What is Gore-tex and when is it used?
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Gore-Tex Is A Man-made Material Used To RaiseThe Bridge Of The Nose.
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Gore-tex in rhinoplasty surgery
Gore-tex as a Facial Implant Material
Gore-tex is a well known facial implant material that has been used from anything from facial bone augmentation to a subcutaneous implant for lips, nasolabial folds and in dorsal augmentation in rhinoplasty. It is flexible and easily compressible and is modified form of microporous plastic. It has a fairly good track record of facial implant use provided it is properly used with good soft tissue cover.
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Originally used in rainwear, shoes, and tents, Gore-tex fabric's porous nature and inertness in human tissue make it useful in medical applications where tissue ingrowth and vascularity occur. It has been made into artificial blood vessels, tissue patches, sutures, heart valves, and other applications.
In plastic surgery, Gore-Tex is used as onlay grafts in rhinoplasty, tissue patches for chest wall reconstruction after cancer removal, abdominal wall reinforcement or hernia repair, and in sutures where strength, flexibility, and tissue incorporation are desirable charactersitics. I use Gore-Tex in facelifts, certain kinds of breast lifts, and as tissue replacement/reinforcement.
The uses of Gore-Tex are limited only by the need and application-specific requirements, as well as the experience of the plastic surgeon in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. It does not break down, is extremely durable, and although it can become infected, the very tissue ingrowth and vascularity that the product allows also serves as a way of protecting the material from bacterial infection.
Gore-Tex has a long and safe medical use history. If your surgeon has suggested its use and you have more questions, please speak to your surgeon. You need not be afraid of its use at all. Choose your surgeon wisely and listen to his/her recommendations and discussion, not only about the surgical procedure and usage anticipated, but also about the pros and cons of any material planned for use in your surgery. Best wishes! Dr. Tholen