When you are dissatisfied with the shape of your natural nose, there are numerous factors that you should consider before you have a rhinoplasty. First off, it is important to have realistic expectations and goals. In addition, you should also choose a board certified plastic surgeon, properly prepare for the surgery, and follow aftercare instructions. These factors are critical for a successful outcome.
Do Your Research
It is important to research the procedure that you have in mind, which may include how the procedure will be carried out. Many individuals are surprised when they learn that a rhinoplasty is a relatively simple procedure.
If you are considering nasal implants for a better-looking nose, it can be helpful to research the different types of nasal implant materials to decide which one best suits your aesthetic goals. There are three types of materials that are used with nasal implants, which are Gore Tex, cartilage, and silicone.
Silicone Nasal Implants
Silicone is the most common material that is used during nasal implants and reconstructive rhinoplasty. This material is well-suited for those who want to heighten the nasal bridge and add definition to the tip of the nose. The synthetic material is specifically designed to fit over the skeletal bridge. The length and width of the implant will vary based on each patient’s aesthetic goals and the natural shape of their nose. However, the most common shapes are L-shaped or I-shaped silicone nasal implants. The implants typically come pre-formed, but a plastic surgeon can modify an implant if needed. This type of implant material is popular, as it is able to be easily inserted into the nasal canal. In addition, it is also easy to remove in the event a problem arises.
One disadvantage of silicone nasal implants are that they are comprised of hard materials, so the final results can look unnatural when compared to other nasal implant materials. Moreover, this material also puts additional pressure on the skin, which can cause skin to become thin and make the implant visible.
Silicone implants can also increase the risk of infection, cause the columella to destruct, and may lead to tissue encapsulation. As a result, these factors can cause the implant to shift, and if an infection is present, the implant may have to be removed to prevent scarring.
Gore-Tex Nasal Implants
Gore-Tex is another popular material that is used for nasal implants. It is a material that is usually found in outdoor clothing, such as camping and ski outfits. Not only is the material suitable for nasal implants, it can also be used to plump the chin and lips and fill out facial wrinkles.
Gore-Tex is pliable and porous, so it allows new tissue to grow and eventually bind with the structure of the nose. Gore-Tex implants are securely anchored to the structure of the nose, so these implants won’t shift out of position.
When compared to silicone nasal implants, Gore-Tex is thought to be a better option because it can be easily adjusted and contoured into the structure of the nose. In addition, the material also results in a more natural appearance because its flexibility makes it easy for a plastic surgeon to mold.
However, a disadvantage of Gore-Tex is that it is soft, which means it is prone to changing shape over time. As you age, the nasal structure and contour of the nose will subtly change. In addition, Gore-Tex integrates into nasal tissue, which can be hard to remove if problems, such an infection, arise.
Natural cartilage grafts can also be used over synthetic nasal implant materials. The ear, rib, or nasal septal are popular areas to take donor cartilage. Since cartilage is a natural material, it significantly decreases the risk of infection.
One drawback of a nasal cartilage graft is that it typically requires an additional surgical procedure. However, if the donor cartilage is taken from the nasal septal, a separate procedure isn’t required. When the donor cartilage is taken from the rib, it can result in scarring where the cartilage was harvested.
A synthetic material known as Medpor is sometimes used for nasal implants. The material is comparable to Gore-Tex, so it will naturally grow into nasal tissue. When minor nasal revisions are needed, a plastic surgeon may use a filler. However, when fillers are used to alter the shape of the nose, the results are temporary.
Consult a Skilled Plastic Surgeon
The material that is used on your nasal implant will depend on the preference of your plastic surgeon and your aesthetic goals. A successful nasal implant will depend on the expertise of the plastic surgeon who administers the procedure. Dr. Andrew Frankel, MD, FACS is a skilled plastic surgeon with years of experience in rhinoplasty procedures. His practice is at the Lasky Clinic, and he is one of the the top plastic surgeons in the Beverly Hills area. Contact the Lasky Clinic today for your nasal implant consultation.