Asian female Had rhino + alarplasty last week. Before, I had a high nose bridge between my eyes, low one following down till my tip. So Dr. added a L shape silicon beginning from half my nose down to the tip. Today I found out not only is the silicon too high up (my real bridge gotten too high), I hate it. When can I remove it (pls don't say wait because I'm 100% sure I want it gone)? Any consequences/side effect if I remove it this early? will I look alike from my pre-op? Is no revision ok?
Nose Silicon Removal Possible?
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Removal of silicone implant after rhinoplasty
Nose Silicone Implant Removal Possible?
The implant can be removed at this point. The skin envelope should contract after removal. Kenneth Hughes, MD Los Angeles, CA
Asian rhinoplasty and silicone implant
It is possible to remove the implant at any time but you will go back to your original preoperative look. However, it may be too soon to tell if the implant is in good position or not. That being said, I would recommend you first discuss your concerns with your treating surgeon and wait for a while. If you want to consider revision surgery, I would wait at least one year as you may at least like the rest of the correction. If you remove it too soon, scar contracture can make later treatment difficult.
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