Can Failing Silicone Implant Be Removed and Tip of Nose Balanced Out?

I had revision rhinoplasty 13 years ago where a silicone implant was used to build up my bridge. The implant has now extruded into my right nostril and I am also being treated for infection. I was told by the surgeon that he used thinnest implant approx.1-1.5 mill. If so, is it possible to remove implant and balance out tip. I still have a bulbous tip with polly beak. Why wasn't this done before if implant is SO thin? I had two closed procedures would open help with tip? Thank you.

Doctor Answers (5)

Nasal tip can be balanced 6 months after infected implant is removed

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If the implant has extruded into the nostril and is infected it must be removed.  No other procedure should be done to the nose during an infection.  The implant can be removed in the office. Reconstruction can be performed 6 months to a year down the road once all the infection is cleared and swelling has subsided.  An open or closed procedure would not matter when the appropriate time comes to reconstruct the tip.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Extruding Silicone nasal IMplant

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When a nasal silicone implant breaks through either the skin or the nasal lining it must be removed. Having a prolonged infection is potentially dangerous and can destroy nasal tissues. It should be removed as soon as possible, and the infection treated with antibiotics and topical ointments. After the area is clean, reconstruction with a cartilage graft is the best option. With one failed synthetic implant, the risk of using another is too high.

Ira D. Papel, MD
Baltimore Facial Plastic Surgeon
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If you have infection of the nasal bridge implant then the implant needs to be removed first, then treat the infection very aggressively. Let it heal completely. Six months later you can have revision rhinoplasty.

Samir Shureih, MD
Baltimore Plastic Surgeon
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Revision Rhinoplasty

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This is one of the prime reasons why I don't like using implants for the nose.   You would need the infection to be cleared up before any further surgery.  From what you describe, an open approach would be the best approach to address the issues you describe.  The most important factor is finding a surgeon who is skilled at reconstructing your nose.  Please consult with a board certified specialist who can assist you in achieving the results you seek.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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