What is Nose Implant Surgery?
Nose implant Surgery or Augmentation Rhinoplasty is undoubtedly the top cosmetic procedure that can bring aesthetic harmony and balance to the face.
Because the nose regards as the defining feature of the face, even a slight modification can greatly improve your appearance. Your nose is easily the most noticeable part of the midface and dictates the balance between the upper and lower face. A well-balanced nose can enhance the eyes and mouth, instead of overshadowing them.
Nose Implant Procedure
This procedure involves the following steps:
Step 1. Anesthesia
You will administer with anesthesia so that you will be comfortable while the surgery is going on.
Step 2. The Incision. Open VS Closed
This procedure has two basic types, open and closed.
Closed rhinoplasty, also called as endonasal rhinoplasty, involves an incision inside the nostrils, giving you no visible skin incisions. After the incision, the skin is lifted from the underlying cartilage and bone. The implant can then be positioned.
Open rhinoplasty, also called external rhinoplasty, involves an incision across the columella, the thin strip of tissue that divides the nostrils. With this incision, the skin that covers the nasal bones and cartilages is carefully lifted, enabling the placement of the implant.
Step 3. Placing the Implant
Before the procedure a decision has to be made whether to use synthetic implants (example: Silicone, Gore-Tex, Medpor) or autologous (obtained from the same individual) tissue (rib cartilage).
Rib Graft is one of the best solutions to correct a flat nose.
Why the rib?
- Autologous tissue (tissue obtained from the same individual and most compatible);
- Maximal volume to use;
- Maximally increases the height and length of the tip of the nose (in case of additional tip surgery);
- Fewer complications (infection, extrusion).
Step 4. Incision Closure
- After the implant has been positioned to its ideal shape, the nasal skin and repositions the tissue and close the incisions.
Nose Implant Add-on Surgeries
- The surgeon will cut off some skin to revise the base of the nose, giving more proportion to the nostrils in relation to the rest of the nose.
Nose Tip Surgery
- An under-projected nose refers to a nose tip that doesn’t stick out enough from the face. And this results in a flattened appearance to the nose. This is corrected by a nose tip surgery.
Before the Nose Implant Surgery
In preparation for the surgery, you are require to:
- First, to take a lab test – medical problems have to be controlled before surgery
- Second, wait six months for surgery in case of a previous infection
- Thirdly, you should stop smoking, taking aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements since they can increase bleeding
- Lastly, you have to undergo an assessment of tissue pliability
Risks of Nose Implant Surgery
Similar to every major surgery, augmentation rhinoplasty comes with risks like bleeding, infection and a negative reaction to anesthesia.
Additional potential risks related to this procedure include:
- Breathing problems;
- Lasting numbness around your nose;
- A small chance of an uneven-appearing nose;
- Pain, swelling or discoloration that may continue to persist;
Discuss with your surgeon about how these risks relate to you.
- Particularly may vary per surgeon or patient.
- You may resume normal activities the following day.
- Sleep on 2 pillows or keep head elevated so as not to aggravate swelling.
- Apply a cold compress to the area for 48 hours (swelling subsides 48-72 hours).
- Try to keep the tape or splint on the nose as dry as possible. These will be removed after 5-7 days in the doctor’s clinic.
- Avoid heavy nose blowing for the 1st 5-10 days.
- Avoid heavy lifting for the 1st 10 days.
- And also, avoid aerobic exercises or any contact sports 4-6 weeks post-surgery.
- Importantly, follow-up with the doctor and stitch removal will be 7 days after surgery.