There are three fundamentally different dorsal implant materials that a plastic surgeon can use in Asian rhinoplasty to increase the height of the dorsum or the bridge of the nose.
One is an implant.
The other is tissue from a cadaver of another human being.
The third is your own tissue.
An implant has been used in the past because of the ease of use. An implant is typically a silicone. Another type of implant is Gortex, but Gortex is not as commonly used in Asian rhinoplasty because it is difficult to remove once it has been placed.
As mentioned, a silicone implant is by far the most commonly used implant material. If so, then what are the advantages of a silicone implant?
Again, it is the ease of use and relatively cheap cost. Silicone comes in various shapes and it can simply be placed on the dorsum with some minor adjustments to fit the patient’s dorsal profile.
In Asia including South Korea, an overwhelming majority of the plastic surgeons use silicone implant to augment the dorsum in Asian nose surgery.
The other material a plastic surgeon can use to increase the dorsal profile or the bridge of the nose is a cadaver tissue. A cadaver from another human being is irradiated to get rid of transmittable viruses and bacteria. And irradiation means shooting the tissue with X-ray beams. The material of a cadaver tissue can be cartilage or dermis (skin). These materials can be placed in the dorsum or the bridge of the nose or the nasal tip to increase height in Asian rhinoplasty or Asian nose surgery.
The ideal tissue is your own cartilage.
The last material a plastic surgeon can use to augment the dorsal profile or the bridge of the nose is your own tissue. However, you can also use dermal fat graft as well. There are many advantages of using your tissue to perform Asian rhinoplasty or Asian nose surgery. As one can see, there are many options when it comes to which materials to use in Asian rhinoplasty or Asian nose surgery.
Dr. Kenneth Kim, a board certified plastic surgeon who is based in Los Angeles, California has spent a significant amount of time with plastic surgeons in Korea who have used all of these materials. Dr. Kim will go over the advantages and disadvantages of these materials and which material would be the most ideal for the patient during the consultation.