The nose goes global
What Patients Want
“Of course, weigh the patient’s concerns first. Usually they ask for some guidance and I think the guidance should be what I call ‘ethnocentric.’ In other words, it should bear in mind the cultural background or ethnicity and structural features of a given patient,” Dr. Most says.
In a careful discussion with the patient, consider the person’s concerns and ethnocentric characteristics to arrive at the patient’s ideal. The goal, Dr. Most says, is to perform a rhinoplasty that’s structurally sound, will last for the patient’s lifetime and remain harmonious with the rest of the patient’s face.
In the end, today’s patient tends to want more natural results.
“By that I mean, something that doesn’t look like you’ve had a rhinoplasty. It should look like the nose you were born with,” Dr. Most says. “Having said that, on a Caucasian or somebody with an Asian or African American background, there are things you can do to a nose that make it look prettier or more handsome, but still look very natural for that face or that person.”
In essence he says, the ideal nose is the nose that looks best and most natural on any given patient.
Disclosures: Drs. Thomas and Most report no relevant confilicts of interest.