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Nose Surgery

Dr. Harris will answer all your questions about facial plastic surgery for African-Americans and people with skin of color, including rhinoplasty (nose job), facelift, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty), lasers, dermal fillers and all other types of facial plastic surgery.

Nose Surgery

Postby iceyrhino » Sun Sep 07, 2008 3:40 pm

Hey Dr. Harris. Firstly I just want to say how glad I am you have signed up for this question and answer part of the site. It's quite ironic how you have just appeared on this forum as I was given your name recently by one of your former patients who had nothing but complimentary words to say about you and your work

In terms of actual surgery, I am a black male who has been considering rhinoplasty for quite a while now. This post will probably just reiterate what a previous poster asked about this particular surgery but what do you think are the main challenges and pitfalls in reconstructing a "black nose" that aren't found in the typical caucasian nose? On average would you say ethnic noses are more difficult to work upon or simply just different? My personal issue is I want to reduce the length and harshness of my dorsal hump and perhaps slightly narrow the bridge in this area. Would you say this is a feasible goal? I can understand this must be difficult to judge without seeing images so I would be more than happy to email these over to you so we can then perhaps begin to map out a more informed plan of action

I appreciate the time you have taken out to read my post, I look forward to your response
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Postby drharris » Mon Sep 08, 2008 7:10 pm

Hi iceyrhino,

I recently gave a presentation at an International Facial Cosmetic Surgery meeting in Las Vegas entitled . . . African American Rhinoplasty: My personal approach to preserving ethnicity. In the talk, I commented on what I think are the two biggest challenges with African American rhinoplasty. One is for the plastic surgeon to have an aesthetic sensitivity for what looks good on a "black" face. I challenged the audience to look at Ebony and Essence magazines routinely to enhance their appreciation for the diversity of black beauty. As we know from Michael Jackson, one size does not fit all.

Secondly, African American rhinoplasty can be uniquely challenging due to the thickness of our skin and the propensity to scarring. So, I would not necessarily say in a "blanket fashion" that African America noses are more difficult . . .they simply present different challenges which surgeons must be aware of and have the experience to address appropriately.

As far as your particular goals, they seem quite reasonable. I'd be happy to review photos and map out a more informed action plan. Feel free to send photos to my practice manager, Monica Gomez (monicagomez@culturaface.com)

Take it easy,

Dr. Harris
Monte O. Harris, MD
5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 612
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301.951.9292
http://www.aestheticmodernism.com
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Excellent!

Postby iceyrhino » Tue Sep 09, 2008 3:42 pm

Hi Dr Harris,

I have just emailed Monica Gomez so I will await your reply. Thank you

One more question. I noticed you stated in a previous post rhinoplasty is the operation you love the most. In light of that, is this the most common operation you perform?

Thanks again Dr Harris
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Postby drharris » Mon Sep 15, 2008 6:32 am

Yes, it is.

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http://www.aestheticmodernism.com
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