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want to get a nose job and was wondering.

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.

want to get a nose job and was wondering.

Postby nocturne77 » Sat Mar 21, 2009 7:43 pm

hello dr. harris,

i have enjoyed reading all your replies for the past hour. i am a caucasian female in my twenties with african descent going several generations back. i'm "white-looking" though a lot of my features show my background, like a thick skin type, certain aspects of bone structure, keloid scarring tendency and stuff. i am doing a lot of research on getting nose surgery and was wondering if a majority of doctors know to take factors like this into consideration. i am worried that the person i end up going to may do a great job on people with thinner skin who don't scar easily but may not understand how to approach skin that doesn't appear particularly dark but behaves more like darker skin so to speak. is it neccessary that i seek out a doctor who specializes in ethnic rhinoplasty then?

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Postby drharris » Mon Apr 27, 2009 7:23 pm

Dear nocturne77,

Your question is truly insightful. It is critical for rhinoplasty surgeons to be sensitive to the ethnic makeup of prospective patients. Your European and African ancestry should be taken into consideration when planning rhinoplasty surgery. There are both technical and cultural issues which need to be addressed given your mixed race heritage. For instance, having experience with cartilage grafting techniques which give better results in thicker skinned patients, avoiding incisions which have a tendency to keloid scarring. . .or simply possessing an aesthetic sensitivity to produce a result which compliments your face, yet preserves the nuances of your ethnic identity. I could talk about this all evening . . .thank you for posing the question.

I would like to see photos of you . . .feel free to schedule a virtual consultation with me through my practice manager, Monica Gomez. monicagomez@harrisface.com

I'd be happy to be your aesthetic partner in helping you obtain a nose which enhances your authentic beauty.

All the Best,

Dr. Harris
Monte O. Harris, MD
5530 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 612
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
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