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Is Silicone Safe for Augmentation Rhinoplasty?

Augmentation Rhinoplasty

Silicone is one of the most popular materials used for augmentation rhinoplasty. It is considered a safe and effective material that can be used to enhance the nasal height slightly. So long as the implant is shaped properly to the nose, the chances of protrusion are reduced, and an amazing result is still achieved.

Functional Reasons for Augmentation Rhinoplasty

In order to maintain proper function, augmentation rhinoplasty may be required. Common reasons that fall under this category are when there are areas of deficient cartilage—namely in the upper and lower lateral cartilage area of the nose. The augmentation allows the airway to function properly without significantly changing the overall appearance of the nose or face.


Aesthetic Reasons for Augmentation Rhinoplasty

Of course, patients want to walk away looking and feeling their best. Typically, people elect augmentation rhinoplasty in order to increase the projection of the nasal dorsum. This creates a much more appealing side profile. It is also common for the nasal tip to be augmented in order to give it a proportionally round shape. Grafts may be used to smooth out any misshapen areas. The result can be an enhanced profile that still looks natural.


Criteria for Augmentation Rhinoplasty

  • Patients who have not previously had an augmentation rhinoplasty with improper materials

  • Patients who have proper skin thickness that will hide the implant

  • Patients who do not want their nose raised significantly

  • Individuals who have realistic goals


What to Expect During the Operation?

First, a silicone implant will be selected and carved prior to the procedure. The patient will be placed under general anesthesia prior to the incision that is made on the inner side of the nostril edge. From here, a combination of skin thinning and dissection will be performed in order to make way for the implant. Finally, suture and taping are applied in order to create a splint for the nose.


Potential Complications

While there are certainly many augmentation rhinoplasty surgeries that are completed successfully, there are potential complications that may arise. Rare issues may include:

  • Infection

  • Nasal height change

  • Movement of implant

  • Silicone implant protrusion


Successful Procedure

An augmentation rhinoplasty is considered successful if the augmented nose looks natural and blends in with the rest of the face. The result can be greatly influenced by the surgeon’s ability to carve out the proper implant as well as the patient having proper skin thickness to withstand the implant.


Overview​​​​​​​

It is not unusually for potential patients to have a number of questions about this particular operation. If you’re interested in augmentation rhinoplasty and would like to know more about this procedure, please reach out to us by calling 504-608-0500. We would be more than happy to discuss the specifics of this operation and what it could mean for your new appearance. Our knowledgeable staff at Aesthetic Surgical Associates in Metairie, LA is ready to hear from you!