Ethnic rhinoplasty in Turkey

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Written by Melissa

Unfortunately, not everyone has the same nose as Cleopatra! That’s why rhinoplasty in Turkey has become one of Europe’s favourite cosmetic surgery procedures. And just as there are many different noses, there are different types of rhinoplasty, including ethnic rhinoplasty. But what exactly is it? And why do so many people choose to travel to Turkey for this operation? Here’s a quick overview. provides information on ethnic rhinoplasty in Turkey and helps you book an operation with qualified surgeons. This content is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional.

How much does ethnic rhinoplasty cost in Turkey?

The average cost of ethnic rhinoplasty in Turkey is €2,300. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic and lasts 3 hours. The length of stay in Istanbul is 7 days, and the hospital stay is 1 night. The price covers accommodation, a translator, VIP transfers and the cost of the operation. The final result is visible within 6 months.

Rhinoplasty1800 €
Secondary rhinoplasty2200 €
Ethnic rhinoplasty2300 €
Ultrasonic rhinoplasty2500 €

What is ethnic rhinoplasty?


Rhinoplasty, also known asnose surgery, involves reshaping a person’s nose according to certain beauty criteria.

Ethnic rhinoplasty is performed on men and women from Africa, Latin America, South-East Asia and the Middle East. More generally, it is aimed at Asian patients and those with black skin.

2 femmes souriantes de différentes ethnies
2 smiling women of different ethnicities

It’s important to understand that ethnic rhinoplasty has nothing to do with racial segregation! In fact, this type of operation has been developed to adapt to the specific nasal features of black noses or, more generally, so-called “ethnic” noses.

Patients who undergo this type of operation are not looking to make their noses more “Western”: they simply want to correct certain defects, as do people who undergo standard rhinoplasty.

However, because of the specific anatomical and morphological features of ethnic noses, it is necessary to use certain precise and specific techniques: this is what ethnic rhinoplasty allows.

Explanatory video on ethnic rhinoplasty

Like standard rhinoplasty, this operation can be carried out from the age of 16: this is when the nose finishes growing. Of course, it is necessary to be accompanied by a legal representative before the age of 18.

Before and after photos

The specific features of the ethnic nose

The nose, like the rest of the body, is the result of a family heritage. In fact, you may have been told that you have the same nose as your father or your mother!

Generally speaking, there are 8 different shapes of nose: blunt, straight, convex, drooping, cambered, aquiline, Bourbonian and upturned. But it is also common to make a distinction according to origin. These are known as Italian, Mediterranean, African or Asian noses.

Femme avec un nez asiatique
Woman with an Asian nose

When the term“ethnic nose” is used, it refers specifically to Asian people or those with black skin. Their noses often have the following characteristics:

  • Thick skin
  • Wide nostrils;
  • Shorter bones;
  • Less developed cartilage.

What are the defects most often highlighted by patients?

Whatever their origin, the specific anatomical features of each nose can lead patients to express very different needs. There are, however, a number of trends that recur regularly in the context of ethnic rhinoplasty.

The most common requests are

  • Reducing the width of the nose;
  • To have less flared nostrils;
  • Better definition of the nasal tip;
  • A less flattened nose.
Femme avec un nez africain
Women with an African nose

Generally speaking, the aim is to reduce the size of the nose from the front and increase it in profile.

Why have ethnic rhinoplasty?

To correct a defect while preserving the harmony of the face

Like all cosmetic surgery operations in Turkey, ethnic rhinoplasty enables patients to correct certain defects. But beware: there is no such thing as a perfect nose that can simply be reproduced.

If you insist on a standardised nose, you run the risk of obtaining an unnatural result. Whether ethnic or standard, rhinoplasty must be adapted to the patient’s anatomy to preserve the harmony of the face.

Une femme africaine montrant son nez
An African woman showing off her Afro nose

So you might ask: why not just go for traditional rhinoplasty?

Preserving multicultural beauty

Surgeons who carry out “traditional” rhinoplasty generally base their work on a Caucasian nose. They thus follow Western beauty standards, which are typically found on white European women.

However, these standards have now evolved, and beauty is increasingly recognised in its multicultural diversity.

Rhinoplastie asiatique VS rhinoplastie africaine
Asian rhinoplasty VS African rhinoplasty

Asian and dark-skinned patients are not looking for a Western-style nose job. They are looking to improve certain features of their nose, while retaining its overall ethnic appearance.

How can ethnic identity be preserved during the operation?

A woman or man may have expectations that deviate to a greater or lesser extent from the ‘standard’ of their origins. However, this is not necessarily a bad thing! The most important thing is that theaesthetic appearance of the nose is in line with the patient’s original racial features.

During the initial consultation, the plastic surgeon in Istanbul will therefore pay particular attention to the patient’s expectations, as excessive modifications could result in the loss of an ethnic identity.

