Thuan Nguyen, MD

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Listed in Orange Co

  • 11190 Warner Avenue Suite 400, Fountain Valley, CA 92708
  • (714) 444-2655

American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2001

Thomas T. Nguyen, M.D, the medical director of The Institute of Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery, is a highly respected, board-certified plastic surgeon with over 15 years of experience. He has contributed his knowledge to multiple publications. Dr. Nguyen is a former Assistant Professor of Surgery at USC Medical School. He is caring, compassionate, and dedicated to providing his patients with the best care possible, and beautiful, natural looking results.


Asian Nose


Rhinoplasty, often called a “nose job,” is one of the most requested cosmetic surgeries among all ethnic groups. The nose is one of the most predominant features of the human face. It can have a surprisingly significant impact on your overall facial appearance. Ideally, the size, shape, and proportions of a person’s nose should be in harmony with his or her face.

Asian nose surgery differs from western nose surgery in many ways. First, the common problems, and therefore the surgical techniques, are different. Generally, a disproportionate Caucasian nose is too large; it may project too far and have a predominant bridge, often featuring a lump. The Asian nose is nearly opposite in many ways. If disproportionate, it tends to be small, and it may appear too flat or button-shaped. In most cases, a Caucasian nose requires reduction, whereas an Asian nose requires augmentation. Because the procedures are very different, it is important to choose a surgeon with experience treating Asian features.

The other, and most important, difference between the procedures is the expected result. Dr. Nguyen is keenly aware of the importance of maintaining ethnic identity, and he is skilled and experienced in accomplishing that goal. Most patients wish to preserve, enhance, and beautify their natural ethnic and hereditary features. With the proper technique, and Asian nose can be augmented and shaped without looking like a Caucasian nose. Similarly, a Caucasian nose can be reduced and shaped without looking like an Asian nose. The doctor understands that you don’t want to look like someone else; you just want to bring out the full potential of your natural beauty.

The procedure

Nose surgery is performed under general anesthesia. In keeping with our dedication to patient safety, we work with a skilled, board-certified anesthesiologist. The surgery usually takes several hours. In most cases, the procedure utilizes incisions on the inside of the nostrils, so the surgical scars are not visible. Often, grafting is needed to enhance and lengthen the bridge of the nose. This may be accomplished using a cartilage or bone sample taken from the patient’s own body, or a synthetic implant. The tip of the nose is often sculpted during surgery, to add definition and projection. This step can improve the appearance of a flat or bulbous nose, as well as make the nostrils less predominant. Occasionally, nostril narrowing is necessary. When the surgery is complete, you will need to stay in the recovery area until you become alert, which takes about an hour.


Patients are very happy with their attractive new nose shapes. Many are surprised to discover that correcting the nose can improve the aesthetics and harmony of the entire face, enhancing the appearance of other features. The results of nose surgery


Asian Eyelid Surgery


The eyes are arguably the most noticeable and most important feature of the face. One of the most popular aesthetic enhancements is eyelid revision. It is crucial to choose a skilled, experienced surgeon and convey your goals clearly. The procedure is delicate and detailed, and a small change can have a significant impact on the outcome. Additionally, the anatomy of Asian eyes is very different from that of Caucasian eyes, and surgical revising is very different. Dr. Nguyen has extensive experience treating Asian patients, and attention to detail and commitment to excellence yields beautifully natural looking results.

The most commonly requested Asian eyelid revision is the creation or reinforcement of a crease in the upper eyelid. This crease is naturally present in most westerners, and about half of the Asian population. It divides the eyelid in two separate segments, which many people think is more attractive than a “single eyelid.” Many women desire this feature, because it provides more options in cosmetic application.

This can be accomplished with a procedure known as double eyelid surgery, or Asian blepharoplasty. It is important that your surgeon understand Asian eyes, and take care not to compromise the natural shape and ethnic appearance of the eyelids. Double eyelids do occur naturally in many Asians, and the goal of surgery is to create a fold that looks natural. It is not necessary or desirable to make patients look “less Asian.”

Eyelid revision may also be performed to correct asymmetry. This can be caused by weak muscles in one eyelid causing it to droop, fat deposits in one eyelid causing it to bulge, or simply a natural imbalance. Some individuals experience sudden changes in their eyelids. A single lid may develop a crease, or a double lid may lose definition of the crease, creating asymmetry when it was not previously present.

Another common concern of Asian patients is excess skin at the inner corners of the eye. This can contribute to a fatigued appearance, and make it appear as if your eyes are only partially opened. This can be corrected with a procedure called epicanthoplasty, which gives eyes a wider, more alert appearance.


There are several techniques of Asian blepharoplasty, depending on the situation and your desired result. The non-incision method uses permanent sutures to pinch the upper eyelid together, creating a natural-looking fold. The incision or partial incision techniques involve cutting along the fold. The surgical scar is therefore hidden in the fold, and it can actually help strengthen the fold. If the incision method is used, excess fat can also be removed.

Epicanthoplasty is accomplished by creating a small incision near the inner corner of the eye. A wedge of skin is removed, along with excess fat or other tissue if necessary. The eyelid is carefully contoured, and the incision is well hidden once healed.


You can look forward to more attractive, symmetrical, rested, and alert appearance. Because Dr. Nguyen is highly skilled and delivers natural results, most people will never guess that you’ve had cosmetic surgery. Instead, they will assume that you were naturally blessed with beautiful Asian eyes.

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