Question: I am a 34 year old Jamaican woman with extremely flared nostrils. Can this be fixed with ethnic rhinoplasty?
Answer: There are a variety of techniques available that can be used to reduce flared nostrils during an ethnic rhinoplasty. I would recommend seeking out a very experienced rhinoplasty surgeon since these can be very complicated procedures with a high likelihood of a revision in inexperienced hands; furthermore, I like to discuss the limitations that certain techniques would have for each individual’s particular anatomy so that they do not have a higher expectation than can be achieved. I have found that computer-generated imaging is imperative in situations like this so that the patient can see their nose on the computer with the expected postsurgical changes on their face. This allows for them to have a realistic expectation regarding the appearance of the nose after surgery.