What Kind of Cartilage Implants Give the Best Results for Asian Noses?

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The best cartilage option varies depending on the patient.

Cartilages from your nose, ear and rib can be used for Asian rhinoplasty and they all have advantages and drawbacks. Instead of trying to find out what is the best type of cartilage for Asian rhinoplasty in general, you should try to find out the best material option for yourself. This depends on your expectation, nose anatomy, and your surgeon's preference and skill. You want to find a surgeon who is experienced and skilled in performing all treatment options.

New York Plastic Surgeon
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A number of cartilage grafts work well in Asian rhinoplasty.

Cartilage grafts have the advantage over silicone implants in that they have a lower risk of extrusion, lower risk of infection, and are better incorporated because they come from your own body.  There are a variety of cartilage grafts that work well, and depend on the specific area being addressed (i.e. dorsum, tip, columella).  In addition, the sources of cartilage also have specific advantages/disadvantages.  Sorry the answer is vague, but it's because the answer of what is best depends on the specific patient, and that patient's goals.  

Donald B. Yoo, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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What Kind of Cartilage Implants Give the Best Results for Asian Noses?

I am yet to see a good cartilage implant in Asian noses. Silastic implants have been used for years and if placed in the right place, will stay there for a long time.

Mohsen Tavoussi, MD, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Most popular in Asian patients are silicone implants

It is very important to meet with the surgeon and discuss your expectations. Many Asian patients looking for the correction (augmentation) of the nose shape proceed at first with a non-surgical rhinoplasty. Instead of traditional nose job, we can inject filler, such as Radiesse. It is an immediate, instant satisfaction type of a procedure. This can cover up a nasal hump, irregular shape or low dorsal bridge. Although not permanent, it can last over a year. Most patients happy with that kind of results decide to go on with surgical augmentation  rhinoplasty. There are some options depending on the individual needs. Septal or ear cartilage can be used, in more complicated cases rib cartilage is necessary  or silicone implant is also commonly used in that type of the surgeries. In Asian population silicone implants are very popular , easy and acceptable choice

Gregory Turowski, MD, PhD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Cartilage grafts for dorsum

Usually either septal cartilage or rib cartilage is used to build up the dorsum. In most cases for large dorsal onlays, rib cartilage works best..

Steven Wallach, MD
New York Plastic Surgeon
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What Kind of Cartilage Implants Give the Best Results for Asian Noses?

 Straight silastic dorsal implants, not cartilage or bone, work best for building up the nasal bridge with the greatest degree of reliability IMHO.  Foir the nasal tip, conchal cartilage from the ear is the best.  Be sure that your Rhinoplasty Surgeon understands and follows the proper aesthetics of facial beauty.  

Francis R. Palmer, III, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Asian Rhinoplasty


It all depends on how much augmentation is needed. If just a little is needed then septal cartilage is adequate. However, if you need more then rib cartilage is probably necessary. Personally, I use custom carved silicone implants for all dorsal augmentation.



Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD, FACS
New York Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Best Cartilage for Asian Rhinoplasty

There is no evidence that one type of cartilage is better for an Asian rhinoplasty than another. It depends on what the surgeon is trying to accomplish and the quality and quantity of a patient's own cartilage.

Karol A. Gutowski, MD, FACS
Chicago Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal or ear cartilage is the simplest sources of cartilage in rhinoplasty.

Nasal or ear cartilage is the simplest sources of cartilage in rhinoplasty. Rib is more painfull and in 35 years of rhinoplasty I have never had to go to the rib for cartilage.

Toby Mayer, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Cartilage implants in Asian rhinoplasty

Cartilage can be harvested from the nasal septum, the ear and from the rib. Each type has its benefits and risks, as well as specific use. What is best depends on the patient's anatomical needs.

Suzanne Kim Doud Galli, MD, PhD, FACS
Washington Facial Plastic Surgeon
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