Black rhinoplasty, performed in clients of Afro-American or Afro-Caribbean descent, is an up and coming procedure in our Caribbean plastic surgery clinic at Trinidad Institute of Plastic Surgery. Black rhinoplasty is a variant of ethnic rhinoplasty and you may want to have a look at “Ethnic Rhinoplasty – Nose Job in Diverse Ethnicities”.
Of all ethnic rhinoplasties, black rhinoplasty may well be the most difficult. The universal characteristics of all ethnic noses are often most pronounced in this ethnic group – the skin is thickest, the bridge lowest, the tip weakest, most overrotated and underprojecting, the bony and cartilaginous vaults widest, nostrils and nasal base may reach truly epic proportions.
The use of synthetic implants is particularly tempting in this situation, as really massive amounts of material is needed to build up bridge and tip. Much less is known about the fate of synthetic implants in black rhinoplasty than in Asian rhinoplasty. This may simply be due to the fact that not that many have been inserted yet as opposed to the popularity of this technique in Asia with its huge population. One may surmise that synthetic implants may fare a couple of percent points better in black rhinoplasty due to the extreme skin thickness and thus better soft tissue cover. However, the potential for a massive almost uncorrectable problem from nose implant related complications has made us forego the use of synthetic implants in the nose in favor of the body’s own cartilage and bone.
In our Caribbean plastic surgery clinic at Trinidad Institute of Plastic Surgery we use only the body’s own tissue to build up the Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American nose, a natural way to do rhinoplasty. Cartilage and bone grafts require a donor site, are harder to work with, and generally do not produce as much change nor as easily as implants. In black rhinoplasty more material is usually needed than any other type of ethnic rhinoplasty. However, infections with grafts from your own body are much less likely. Nearly all real catastrophes after rhinoplasty arise from the use of synthetic material in the nose.
Black rhinoplasty can be a very rewarding undertaking if it brings the nose back into harmony with the rest of the face without “westernizing” the nose and foregoing the use of synthetic implants gives a more natural result with fewer long term problems.
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