Everything You Need to Know About Nasal Implants
Nasal implants are used to build up and support the structure of your nose. They may be used in rhinoplasty surgeries to correct cosmetic problems and to repair structural damage caused by nasal collapse or accidental trauma. Furthermore, nasal implants are created from a variety of materials and are customized by the facial plastic surgeon to be the exact size and shape required for the patient’s nose.
Dr. Rizk is a double board-certified New York facial plastic surgeon and the director of Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgery. He discusses each individual case with his patients to help them understand the personal risk-benefit ratio to their unique situation.
When are Nasal Implants Used?
Nasal implants are frequently required to augment the dorsum, which is the ridge that runs from the eyebrows to the nasal tip. This is especially true in cases of trauma or during a revision rhinoplasty where too much cartilage was previously removed.
Moreover, nasal implants can also be used to increase the nasolabial angle or to lift a drooping nasal tip. Patients who suffer from weak nasal valves, which can cause breathing problems, may also receive a nasal implant to strengthen this area effectively.
The Materials Used to Create Nasal Implants
In some cases, a plastic surgeon may use material from the patient’s own body to augment the nose during rhinoplasty. These materials include cartilage, bone, and other soft tissue. Ideally, cartilage from the patient’s own nose will be used. However, some patients do not have cartilage strong enough to support the revisions that are required.
Synthetic nasal implants are used in cases where patients do not have adequate cartilage in their nose or ears for a rhinoplasty. Synthetic materials that are commonly used in nasal implants include silicone, Gore-Tex, and Medpor. Dr. Rizk prefers custom-sculpted Medpor implants and he uses these whenever possible. This material can be perfectly molded to fit the nose and provide the skin with an even, smooth texture and appearance.
Risks Associated with the Use of Nasal Implants
There are some risks associated with the use of nasal implants. The primary risk is that the body will reject the implant. There is also a small chance of infection or movement.
If you are interested in combining a nasal implant with other procedures, such as a neck lift or ear surgery, you need to discuss the potential risks with your doctor. While working with his patients in the New York and New Jersey areas, Dr. Rizk takes great care to minimize the chance of complications. During your initial consultation, he will determine if you are a good candidate for nasal implants and design a plan that keeps risks at a minimum.
The best candidates for nasal implants are healthy individuals who are not diabetic and do not smoke. These patients are the least likely to suffer from an infection following a nasal implant.
Smokers, in particular, are much more likely to suffer from an infection, which could require removal of the nasal implant. Patients with thicker skin typically have a better cosmetic outcome than those with thinner skin, as the implant is less likely to be seen through the skin.
Before deciding to use a nasal implant, Dr. Rizk will take great care to ensure that your results meet your aesthetic goals. During your initial consultation at his NYC office, he will review your nasal anatomy and medical history to determine the best way to augment and support your nose. To learn more, please contact his practice, which is conveniently located in Central Manhattan.
Will My Voice Change After Nose Surgery?
Many patients ask if nose surgery or rhinoplasty procedures will change their speaking or singing voice.
Each rhinoplasty is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. However, in general, nose surgery can affect the way your voice sounds.
Sometimes this can be a good thing. Many people sound nasal before surgery – as if they are underwater. However, a rhinoplasty that opens breathing airways can change and often improve a patient’s voice in these cases.
If you are a singer or an actor and your voice is part of your livelihood, any change in the way you sound can have an effect on your performance. If a change in the way your voice sounds is something that you are especially concerned about, ask your facial plastic surgeon about the risk during your initial consultation.
Patients who consult Dr. Rizk are always given detailed information pertaining to their surgical outcomes, including the healing and recovery process. He evaluates your nasal and facial anatomy during the first consultation to let you know, based on his experience, the odds of the procedure affecting your voice.
Choosing a Reliable Facial Plastic Surgeon in New York
It is critical that you see a facial plastic surgeon that has extensive experience in performing rhinoplasty. This is the best and the only way to maximize your satisfaction with the results of your surgery and minimize the risks, including those related to your voice as well as general appearance.
Dr. Rizk conducts a thorough consultation with every patient to determine the odds of success for each nasal implant. One of his main goals is to set the right expectations and keep you informed so that you can make the best decision. To find out more, contact his practice and book a consultation today.
Written by Dr. Sam Rizk
Last Modified On: 11/29/2019