Rhinoplasty is a procedure that is widely done today and remains to be among the most popular cosmetic procedure.

But are you aware about what is involved with the enhancement? In some cases, a patient may need nasal implants. This is the structure that is often overlooked, and yet provides a dramatic outcome. Let us take a closer look into nasal implants.

Nasal implants are devices which are used for nasal reconstruction to correct aesthetic deformities or nasal obstruction caused by structural anomalies either caused by trauma, infection, autoimmune disease or a neoplasm.

The goal of getting nasal implants is that they should be biocompatible, non-absorbable and that they do not cause an inflammatory response. Also they are designed to create in the patient optimum and symmetrical aesthetic result.

They come in autologous materials (cartilage, bone, soft tissue), Alloplasts, Gore-Tex, or Porex surgical (Medpor or Composite e-PTFE/silicone).

For the years that rhinoplasty has been performed, there are a number of materials that have been used to augment the nose. The most commonly used back in the day is silicone rubber. But this seemed to create problems because silicone does not incorporate to the surrounding tissues resulting to extrusions, and the inability to provide structural support. This is why companies have developed several other materials that can provide a more natural outcome.

Today, a study was done on soft and hard implants, and which of these is able to provide better results. Conchal cartilage grafts, septal cartilage grafts, and Medpor synthetic grafts were classified as hard nasal implants. These were implanted in 15 patients. Whereas, soft implants which were used on 13 patients is made up of diced auricular cartilage wrapped in surgical sheets and demofat blocks taken from the groin and rolled into Prolene mesh pieces that are sutured together.

The research concluded that soft implants provide better results as it was able to achieve a dorsum with a smoother contour and pad. The researchers noted that the soft nasal implants were used for both fine and coarse applications with satisfying results.

Contraindications for nasal implants come in when a patient is affected by an autoimmune problem. This will result to unsatisfactory results. Also those who have had previous surgeries in the area which involved the skin or soft tissue envelope would have an increased risk for implant-related complications.

That is why it is necessary that the patient undergo a thorough discussion with the surgeon about the nature of the implant. Patients ought to be informed about their unique cases and their autologous, homologous and synthetic nasal implant options. They should also be made aware about the relative risks and benefits or each material before they even go on signing the informed consent.

As a follow-up treatment for the post-operative period after getting nasal implants, a patient may be required to take oral antibiotics for a span of 7-10 days after surgery. Patients should also avoid any strenuous activity during recovery to prevent moving the implant from getting displaced. Practices that may also reduce blood flow to the nose, such as tobacco use, should also be avoided. This can only lengthen healing time, and can also result to poor implant integration to its surrounding tissues.

If you are looking for a nose job in Sydney, see to it that you get the most value through a good surgeon, the safest place to have it done, and of course, the most appropriate nasal implants for you.

Seek Professional Advice

While it is great to have better knowledge and understanding about rhinoplasty procedure, no amount of research is substantial than getting a professional advice from your doctor. A consultation with your doctor will allow for a proper assessment of your condition. This is also a great opportunity for you to raise some concerns, hesitations and your expectations in getting a cosmetic surgery. Plus, your doctor will be able to explain to you how best you can achieve the eyelid surgery results that you are longing for.

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