Should I Go for L Shape Silicone Rhinoplasty?

Im Asian and my doc advised me to use L shape siliconefor my rhinoplasty,should I go for it?or is it outdated to use L shape silicone for rhinoplasty now?i just wanted a higher bridge and more defined tip

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Risks associated with L-shaped silicone implant during Asian rhinoplasty

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Using silicone implants, and especially L-shaped implants, is not a great choice for Asian rhinoplasty because of the high rate of complications associated with them.  For the safest, longest lasting result, I recommend using grafts constructed from your own tissue.  

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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L-shaped silicone implants are rarely used today.

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L-shaped silicone implants were very commonly used many years ago but are rarely used now because of risk of infection, extrusion and tip deformity. There are many excellent alternative choices for the tip surgery including your own cartilages and thus there is no need to use L-shaped implants.


Autologous grafts best option for Asian rhinoplasty

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The L shape silicone graft carries unnecessary risk with it (migration, extrusion, infection).  While it will provide excellent aesthetics in the short term it does not become incorporated into the nose and it is not a permanent option due to the risk of extrusion (thinning skin and becoming exposed).  Autologous grafts (tissue from your own body) is a safer, permanent option.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Recomended mateirals for asian rhinoplasty.

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I prefer to use the patients own cartillage either from their septum or ear.In the long run I feel its safer and gives an excellent esthetic results. Many implant materials and shapes are used throughout the world with much success so discuss your options with your surgeon to be re-assured. The attached video explains how septal cartilage grafts can be used.

Thomas Buonassisi, MD
Vancouver Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 110 reviews

L shaped implant is outdated

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This is strictly my opinion, as each surgeon has an opinion about synthetic implants.

For me, I switched to using only the patient's own tissues for reshaping the nose and have had a great improvement in the results. Synthetic implants can create problems at any point in time, even years into the future. L shaped implants in particular can cause undue stress at the nasal tip and should be avoided in my opinion.

Cartilage is best for Asian rhinoplasty in my opinion.

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Cartilage is best for Asian rhinoplasty in my opinion. In 35 years I have not had any infection using cartilage but have seen many silicone implants come thru the skin or get infected.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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L-Shaped Silicone Implant

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I would stay away from L-shaped silicone implants. They have a tendency of extruding through the tip. The best silicone implant is a custom carved silicone implant that does not extend into the tip. See link below for further explanantion.




Asian Rhinoplasty

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Building up a higher bridge and a more defined tip is a very common request from Asian patients.  My preference is always to achieve a natural looking nose that fits the rest of your face.  I find that the silicone implants look quite unnatural.  I've also seen many unhappy patients who want revision surgery after having implants placed from another surgeon or in Asia because of the appearance or from a complication (infection, extrusion, migration of the implant).  I prefer to use cartilage from your own body to build the bridge along with narrowing the tip at the same time. Please consult with a board certified specialist in Asian Rhinoplasty who can assist you in achieving the results you seek.

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Asian Rhinoplasty with L shaped implant or natural cartilage - Go natural!

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L shape silicone implants have been traditionally used for augmentation rhinoplasty in Asians with variable success rates due to variables such as surgeon's experience, patient's skin, amount of augmentation, etc.  More contemporary rhinoplasty technique which I use in my practice with more predictable results in Asian patients is to use a silastic implant to augment the bridge of the nose and use natural cartilage and to shape the nose tip.  This technique minimizes complications with L shaped implants such as implant extrusion.

C. Carson Huynh, MD, DMD
Atlanta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon

Nasal Augmentation Options: Silicone/Synthetic vs Cartilage

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Silicone nasal implants can be helpful to augment the nose, but this is not the only method to accomplish augmentation. Silicone (and other synthetic materials) can have an increased risk of infection and extrusion compared to using cartilage. The cartilage can come from your rib, ear, or septum or can even come from a package (radiated cadaver cartilage). Each technique has advantages and disadvantages. You should discuss this further during your rhinoplasty consultation.

These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.