Should I get a nose implant to raise the height of the bridge? (photo)
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Implant for nose augmentation
With thick skin at the tip of the nose and proper design of the implant plus cartilage cushioning at the tip of the implant, the chance of complication from silicone implant is extremely low.
An alternative to the silicone implant is the use of septal and ear cartilage. Rib cartilage may also be an option.
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Dorsal augmentation with rhinoplasty
Thank you for your question. In my practice, I do not recommend any synthetic materials to be used in the nose. To elevate the height of the bridge and to increase the definition in this area, I would recommend using your own cartilage. The best options involve taking a small amount of cartilage from your septum (inside your nose), or to use some cartilage from your ear or rib region. This provides natural building material from your own body which is much less likely to get infected or be rejected. The amount of recovery time is definitely longer with a full rhinoplasty rather than with an alarplasty alone, but it may be worth your while to address during your procedure.
Should I get a nose implant to raise the height of the bridge?
Find a board certified plastic surgeon who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.
Kenneth Hughes, MD
Los Angeles, CA