Augmentation rhinoplasty | Grafts & Implants
Augmentation rhinoplasty is a term used to described nasal surgery in which the shape of the nose is increased. Although many of the patients undergoing augmentation rhinoplasty are non-Caucasian this type of surgery is performed on patients of all ethnicities.
Whether the nose requires a larger bridge or a more pronounced tip region, grafts or implants are frequently necessary for the required changes. A graft is a term used to describe a material harvested from your own body, and transfered to another location. The most frequently used grafts are cartilage grafts from inside your nose (septal grafts). Septal cartilage grafts are typically the first-line option used nasal surgery.
Sometimes the amount of material needed is greater than the amount of grafting material available, in which implants may be an option. Implants are synthetic materials designed to use in the nose. There are several implants available for augmentation rhinoplasty. Common implants used include: polytetrafluoroethylene (Gore-Tex), Silicone, and porous polyethylene (MedPor). Although no ideal implant exists, these implants can be safely used in nasal surgery.
To learn more about augmentation rhinoplasty we welcome to a consultation with Dr. Kwak.