What are the differences between ethnic and traditional rhinoplasty?

Traditional rhinoplasty, which is very popular in Europe, can be used for a variety of reasons:

  • Reducing the size of the nose;
  • Modifying the tip;
  • Correcting a deformed or crooked nose.
Photo avant et après d'une rhinoplastie ethnique sur femme asiatique
Before and after photo of an ethnic rhinoplasty on an Asian woman

Several methods are used to achieve this, such as removing bones or reshaping the tip.

In the case of ethnic rhinoplasty, we tend to find the following requests:

  • Reducing the size of the nasal base ;
  • Raise the dorsal hump (the top line);
  • Make the tip narrower.

The requests are therefore different from those for conventional rhinoplasty. But that’s not all: there are also differences in rhinoplasty techniques.

For standard rhinoplasty, for example, the bridge of the nose is often shortened. In contrast, ethnic rhinoplasty is often used to increase the size of the bridge using cartilage. A cartilage stabilising graft is often used to strengthen the relatively thin cartilage of ethnic noses.

Photo avant et après d'une rhinoplastique ethnique sur femme de type afro
Before and after photo of an ethnic rhinoplasty on an Afro woman

Asian and African-American patients also have thicker skin around the nose. Post-operative bleeding is therefore more frequent, which is why a closed rhinoplasty is generally performed: the scars are then hidden inside the nose.

Ethnic rhinoplasty: Call on an experienced practitioner!

If you are considering having ethnic rhinoplasty in Turkey, it is important to choose your surgeon carefully. In particular, you can ask him or her a number of questions during the preparatory consultation:

  • How do his operating techniques differ from traditional rhinoplasty?
  • Has he or she already performed an operation on a person of your ethnic origin?
  • What graft material will he use if necessary?
  • What are the possible complications and risks?
Une femme asiatique face à une femme africaine
Asian nose vs. African nose

All these questions will enable you to check that your Turkish surgeon is experienced in the field of ethnic rhinoplasty. You can be sure that he or she will use specific techniques to take into account the specific morphological features of your nose. Note that all people with HIV are accepted.

How much does an ethnic rhinoplasty cost?

Have you decided to have a nose job in Istanbul? First of all, it’s important to find out the cost of such an operation.

Rhinoplasty is a complex and very demanding operation. As the nose is located at the level of the face, the slightest defect would immediately be clearly visible! That’s why this operation is particularly expensive.

Coordinatrice calcule le prix d'une rhinoplastie ethnique
Coordinatrice calculates the price of an ethnic rhinoplasty

Price of ethnic rhinoplasty

If you live in Europe, your first instinct is probably to turn to European clinics. However, this is not necessarily the cheapest option.

In Europe, the average cost of an ethnic rhinoplasty is around €5,000. Depending on the city and the practitioner, this can vary from €4,000 to over €9,000! You then need to add certain additional costs, such as the various consultations carried out before the operation and the price of the anaesthetist.

Price of ethnic rhinoplasty in Turkey

Many patients choose to travel to Turkey to reduce the cost of the operation. Several destinations are available: Istanbul, Antalya, Izmir, Bodrum, Ankara and Bursa.

Vue sur le Pont Galata à Istanbul
View of the Galata Bridge in Istanbul

Cosmetic surgeons practising in Istanbul are now considered to be among the best in the world. They have a great deal of experience in the field, and offer much lower prices than in Europe!

The complexity of ethnic rhinoplasty will have an impact on the overall cost. The average cost of an ethnic rhinoplasty in Istanbul, Turkey, is €2,300, with a minimum cost of €1,800 and a maximum cost of €2,600. Prices are up to 70% cheaper than in Europe.

Ethnic rhinoplasty: the different stages

Whether you go to a clinic in Istanbul or in Europe, the procedure for an ethnic rhinoplasty operation is much the same.

Before the operation

The consultation that precedes the cosmetic nose operation is a stage that should not be overlooked. It is during this session that your surgeon will plan the rest of the operation.

Coordinatrice avec une patiente
Co-ordinator with a patient

Don’t hesitate to explain how you feel about your nose:

  • What don’t you like about it?
  • Do you have a preferred profile?
  • How would you define your nose in relation to others?
  • etc.

Your surgeon will then take note of all your details and concerns. He will then carry out an endoscopic examination of your nose. Painless and very quick (1 to 2 minutes are enough), this examination will enable him to analyse your nose from a functional and aesthetic point of view.

Computer simulations

As in Europe, cosmetic surgeons in Turkey use a computer-assisted simulation programme to virtually transform your nose and give you an idea of what the final result will look like.

Of course, you should bear in mind that this is only a simulation: the actual result will not necessarily be identical to the digital image. It will nevertheless allow your surgeon to plan the surgical procedures required to get as close as possible to the result shown in the simulation.

