Is a silicone Implant for Rhinoplasty necessary?
You may use cartilage grafting or implant for these purposes.
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Silicone Implant for Nasal Bridge
I prefer to use the patient's own cartilage to augment the bridge to avoid possible problems such as infection, movement, or extrusion associated with silicone implants. Cartilage is usually harvested from the nasal septum or the ears.
There are a number of both synthetic as well as natural (from your own cartilage) implants that can be used in the nose
Implants to augment the dorsum or bridge of the nose can be made from synthetic materials such as silicone or Gortex. I prefer natural implants from your own body. We can raise the bridge of your nose with implants made of cartilage from your nasal septum, ear or rib. The source depends on how much cartilage is necessary. Newer techniques using diced cartilage and human tissue glue allows us to fabricate custom implants from your own cartilage. These new techniques have led me to significantly reduce my use of synthetic implants.
The nasal implants like Gortex and Silicone can be used safely in most cases. However the risk of failure is higher than using your own cartilage. The best solution would be to use your own cartilage from the ears, nasal septum and lastly the rib.
This answer is not intended to give a medical opinion and does not substitute
for medical advice. The information presented in this posting is for patients’
education only. As always, I encourage you to see your personal physician for
further evaluation of your individual case.
Is a silicone implant for rhinoplasty necessary?
It would be helpful to have photographs. Silicone implants come in different shapes and sizes. They are used often to augment the dorsum. Other options are cartilage grafts which can be harvested from the septum, the ear or a rib. Silicone implants can be safe if selected and placed properly.