Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty

Persons of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern descent can have noses that appear to be elongated and overly prominent.  When examining a nose it is helpful to evaluate the individual subunits.

Nasal Tip:

Middle Eastern noses can have tips that droop or are pointed downwards.  A drooping nasal tip creates an appearance of an elongated nose.  By rotating the tip of the nose upwards a drooping nose can appear more refined. Increasing the amount of nasal tip  rotation will make the nose appear less elongated on the profile view and less drooping on the front view.

The nasal tip is often wide and prominent on the front view.  By reshaping the nasal tip cartilages the nose will appear more refined and in better balance with the other facial features.


A hanging columella (the strip of skin between the nostrils) is another cause of a drooping nasal tip.  Columellar ptosis can be corrected at the time of rhinoplasty to improve the infratip lobule (the lower part of the nasal tip). Reducing a hanging columella will make the nose appear less elongated on the profile view and less drooping on the front view.


Middle Eastern noses can have a prominent hump on the bridge.  The hump or convexity is most visible on the profile view.  Reducing the prominence of the hump can make a significant impact on the overall appearance of the nose.

Women can choose to create either a straight bridge or have a slight curvature to it.  For men the most appealing appearance is a straight bridge.


The radix is the highest part of the bridge of the nose.  Middle Eastern noses can have a high radix making the bridge of the nose appear to start between the eyebrows instead of at the level of the upper eyelid.  Reducing the height of the radix can be difficult to accomplish with rhinoplasty but an important part of the procedure nonetheless.

Please visit our gallery of before and after pictures of Middle Eastern rhinoplasty. Have more questions about rhinoplasty in San Diego?  Please visit our rhinoplasty page to learn more about this type of surgery.

If you would like to know more about Middle Eastern Rhinoplasty in San Diego and would like to consult with Dr. Kolstad at his La Jolla Facial Plastic Surgery office. Give us a call at 858.859.2563 to schedule your appointment today.

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