Posted by Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman on February 10th, 2008
We see many patients of Asian or other backgrounds with the very same concerns you describe. There are a number of ways to build up your bridge and give your tip more projection.
The easiest way for a surgeon to do this is by using a prosthesis, usually made of silicone, to lay over the entire bridge in order to make the nose more prominent. This is a very common procedure, especially in East Asian countries. Sometimes, it works with success, but other times there are problems with these prostheses, such as infection, exposure, or movement as time passes.
For this reason, here at Profiles, we use prostheses as a last resort. Our material of choice is your very own cartilage. We usually take this cartilage from your septum (the midline wall deep within your nose) or sometimes from one or both ears. In either case, you won’t notice it’s gone and your ear anatomy will look the same.
By using your own cartilage, we are able to achieve a significant and natural-appearing nasal augmentation with almost no risk of rejection, infection, or other graft problems, even long-term. So, you can be reassured of a better chance at a great result.
We encourage you to contact us to discuss this and other approaches related to Ethnic Rhinoplasty. You can also read more about it in our online text on Modern Rhinoplasty.
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