Nasal Implant FAQs – Why Our New Hampshire Surgeon Does Not Use Artificial Materials

Dr. Mark Constantian has long been an advocate of using only a patient’s own natural bone and cartilage to build up or support the nose. Because many surgeons insist that these are unreliable or difficult to use and prefer to place artificial implants that are made of silicone or other material, we receive a lot of questions about nasal implant surgery at our New Hampshire office, near the Massachusetts border.

“I have had five operations on my nose that include having a silicone implant put in, but the nasal implant moves and it’s cold in the winter. I’ve been told that I’ve had too many operations and nothing else can be done. Is that true?”
“I have had two rhinoplasties and the bridge of my nose has begun to sink. One surgeon has recommended that AlloDerm be used to fill the depression on my bridge, and a second suggested Gore-Tex®. Would you follow this procedure, and if not, why would cartilage be better?”
“If I sent you a few pictures, would you be able to tell me if I have a good chance to get my nose fixed? I have been to see one of the top doctors in my country, but he does use Gore-Tex® and I am still not sure about having that put in my nose.”
“I have had four nose operations and want to remove the silicone nasal implant in my nose. My nose is too big and long and the silicone moves. I am a black woman and have been told by many doctors that they cannot help me. I wear glasses to hide how I look. Can you help me?”
“I had my fourth rhinoplasty about six months ago. Too much was taken from the bridge of my nose and a piece of Gore-Tex® was implanted. The Gore-Tex® had to come out in two months because of infection. After four years, I chose another surgeon who took grafts from both my ears and rib and built up my nose. Unfortunately, the rib now extends from the tip of my nose all the way up to about the top of my forehead.
I have suffered an enormous amount of emotional distress and have lost my self-identity. My last surgeon said that after three months he can make an incision close to my eyebrow and carve down the graft at the top of my nose, but when I visited him again, he changed his story. I don’t know what to do at this point.”

Contact Our New Hampshire Practice, near Massachusetts

If you would like to learn more about the pros and cons of nasal implant surgery, please contact our New Hampshire office, just north of Massachusetts. We will be happy to answer any questions you have.

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