymmetries are often more evident during the scar maturing phase, which happens around the six to eight-month part of the healing process. In some cases, a minor touch-up procedure may be required; however this has so far only been necessary for roughly five to ten percent of patients.

Why is Dr. Hodgkinson best suited to this procedure?

Dr. Hodgkinson has previously lectured at the Eurasian Nose at the Australian Academy of Facial Plastic Surgeons, The Brazilian Society of Plastic Surgery, The Korean Society of Rhinoplasty Surgery and the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. He has been asked to speak on his in-depth experience and vast skill set in regards to the various rhinoplasty procedures. He is asked to teach his Asian Rhinoplasty at meetings in Asian as he has an alternative solution to using skincare.

His Ethnic Rhinoplasty results, along with Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery) has led to Dr. Hodgkinson being invited to assist other surgeons in the learning of new techniques and approaches. The methods he teaches, he has mastered over time and is sought-after as an authority on ethnic rhinoplasty and blepharoplasty.

Dr Hodgkinson and his professional team are well experienced and capable of providing amazing results for your Ethnic Nose Job.

Dr. Hodgkinson and his experienced team have a highly regarded set of unique skills. This goes above and beyond ethnic rhinoplasty procedures to include other facial and body procedures, all of which have the primary goal of assisting a patient’s comfort and confidence levels. Dr Hodgkinson is the director of Double Bay Day Surgery a dedicated facility just for cosmetic surgery of the face and body.


  • What is the difference between a rhinoplasty and a nose job?

    A nose job can also be referred to as rhinoplasty. The trials and tribulations of pop icon Michael Jackson drew much comment on rhinoplasty and nose jobs. Certainly, the fear of many patients seeking rhinoplasty is of ending up with a nose that has an obviously operated-on look so they are tagged as having had a ‘nose job’.

    Too much tissue taken out of the tip of the nose, too great a reduction of the dorsum or bridge of the nose and/or an inappropriate repositioning of the nasal bones, all by inexperienced surgeons are the usual causes of the so-called nose job.

    Another common cause is the use of plastic in the nose. These ‘plastic (or silicone) implants’ are common amongst Asian patients and are rarely successful in the long term.

    Rhinoplasty if done correctly by a surgeon with experience and expertise can be one of the most satisfying procedures, beautifying the face and improving the patient’s profile. Any breathing problems can also be dealt with at the same time.

    Before and 6 months after Rhinoplasty
  • Will my nose be in proportion to my face after nose job surgery?

    Proportion and balance of features are very important considerations with nasal reshaping, known as Rhinoplasty. The shape of the face and the chin as well as the position of the eyes should all be taken in consideration when contemplating changing the shape of your nose.

    We find that digital imaging and image manipulation can often give the patient a better visual idea of what the end result might be. We encourage patients to bring photos of noses they like so we can discuss their expectations and what is realistic. Selfies greatly alter the appearance of the nose and clear communication with us is essential.  This is why we perform computer imaging with you to determine your aesthetic goals.

    The trend is away from making a too-cute or stylised nose and more towards individualised rhinoplasty to suit both the patient’s features as well as aesthetic requirements.  No one nose suits every patient.

    Before and After Rhinoplasty

  • What are the risks of rhinoplasty?

    Dr. Hodgkinson places great importance on working at the highest levels of safety and care, which is why the thousands of nose surgeries he has performed over his long career have experienced no adverse or negative risks. Part of our responsibility as medical practitioners requires us, however, to inform you of any possible associated risks for the surgical procedures we provide.

    Your risks are related to your general health, and even in the best of hands, sometimes (about 5%) of healing doesn’t go as expected, and a touch up operation may be needed at 6-12 months to refine the result.

    Prior surgery by some other surgeon, taking recreational drugs and trauma all contribute to unpredictable healing after rhinoplasty.

    The incisions that are made as part of this process are inconspicuous, along with any scarring that will fade or lessen with time.

  • What sort of recovery time should I expect for a tip rhinoplasty?

    As it is only the cartilage in your nose that is being augmented during this procedure and not the underlying bones, both surgery and recovery time is shorter than a full rhinoplasty. You will likely experience minimal bruising and swelling, which will subside over time.

    Nose tip surgery is a subtle procedure but can create a drastic change to your appearance, but it should be noted that it can take up to six months for all swelling to disappear. You will be able to return to work after approximately 1-2 weeks.

  • What risks should I be aware of that are associated with nasal tip surgery?

    It is crucial to note that even though nasal tip surgery is a less invasive procedure, it is still a surgery, which brings with it an element of risk. Dr. Hodgkinson’s team will explain all of this in-depth during your consultation.

    You will have great peace of mind; however, in knowing that over a 30-year career, Dr. Hodgkinson has never experienced a serious or life-threatening complication with any of his patients post-surgery.

    With thousands of rhinoplasties performed, Dr. Hodgkinson’s stellar safety record speaks for itself. He and his team ensure the highest levels of safety, guaranteeing the most exceptional level of care for every patient.

    While every surgical procedure has a level of risk or complication that may be present, you should be aware of them to stay properly informed. If you are a patient with a poor medical history or are psychologically unstable, you may not be a suitable candidate for this procedure.

    Any relevant risks will be explained during your consultation; and in cases of rhinoplasty, the small risks can be infection, bruising, or bleeding, along with a low risk of issues concerning the anaesthetic.

    All of Dr. Hodgkinson’s patients have experienced high-levels of care and safety due to his skill level and strong focus on quality aftercare.