Getting a rhinoplasty is not a decision that can be or should be rushed into.
Simply being dissatisfied with how your natural nose looks and immediately deciding to get it improved is not how going for a nose job is all about. There are a lot of things that you need to consider.
There is the realistic goals you will set, choosing the right doctor, preparing for the procedure and the recovery period. Also, there is a great deal of learning and research process that is involved.
Research Is Crucial
It is always important that you educate yourself what the procedure is all about, how the procedure will be done and the other factors that is entailed with getting a rhinoplasty. You might be surprised with the information that you uncover by doing your research about nose jobs. You will realize that it is not just a simple tweaking of the nose. That is why you must very well equip your mind with necessary information before seeking a consultation with your doctor, so that you will have a better understanding about the procedure. This will also allow you to inquire relevant and wise questions that will provide you a better picture what your doctor is talking about.
If you are one of those who have started their research, you might have come across on information about surgeons using different kinds of implants to create better-looking nose. Terms like silicone implants, Gore Tex and cartilage are three types of implants that are used by rhinoplasty surgeons. But, which ones best suit your goal?
Here is a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages of these rhinoplasty implants.
Silicone Nasal Implants
Silicone nasal implants is one of the most common materials used for reconstructive rhinoplasty. This is especially popular among Asians who seek to achieve height in the nasal bridge and add definition to the nasal tip. It uses a synthetic material, which is specially fit and inserted over the skeletal bridge. There are different shapes and sizes depending on the length and width of the patient’s nose. But, the most common shapes are the L-shape and I-shape. It usually comes pre-formed, but your surgeon can trim and sculpt the implant depending on the shape and size of the new nose you have discussed upon.
The L-shape is typically used to add height to the nose bridge and give definition to the nose tip. While, the I-shape, on the other hand, is used to enhance the nasal bridge only and has limited coverage to the nasal tip area. Silicone nasal implants are usually used as the popular material of choice because it can easily be inserted into the nose, as well as, easy to remove in case any problem arises.
However, one of the greatest disadvantages of this type of material is that because it is made of hard material, most results look unnatural, especially in the hands of inexperienced surgeons. Also, it exerts pressure on the skin, which ultimately thins it and with the implant becoming visible. This is especially the case if this type of material is used among Caucasians. However, this case is more tolerated and less likely to happen among Asians because they typically have thicker skin.
Other concerns with silicone nasal implants are that it can be prone to infection, destruction of the columella and tissue encapsulation, which can result to malposition of the implant. Once infection has developed and the implant is not immediately removed, it may also result to scars.
Another common material used to enhance the shape of the nose is Gore-Tex. It uses a material called expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (e-PTFE), which is commonly used in ski and camping outfits. Aside from rhinoplasty, the material is also used to fill facial lines, wrinkles, plump up the lips and chin and cheek augmentation.
The material is made out of pliable and porous material, which allows tissue in-growth to develop. This means that the new tissue growth after the surgery will bind with the material and eventually forms part of the nasal structure. This leaves out the possibility of malposition, as the implant is securely anchored and attached to the nasal structure.
In comparison to silicone nasal implants, it is much easier to work with because it can be easily fitted and contoured into the nose. Because of its flexibility, it is easier to mold and contour the material into the desired shape. It also results to a more natural and subtle look, as compared to the more structured look achieved with silicone implants. Also, it can withstand extreme temperatures. So, you do not have to worry about exposing your new nose to extreme cold or heat without damaging it. These are the very reasons why Dr. Andrew Kim prefers to use this material with most of his rhinoplasty patients. It is more natural-looking and does not look fake.
However, the very soft nature of Gore-Tex makes it prone to changes, as the nasal structure and contour gradually changes as you age. Also, since the material integrates into the tissues, it can be pretty difficult to remove in cases where problems or infections may arise. Because of this, it can result to tissue damage when performing revision rhinoplasty. That is why it is important that you seek out a rhinoplasty surgeon who has the expertise and a long history of performing successful nose jobs using Gore-Tex.
There are also rhinoplasty surgeons who prefer using natural cartilage grafts over synthetic nasal implants. Common cartilage grafts used are from the nasal septal, ear and rib. This lessens the risk of developing infection, since the “material” used comes from the patient. It requires harvesting cartilage from the donor site and surgically inserted into the nose to achieve the size, shape and contour of the desired new nose.
One of the setbacks of this procedure is that it may require a separate surgical procedure, with the exception of nasal septal cartilage. In the case of the rib cartilage, it can result to obvious scarring on the area where the cartilage is harvested. This process could increase the operative time needed to perform the rhinoplasty because of a separate procedure.
Aside from these three common rhinoplasty materials, other surgeons also use a synthetic material called Medpor. It is a material similar to Gore-Tex, which allows tissue to grow into the implant. For minor nasal revisions, some use a collagen-based material called AlloDerm and Dermal Fat Grafts.
Consultation with an Expert Surgeon
The use of which material for your nose job will depend on the preference of your surgeon, as well as, the desired result that you want to achieve. Some are more comfortable with using cartilage grafts, while others see the greater advantage of using synthetic materials. It is important to know that the possibility of infections, risks and complications should never be ruled out and taken lightly regardless of the approach to be used by your doctor.
A safe and excellent rhinoplasty result greatly depends on the skills and expertise of your surgeon. That is why it is as important to make a research of your doctor as that of getting yourself educated with the procedure itself. With an informed mind about how rhinoplasty works and putting your trust and confidence in a reliable doctor will result to a new nose that will enhance your natural beauty.
If you are decided in getting your nose improved and want to seek professional guidance and advice on which approach works best for your realistic goal, Dr. Andrew Kim of Advance Cosmetic Beauty Surgery will show you how you will look with your new nose. Dr. Kim has clinics in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney.