Are you thinking about surgery to make your nasal bridge more prominent or your tip more projected and defined? When performed by a specialist, augmentation rhinoplasty creates high satisfaction is patients who have the proper expectations of what can be achieved surgically. Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Thomas Buonassisi is a highly trained and specialized Vancouver rhinoplasty surgeon, who focuses much of his practice on nasal surgery. He has extensive experience with the grafts and implants that are used to augment the nose. Augmentation rhinoplasty is often, but not always requested by Asian patients, who desire more bridge and tip definition.
There are several ways to augment the nose including the use of both natural and synthetic implant materials. This video explains implant options.
The underlying nasal framework is exposed through small incisions inside the nose and sometimes in the columellar skin. The nose can be augmented with the patient’s own cartilage (if available) using septal cartilage grafts or a nasal implant. Common materials for implants include Gortex or soft silicone. The nasal tip often requires augmentation as well and this is may be done with the patient’s own cartilage, harvested from the ear or septum. Once these modifications are complete the skin settles back onto the augmented nasal framework and the internal incisions are closed with dissolvable stitches.
The most appropriate approach depends on your specific nasal features, your objectives for the surgery and Dr. Buonassisi’s assessment of the risks and benefits of the surgery. During your surgical consult, Dr. Buonassisi will assess your nasal features, clearly explain the pros and cons of each technique, and recommend the most suitable approach for you. You can review your consultation options.