Simulation avant et après une rhinoplastie ethnique
Simulation before and after ethnic rhinoplasty

Prepare yourself well for the operation

In general, there is a period of 15 days between the first consultation with the surgeon and the date of the operation. This period is vital if your operation is to be a success.

We therefore recommend that you

  • Refrain from smoking for 2 weeks before and after rhinoplasty
  • Do not take aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs or food supplements, to limit the risk of bleeding.
  • Do not eat or drink anything for 6 hours before the operation.

In addition, your surgeon will review your family history and allergies with you to check that there are no contraindications that could interfere with the operation.

Chirurgien plasticien
Plastic surgeon

The day before and the morning of the operation, you will be asked to disinfect your skin with an antiseptic solution.

The day of the operation

Ethnic rhinoplasty can be performed under local or general anaesthetic.

For a reshaping of the tip of the nose or a small bump, for example, a local anaesthetic is sufficient. On the other hand, if an operation is required on the bony part of the nose, you will automatically be placed under a general anaesthetic.

The duration of an ethnic rhinoplasty can vary from 30 minutes to 3 hours. Once again, it all depends on the changes that will be made to your nose.

Hall d'une clinique esthétique en Turquie
Aesthetic clinic lobby in Turkey

You may also be hospitalised overnight following the operation. If you are travelling to Turkey, plan to stay for at least 6 days, to allow time for a post-operative check-up with the surgeon on the 5th day to remove the dressings and splint.

Risks, complications and side-effects

There may be some rare risks associated with ethnic rhinoplasty:

  • Bruising and swelling;
  • Bleeding and infections;
  • Problems with the respiratory tract;
  • Perforation of the septum;
  • Poor healing;
  • Psychological problems.

That’s why you should trust us to help you choose your surgeon in Istanbul, and opt for a reputable and experienced practitioner.

Note that in the Islamic religion, ethnic rhinoplasty is not haram. It is accepted if the aim is to remove a defect affecting the body.

A wheelchair hire service is available to ensure a pleasant experience for people with reduced mobility.

Precautions to take after the operation

Rhinoplasty patients are generally monitored for at least a year after the operation. You should also be aware that the aesthetic result of the operation will not be visible straight away: it can take between 6 months and 2 years for everything to be in perfect order!

To achieve an impeccable result, it is therefore essential to follow a few rules in the days, weeks and months following the operation.

Photo avant après d'une rhinoplastie Ethnique en Turquie
Before and after photo of an ethnic rhinoplasty in Turkey

Cleansing the nose after ethnic rhinoplasty

A nasal enema is essential for proper healing. It will allow you to evacuate blood and crusts from the nasal walls, while helping the mucous membrane to regenerate more quickly. You should use a physiological saline solution for cleansing.

A few tips to limit swelling of the nose

After an ethnic rhinoplasty, it is perfectly normal for your nose to be swollen: this is a simple healing reaction of the tissues. This phenomenon is particularly marked on ethnic noses because of the thicker skin.

  • Apply cold compresses under the eyes for 24 hours after the operation to limit swelling.
  • Sleep with your head raised above your torso to avoid fluid stagnating in your nose.
  • Avoid salty foods, which encourage water retention. Instead, eat a diet rich in proteins and vitamins.

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FAQ – Frequently asked questions

How long does an ethnic rhinoplasty in Turkey last?

Ethnic rhinoplasty in Turkey is a permanent way of correcting nose defects. After about fifteen years, however, it may be necessary to make a few adjustments, as the nose changes slightly with age (like the rest of the body).

Ethnic rhinoplasty is a completely painless surgical operation. Following the operation, you may simply experience a sensation of a blocked nose, which will disappear spontaneously after a few days. There is no pain from bruising or oedema.

The success rate for ethnic rhinoplasty in Turkey is 98%. A very reassuring figure, which testifies to the quality of the care provided. This is one of the reasons why patients from all over the world travel to Turkey for this operation.

Following an ethnic rhinoplasty, it is recommended not to take part in any sporting activity for at least 4 to 6 weeks. High-risk” sports (particularly team sports and combat sports) should be avoided for at least 2 months.

Ethnic rhinoplasty is generally performed using a closed approach, in which case the scars are hidden inside the nose. Sometimes, however, it is necessary to make an incision at the tip of the nose or at the base of the nostrils: the scars are then visible, although rather discreet.

The minimum stay in Turkey for an ethnic rhinoplasty is 6 to 7 days. Depending on the course of the operation, an overnight stay in hospital may be necessary. In general, the surgeon carries out a check-up on the 5th day to ensure that everything is in order.

About the author


My name is Melissa and I have been working as a medical and scientific writer since 2014. I have extensive experience in writing regulatory and medico-marketing documents covering a wide range of therapeutic areas.