Silicone Implant to Get Sharp Tip in Asian Rhinoplasty?

I was wondering if the only real method to achieve a super sharp tip in Asian noses is with the use of a big silicone implant since septal/ear cartilage is insufficient/weak. A respected rhinoplasty surgeon said so, but he doesn't do this. So I figured I'd ask doctors who have more experience with producing sharp tips in Asians. In the photo,note the features,specifically the sharp/projected tip and the supratip break. What kind of cartilage/implant/strut is needed to achieve that profile? The subnasale advancement is separate and would be done prior to having the rhinoplasty. Please chime in with feedback,thanks!

Doctor Answers 22

Tip refinement in Asian rhinoplasty

Part of the reason that silicone implants can create a "super sharp" tip is that they exert a tremendous amount of pressure on the skin, and ultimately thin skin.  A great deal of refinement can be achieved with a septal extension graft and shield graft, but the level of "sharpness" will be limited by the thickness of your skin.  

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Silastic Implants

Silastic implants work very well to augment the nasal bridge and tip if they are custom carved. DO NOT get a preformed "one size fits all implant". Along with the silastic implant you should have a 1) srtut graft 2) shield graft and if needed 3) tip defatting. All these maneuvers will enhance your chances for a defined tip. Be careful with only using a silastic implant, if not placed properly they can necrose through the skin.

Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone Implant to Get Sharp Tip in Asian Rhinoplasty?

I recommend using your own cartilage as best.  Furthermore with the tip you describe and show on the picture, the silicone may be more problematic for you and cause the skin to die over the tip.

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Garrett A. Wirth, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal Implant

Given the option to use your own tissue, this is a safer route. That said, more consistent and reproducible changes to the dorsal contour and projection can be achieved with an implant. There is always a risk of infection and extrusion, so this must be weighed carefully.

Evan Ransom, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Silicone Implants

The size of the Silicone implant need not necessarily be big to have the sharp tip effect. These factors need to be considered:
1. Thickness of the skin/subcutaneous layers over the nose tip area
      - Thicker skin needs more push while a thinner skin will show the shape of an implant placed below it.
2. How the surgeon carves and places/inserts the implant
      - Making a big or long implant can result to implant extrusion.
      - An implant with adequate length but with the right shape and angle (with the strut) will equally produce a sharper tip. 
Good luck with your choice..

Al Farabi L. Jaafar, MD
Manila Plastic Surgeon

Very refined tip in Asian Rhinoplasty

Thanks for the question,

The reality is that it depends.  As an Asian Facial Plastics specialist I would say that it's still best to avoid full-sized "L-shaped" implants when possible.  in some cases implants of this type are a good choice. Most Asian patients have relatively thick skin with a sometimes soft consistency which makes sharp definition of the tip with cartilage grafting or implants difficult. In general you can augment the nasal dorsal and do very aggressive and sharp cartilage work on the nasal tip to give the Asian nasal tip a very refined look in Asian rhinoplasty. There really are few shortcuts and Asian rhinoplasty.

I'll attach a little information regarding this procedure.

Chase Lay, MD
double board certified facial plastic surgeon

Asian facial plastics specialist

Chase Lay, MD
Bay Area Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 65 reviews

Don't recommend silicone at the tip

Thank you for your question. You do bring up some important points when discussing the tip of an Asian nose. The typical Asian nasal tip has thicker skin and weaker underlying cartilages.  So to improve tip definition I typically recommend building out on the tip only with cartilage.  Septal cartilage grafts and rib cartilage grafts can have the "rigidity" required to improve tip definition.  I do not recommend silicone at the tip because of potential extrusion and infection.

Edward S. Kwak, MD
Manhattan Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Nasal Implants - Asian Rhinoplasty

Thousands of rhinoplasties are performed in the East on Asian patients by inserting a piece of silicone molding to augment the nasal bridge and define, project and elevate the nasal tip. Those typically do very well, but the implant can cause some problems with infection and extrusion.
Another option is using ear or septal cartilage, or even rib cartilage.

Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 60 reviews

Do not use silicone in the tip of the nose

To get a sharp tip, foreign materials at the tip are not safe. The likelihood of damage to the skin and underlying cartilage is high - probably the rule rather than the exception.

In order to get a sharp tip using cartilage, there is enough tissue in the ear and septum to build the tip by reinforcing the cartilage securely to prevent bending and softening of the tip.

Charles S. Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 74 reviews

Nasal implants for Asian rhinoplasty

We do not prefer a sharp tip for Asian noses since anything that will create a sharp tip is likely to put excess pressure on the skin causing necrosis and break down the overlying skin. The most common nasal implant we use for Asian rhinoplasty is the Flowers nasal dorsal implant, not the L-strut. There have been numerous complications from L-struts over the years and we have taken many of these out. We prefer a very natural and balanced Asian rhinoplasty that does not look like it has been operated upon, so we avoid any sharp angles and tips. There is an alternative to the silastic implant, we can use the patient’s own cartilage, which works quite well.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 111 reviews

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