Nose Implant

There are times when surgeons need to use a nose implant when performing rhinoplasty. The implant is surgically placed underneath the skin in the area of the nose that needs building up. The most common part of the nose where implants are placed is in the bridge of the nose. It can also be placed in areas such as columella, septum, and the base of the nose. There are several materials surgeons use for nasal augmentation. The choice of which type of implant to use would depend on what part of the nose is being augmented and what material the surgeon is comfortable working with.

Ways of Inserting Nasal Implants

There are two techniques surgeons commonly use when putting a nose implant in its place. Both techniques take roughly 30 minutes to an hour to complete and are done under local anesthesia combined with intravenous sedation or light general anesthesia. Patients can leave the hospital or out-patient surgical facility after the anesthesia has totally worn off. The choice of whether to use an open or closed surgery technique during the procedure would depend on what needs to be done and where the implant will be placed.

  • Open Nasal Augmentation – With this technique, an incision is made in the area of the nose to be augmented. Unnecessary cartilage and lose skin are cut off before the implant is put in place. Incisions may need to be made underneath the nostrils and across the bridge if needed.
  • Closed Nasal Augmentation – This technique leaves the exterior of the nose virtually untouched aside from the small incision made to insert the implant.

Once the implant is in place, the incisions are then glued or stitched back into place and an external splint is taped on to the nose to keep the implant in place for several days. Nose bleeds are normal during the first few days following the surgery, but if the bleeding persists, get medical help immediately.

Nasal augmentation is a fairly common procedure and many plastic surgeons claim that they can perform this surgery with ease. While this is true most of the time, it’s still better to make sure that you have the procedure done by someone with years of experience in performing rhinoplasty using different types of implants. Our highly-qualified surgeons have been performing this procedure for many years and have an excellent track record to show for it. If you’re interested in getting a nose implant, feel free to contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation with one of our excellent and reputable surgeons.

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