Our society is a wonderful melting pot of various ethnicities and cultures. Within any ethnic population there are women and men who would like to make cosmetic changes to their nose, known as rhinoplasty. It is extremely important to select a facial plastic surgeon that has a complete understanding of the patient’s desired level of maintaining their ethnicity, as well as a complete understanding of the ethnic variations in the anatomy. Houston nasal surgery experts, Dr. Russell Kridel and Dr. Angela Sturm, specialize in facial plastic surgery, particularly rhinoplasty, and have the proven ability to finesse their unique surgical techniques so that your rhinoplasty surgery will meet your individual goals for success. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm perform more than 100 rhinoplasty surgeries annually on patients from various ethnic backgrounds.
General Rhinoplasty Info
"The fact that Dr. Kridel only does faces makes him an expert in his field. Everything about my procedure was top notch. I was well prepared for my surgery and had realistic expectations due to the computer imaging. It's fun to see what you are going to look like. My procedure was painless and I love the way I look. I am 53 and had a lower face lift. Now, I look like I am in my early forties. Dr. Kridel's claim-to-fame is that you do not look overdone; I look very natural. His staff is also courteous and helpful. And the follow-up care I am receiving is also wonderful. How many doctors send you flowers?If you are considering facial plastic surgery he should be your only choice."- Anonymous / Vitals / Mar 15, 2016
"Excellent work and care provided. - n/a"- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 28, 2017
"Rhinoplasty - Could not be more pleased with my surgical outcome!"- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 27, 2017
"Wonderful experience and thrilled with the results - I had a neck and lower face lift about three months ago. I visited with three doctors over a six month period and selected Dr. Kridel because of his experience and the quality of his staff. The results are very natural; friends and family members have commented about my weight loss. I haven't lost weight but that's the typical reaction I receive. For the first time in 6 years since I had my last baby, I feel like my neck and face align with the rest of me. So very happy and highly recommend."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 27, 2017
"Two thumbs up - I have absolutely no grievences or complaints with Dr. Sturm or any of the work she did. Everything was perfect except we were not aware of all the surgical center costs so payment was not clear throughout the process."- Anonymous / Vitals / Oct 27, 2017
Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm are sensitive to both individual and cultural differences in aesthetic perception and the expectations for nice surgical results. Rhinoplasty surgery is one of the most complex cosmetic surgery procedures. In the case of African American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern and Asian noses, the anatomical structures of the nose may be different than a Caucasian nose. Yet, the most popular facial plastic surgical procedure requested by Hispanic and African-American patients is rhinoplasty. It’s crucial that both the anatomy and aesthetic desires of the patients be taken into consideration in the surgical planning process. Patients from similar ethnic backgrounds can very easily want different levels of cosmetic changes. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm have a complete understanding of the patient’s desired level of maintaining their ethnicity, as well as a complete understanding of the ethnic variations in the anatomy. In addition, Dr. Kridel has pioneered ethnic rhinoplasty techniques that create balanced changes without significantly altering ethnicity. Many of these surgical techniques are now taught in medical schools.
African American Rhinoplasty
Increased width, loss of definition and lack of projection characterize some of the typical features African-American patients desire to have cosmetically changed. Building dorsal height, achieving nasal tip definition amidst thick skin, and producing a more aesthetically pleasing alar base are the major challenges. Successful nasal surgery in the African-American nose requires understanding that the anatomy differs greatly from the Caucasian nose. The hallmark of rhinoplasty for African-American patients is augmentation of the osteocartilaginous framework with reduction of the alar base and thick skin envelope. However, it should not be forgotten that appreciating societal norms and individual desires is paramount to a post-operative result that pleases you.
For Hispanic patients, we have found that narrowing and augmenting the height of the nasal dorsum, increasing projection, rotation, and definition of the nasal tip, and reducing alar flare and base width are the most common concerns. The challenge of Hispanic rhinoplasty lies not only in the differences in anatomy from the Caucasian nose, but also the wide heterogeneity within the community from a multiethnic origin and patterns of migration. Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm understand these nuances and have developed surgical techniques that can create a more aesthetically pleasing nose without drastically affecting ethnicity.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $7,000 - $9,500
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2.5-4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
Ethnic Rhinoplasty FAQs
Dr. Kridel and Dr. Sturm have extensive experience with this surgery and strive to provide results that look and appear natural. Yes, your face will look different, but the goal is for the result to appear natural in a way that makes you happy, while still respecting the cultural aesthetics of your ethnicity in a manner that meets your overall aesthetic goals.