The differences of the Asian nose are evident; a smaller amount of bone and cartilage means that the nasal profile is much lower and flatter.

As the nose is already deficient in cartilage, surgeons take these from other areas of the body, with the most common sources being the ears or the ribcage. An alternative is to use alloplastic materials made from inert substances like silicone or polytetraflourene (Teflon).

In the February 2018 edition of JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery, Chinese plastic surgeons published a study on the use of Teflon implants and the value of adding cartilage grafts.