Is A Rib Graft Rhinoplasty The Best Option After Removal Of An Infected Nasal Implant?
Q: Dr. Eppley, I am interested in a rib graft rhinoplasty. I am a 32 year-old Asian woman that has a bad nose problem now. I had a silicone implant rhinoplasty done severn years ago. It looked good and was fine until about six months ago when my nose got really red and the implant got infected for no apparent reason. It had to be removed.:( Now my nose is sunken in and the tip is really short, it looks worse now than beforeI had the implant put in. Based on what I have read, it appears that a cartilage graft from the rib would be needed to get my nose back to the way I want it to look.
A: A rib graft rhinoplasty is the best choice for you now without question. The short nose of Asians can pose a real challenge when complications have occurred from a prior rhinoplasty. Unlike Caucasians rhinoplasty problems which are often the result of too much supportive cartilage removal, revisional Asian rhinoplasty problems result from augmentation problems from implants or grafts. When nasal implants get removed due to either infection or skin thinning, scar contracture will cause the tip to rotate upward as well as lower the height of the bridge due to the implant removal. This accentuates the naturally short nose of most Asians not to mention the scar tissue that has been created.
How effectively the Asian nose can be effectively built back up and lengthened is the result the result of the cartilage donor source. (an implant is obviously not a good choice when a prior implant has had to be removed) The amount of cartilage then controls what type of structural support and lengthening manuevers can be done. Rib grafts provide the most amount of cartilage one can use allows long straight grafts to be made for septal extension, columellar strut and extended spreader grafts as well as dorsal onlay grafts. No amount of tip or dorsal grafting from the ear or septum can produce the effects of what a rib graft can provide.
Dr. Barry Eppley
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