Are you looking for the perfect nose shape for your face? Do you know that the shape of your nose is determined by your race or the ethnic group you belonged to? Yeah! The truth is that your nose shape characteristics can point you to where you are from.
In this article, we are going to talk about where a nose comes from and what type of nasal surgery would be suitable for you. So, if you’re curious to know about different nose shapes in different races, follow this clue.
Where does my nose come from?
Is the nose shape determined by race?
Race refers to the groupings of humans according to the common qualities they obtained as they live in a specific region. Different races or ethnic groups tend to demonstrate different specific physical characteristics.
Nose shape, which is one of the facial features, is regarded to vary among different races. It changes and evolves from one generation to the next over the time to adapt to a particular regional environment and climate. That’s why there exists a wide range of different nose shapes among different descents. For example, Europeans have noses with narrow bridges which are seen as an adaptation to the cold climate of where they live.
As explained in a research published in the Journal of PLOS Genetics, the observed differences in nose shapes among people are not a mere result of the genetic shift but are adaptations to a specific climate.
The research suggests that the width of a nose is related to temperature and absolute humidity. Therefore, some aspects of nose shape are indeed driven by adaptation to the local climate. However, this is a simplified explanation of a very complex history. So, we should note that other factors such as gender are, less or more, involved as well.
In summary, the shape of your nose is not only a matter of genetic alteration but also a response to the environment and accordingly a racial trait. Now, let’s have a closer look at different types of nose shapes determined by race.
Different Types of Nose Shapes in Different Races
As race borders are not clear-cut, we need to define some race categories to be able to describe different nasal shapes in different races.
Therefore, we will focus on five basic race categories which are classified according to their related regions. These include European, Asian, African, American and Mediterranean races. Although the categories do not include all the races, we apply this kind of classification to help you get through them easily.
1) European Race
Europeans have a nose with a narrow bridge. People from north Europe have wide-base noses and protruded tips, while natives to northwest Europe have pointing-up noses. In general, European people have slightly wider and longer noses compared to other ethnic groups in the world.
I’ve got this narrow nose shape from Finland!
2) Asian Race
Asian descent includes a large group of people from east to west Asia. The most typical individuals included in this class are from East Asia. Asians have noses with broad and rounded tips. Augmented nostrils and lack of protruded bridges are typical of Asian noses.
East Asians are marked by their slim noses. They have the smallest noses in terms of surface area. However; east and south Asians have a larger space between their nasal alare (wings of the nose).
Asian girl and maybe the smallest nose ever!
3) African or Black Race
Black people refer to the dark-skinned people who are considered to live in America and Africa (mostly Africa). This term is sometimes used to exclude non-Europeans.
Africans have the widest and most prominent nose compared to other ethnic groups. Their noses are featured with enlarged nostrils, wide and rounded tips and a lack of protruded nasal bridge.
West Africans have the widest noses (widest nostrils), while north Europeans tend to have the smallest wide noses. Moreover; the distance between the nasal alare are significantly larger in west Africans as compared to individuals with European ancestry.
African or American? that’s the question.
4) American Race
Americans who are mostly black are considered to be similar to Africans in terms of nose shapes. They have short but wide noses.
5) Mediterranean Race
The Mediterranean race includes people from southern Europe to central Asia. They tend to have noses with a hump in the region between the tip and forehead and a slightly drooping tip.
Among Mediterranean descent, Arabs’ nose shape has something to do with African ancestry. No matter what lies behind this, Arab noses are believed to be similar to African. A rounded fleshy tip is their common trait.
Does Nasal Surgery Depend on Your Nose Shape?
Located in the center and in front of your face, your nose is the most noticeable facial element. Accordingly, plotting your nose shape would help you find out what type of nasal surgery would fit you.
With the details of the nasal shape for any particular ethnic group, surgeons will be able to offer patients to reach the most desirable cosmetic results. Septoplasty and rhinoplasty are the two dominant nasal surgeries which can be done to give you a healthy aesthetic nose.
Septoplasty refers to the surgical correction of defects and deformities of the nasal septum (space existed between the nostrils), while rhinoplasty is the correction of nose shape including reshaping and resizing the nose. So, to enhance your nasal shape, rhinoplasty seems to do the trick for different types of nose shapes in different races.
Depending on your nose and the results you want to get out of your surgery, you may be recommended to go for natural, dolly, or semi-dolly nose surgery.
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