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Nasal Implants FAQs

What are nasal implants?

Nasal implants are used to build up and/or support the nasal structure. They may be used in nose surgeries to correct cosmetic problems or to repair structural damage caused by nasal collapse or accidental trauma. Nasal implants are created from a variety of materials and are custom shaped by the plastic surgeon to be the exact size and shape required for the patient’s nose.

When are nasal implants used?

Nasal implants are frequently required to augment the dorsum (the ridge that runs from the eyebrows to the nasal tip), especially in cases of trauma or to correct a previous rhinoplasty where too much cartilage was removed. They can also be used increase the nasolabial angle or lift a drooping nasal tip. Patients who suffer from weak nasal valves, which can cause breathing problems, may receive a nasal implant to strengthen this area.

What materials are 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 tissues. 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 use in rhinoplasty. Synthetic materials that are commonly used in nasal implants include silicone, Gore-Tex, and Medpor. Our doctor prefers custom-sculpted Medpor implants and uses these when possible. This material can be perfectly sculpted to fit the nose and provide the skin with an even, smooth texture and appearance.

Are there any 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 nasal implant. Other risks include infection and movement of the nasal implant. While working with his patients in the New York and New Jersey areas, our doctor takes great care to minimize the chance of complications. During your initial consultation, he will determine if you are a candidate for nasal implants.

Who is an ideal candidate for a nasal implant?

The best candidates for nasal implants are healthy individuals who are not diabetic and do not smoke cigarettes. 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, our doctor will take great care to ensure that you will achieve a favorable outcome with a nasal implant. 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 our office – we are located conveniently near NJ in central Manhattan.

Written by Dr. Sam Rizk

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