Can My Medpor Nasal Implant Be Removed?

Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a revision rhinoplasty. Do yout have experience in removing medpor L shaped implants? This nose has become tight and hard.

A: Revision rhinoplasty often involves removal of synthetic implanted materials. I have removed more than my fair share of Medpor implants all over the face. I am assuming when you say an L-shaped Medpor implant you are referring to its use in the nose for dorso-columellar augmentation. Contrary to common perception, medpor implants can be removed without undue difficult even though they get fibrous tissue ingrowth into them and can be quite adherent. Their removal from the nose is the ‘trickiest’ area to do it because of the naturally thinner tissues of the overlying skin. The tissues may be very carefully lifted off of the implant so as not to damage the blood supply to the overlying skin. I have  removed such nasal implants numerous times over the years but the key questions is…what do you want to do to replace it? Depending upon its size, the tissues can contract and become distorted after its removal. In other words, your nasal skin and its shape is not going to return to what it was before the initial implant surgery. This is the more important concept to consider in your revisional rhinoplasty.

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis, Indiana