Facial implants are designed to improve or augment the physical structure of the face. They can be made of human tissues or synthetic materials, such as polythene or silicone. Facial implants are specially designed for the face, ensuring they are compatible with all forms of human tissue.
Nasal implants are either made of biological material, such as irradiated rib cartilage, or synthetic biocompatible materials, such as silicone.
Nasal implants are used to correct the bridge of the nose providing height and definition. Nasal implants are used to enhance patients’ confidence in their physical appearance. The implants may also correct a variety of issues including a collapsed nose, drooping nasal tip or correcting a previous surgery whereby to much cartilage was removed.
Nasal implants can be sourced from a variety of materials including harvesting the cartilage and soft tissue from the patients themselves. This is preferable as it minimises the chance of the body rejecting the implant, toxicity or incompatibility. Implants can also be sourced from a donor or synthetic implants. The lower two thirds of the nose including the nasal tip, septum and lower lateral cartilage are the most commonly affected through nasal implants. The procedures differ depending on the patients’ requirements for the area, in all implant procedures the surgeon creates a pocket in the existing cartilage, tissue or muscle for the implant to rest in, the implant is carefully placed inside the pocket. The incision area is closed and the surgery is concluded.
The recovery experience is dependent on the variables of the procedure, including the type of implant, the material used, the area the implant is placed as well as if the procedure is performed in conjunction with any other procedures or treatments.
Patients with thicker skin tend to have better results from nasal implants as the skin offers better protection for the implant, patients with thin skin can have grafting to enhance their results. Nasal implants are only required once, no maintenance or follow-up surgery should be required.