When you made the choice to have rhinoplasty surgery, you had high hopes. You thought you would finally have the nose that you have always wanted. You also may have chosen surgery to improve your ability to breathe clearly through your nose. Your main goal was to walk away from your plastic surgeon with a nose that would make you happy. Unfortunately, your results were not what you expected. If your surgical results were not successful or you ended up worse off than when you began, you are not alone.
Rhinoplasty can be complicated and extremely delicate. It takes the skilled intervention of a plastic surgeon who is experienced and talented in rhinoplasty. You also need to understand that even in the best of hands, results may not live up to your expectations. Revision rhinoplasty can help you to correct rhinoplasty surgery that was not satisfactory. If you do need to return for an additional procedure, you may need to have nasal implants to have the best possible outcome.
What are Your Nasal Implant Options During Revision Rhinoplasty?
A nasal implant may be necessary when too much tissue, cartilage, or bone has been removed in a previous procedure. It also may be recommended in order to achieve the desired results in the final shape and appearance of your nose when you have not been happy with your prior outcome. Your plastic surgeon has several options when it comes to rebuilding your nose. It may be possible to perform a bone graft, taking bone from another part of your body. There is also the possibility of using cartilage and tissue from your ear. Your own cartilage in your nose may be practical if it can be reshaped. When none of these options are possible, your surgeon may recommend nasal implants for ideal results. Your options for nasal implants include silicone implants, Gore-Tex implants, and Medpor implants.
Which Type of Implant is Ideal for Nasal Implants?
While silicone and Gore-Tex implants can work effectively, there is the potential for movement of the implant. When choosing either Gore-Tex or Silicone, there is a slight risk of infection or nasal capsular contracture in which a band of scar tissue forms, causing the implant to protrude, result in a deviated septum, or deform the shape of the nose in some way. The Medpor nasal implant consists of Porous Polyethylene. It is porous and biocompatible. When using the Medpor nasal implant, your surgeon will sculpt the shape of the implant to meet your needs. Once in place, your body's own tissues will become integrated with your implant to the point that it will be stable. The type of nasal implant that is best for you will be determined by your plastic surgeon.
How Can a Nasal Implant Benefit You?
A nasal implant allows your plastic surgeon to have the greatest flexibility when it comes to molding the shape of your implant to get the results you desire most. An implant can be used to enhance the bridge of your nose. It can also address issues with the sides of your nose and the tip. If you are looking for more definition in the shape of your nose or lack height, a nasal implant can help your plastic surgeon to transform your nose. If you are not a candidate to use natural sources to rebuild your nose, implants make it possible to achieve promising results.
Are You a Good Candidate for Nasal Implants?
To have the highest chance of a successful revision rhinoplasty procedure with the use of implants, you should:
● Be in good health
● Be a non-smoker
● Have skin that is thick enough for implants
Nasal implants are not recommended if you have thin skin, you are diabetic, or you are a smoker. If you have other underlying health conditions, consult your plastic surgeon to determine if nasal implants are advised for you. Your plastic surgeon’s main goal is to avoid the risk of infection. Otherwise, you may need to go through having your implant removed and more revision surgery. You could end up back at square one. Your surgeon wants to give you promising results without putting you at risk of complications.
Why Choose Nasal Implants for Revision Rhinoplasty?
When you turn to a skilled plastic surgeon who is experienced in revision rhinoplasty, the use of nasal implants could make it possible for you to see the outcome you wanted in the beginning. Not only should your nose look attractive when all is said and done, it should also function well. Nasal problems can lead to difficulty breathing while sleeping at night and a higher risk of sinus infections. As your plastic surgeon sits down to talk to you when you are thinking about revision rhinoplasty, your current problems with your nose will be discussed. Your surgeon will evaluate your nose to pinpoint trouble spots. Be open about your expectations and any difficulty you are having breathing. The next step will be to determine what will be the best way to reconstruct your nose in such a way that it finally matches the vision you had when you first signed up for surgery. With the proper use of implants, whether they are naturally-based or synthetic, your surgeon can help you to have an appealing nose that looks natural. You’ll also be able to breathe easier as well. The most important thing you need to do is choose the right surgeon.
Dr. Andres Bustillo has been in practice for over a decade and his dual board certification is in the area of facial plastic surgery. An average of half of his procedures are related to the nose, including rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. He’s a name you can trust when you are ready to transform the appearance of your nose. Let Dr. Bustillo help you to have the rhinoplasty results you wanted in the first place.