Facial Procedure:

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

At the state-of-the-art offices of Dr. Jonathan Pontell, patients are offered a vast array of facial cosmetic surgery procedures. Dr. Pontell performs only facial cosmetic surgery, and he has many years of experience providing sophisticated facial rejuvenation and reconstruction procedures. In addition, he performs a number of treatments designed to enhance the harmony of the facial features, such as rhinoplasty and ethnic rhinoplasty for patients of African, Hispanic, Asian or Middle Eastern descent. If you would like to learn how ethnic rhinoplasty in Philadelphia can help you enhance the beauty of your face, explore the information provided by Dr. Pontell.


Ethnic rhinoplasty is a type of cosmetic nose surgery. The goal of ethnic rhinoplasty is the same as the goal of “conventional” rhinoplasty – to refine the nasal contours in order to improve the harmony between the nose and the other facial features. The difference is that ethnic rhinoplasty requires advanced skill on the part of the surgeon because of several special considerations.

First, darker skin tones are more prone to scarring, which is why the surgeon has to pay special attention to the placement of incisions and post-operative incision care. Second, pigmented skin is more prone to skin discoloration after surgery. Third, darker skin sometimes is much thicker than fair skin. This means that the surgeon must know how to create the incisions and reshape the skin and cartilage for the best possible result. Dr. Jonathan Pontell is one of the more experienced Philadelphia ethnic nose surgery providers, and he is highly skilled at addressing all of the unique aspects of ethnic rhinoplasty.


Before your nose surgery, Dr. Pontell will conduct an in-depth consultation at his Philadelphia facial plastic surgery offices. He will carefully evaluate your skin type, skin tone and skin thickness. He will also assess the cartilage and nasal bone, and explore the unique anatomy of your nose. Dr. Pontell will then ask you to describe your treatment goals and how you would like your nose to look after rhinoplasty. To help you understand what is possible and what is not, Dr. Pontell might demonstrate ethnic rhinoplasty before-and-after photos of patients with similar nasal structure and skin type. Dr. Pontell can also demonstrate what is possible with the help of computer imaging. The goal of the thorough consultation is to ensure that Dr. Pontell understands your concerns and goals and selects the best surgical techniques for you.

At the end of the pre-surgical consultation, Dr. Pontell will give you a list of things you need to do to prepare for your treatment. If you smoke, he will strongly recommend that you quit at least four weeks before and after your treatment because nicotine can obstruct blood flow and cause complications. Dr. Pontell might also recommend that you discontinue certain over-the-counter medications, and discuss your prescription medications with your physician.


Dr. Pontell usually performs ethnic rhinoplasty while the patient is under general or sedation anesthesia. However, if extensive nasal reshaping is needed or if this is a revision rhinoplasty, general anesthesia might be more appropriate. After preparing the patient, Dr. Pontell creates an incision within the nose or across the thin strip of skin between the nostrils. For most ethnic rhinoplasty treatments, the outer incision is needed because it allows Dr. Pontell to open the nose and perform more comprehensive reshaping, such as reducing the size of the nostrils, refining a bulbous tip, or raising a “flat” nose. If the patient desires to increase the height of the nasal bridge, Dr. Pontell will add cartilage to achieve this goal. The cartilage is often taken from the nasal septum or the ear. Depending on the extent of the nose reshaping needed, time in surgery might vary from 1.5-2 hours.


As a leading Philadelphia nose job provider, Dr. Pontell is dedicated to helping all of his patients achieve the best possible results. Because ethnic nose surgery is a particularly complex procedure, Dr. Pontell carefully monitors his patients throughout the recovery period. After surgery a splint is applied to help maintain the new shape. The initial swelling will subside within 1-2 weeks, at which time patients will be able to resume breathing through the nose and return to work and light physical activities. Within one month, most of the swelling will disappear and the nose will begin to reveal its new shape. People with darker complexions might have to wait longer for the final rhinoplasty results to appear due to lingering residual swelling.

Dr. Jonathan Pontell will conduct periodic follow-up visits to monitor the progress of his Philadelphia ethnic rhinoplasty patients, address any concerns they might have, and timely detect any complications. Due to his extensive skill and experience, the vast majority of Dr. Pontell’s ethnic rhinoplasty patients achieve outstanding aesthetic results and are delighted with their new appearance.


If you are of African, Asian, Middle Eastern or Hispanic descent and desire to change your nasal contours, schedule a consultation with the highly skilled Pennsylvania / Delaware ethnic rhinoplasty provider, Dr. Jonathan Pontell. You can set up an appointment by calling his offices at (610) 405-7100. During your consultation, Dr. Pontell will explain your nose surgery options and answer questions about any other procedures he performs, such as facial injectables, Ultherapy, eyelid surgery and face lift in Philadelphia.

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