Why You Should Stay Away from Silicone Facial Implants
Written by Dr. Morin
Thursday, August 10th, 2017
People seek facial plastic surgery for a variety of reasons. Rhinoplasty, for example, is a popular surgery that can address a range of concerns about the appearance of the nose: size, shape, and profile. During a rhinoplasty consultation, individuals sometimes ask if silicone implants can address structural deficiencies and improve the nose’s contour. Often presented as an easy and affordable option, it is no wonder people consider implants. However, this shaping technique has very serious disadvantages.
What is a solid silicone nose or facial implant?
Silicone implants consist of silicone or a synthetic plastic polymer. Unlike grafting techniques, which requires harvesting and reshaping cartilage from other parts of the body, implants are manufactured structures placed in the face in order to augment size or alter shape. A silicone implant can be pre-shaped or custom-made.
Many individuals consider facial silicone implants because, on the surface, they seem like a simple option that can produce the desired outcome. However, very often the opposite is true. The long term risks associated with silicone implants in the face outweigh the benefits and patients should be aware of the problems they can cause.
Silicone implants in the face can cause serious complications.
How well does the body react to silicone in the face? Often not that well. Here are some common problems with synthetic facial implants:
Cartilage grafting typically yields better results, with fewer risks.
The best way to reshape or augment the nose is to use your body’s own tissue. Most commonly, we use cartilage grafts for the structure, support and shape we need. If an individual does not have enough cartilage in the nose, cartilage from either the ear, or the rib, can be used. In fact, this technique is the preferred choice by most top rhinoplasty surgeons from around the world. Cartilage grafting can improve:
Consulting with a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Augmenting and reshaping the nose requires the introduction of material that can provide structural integrity in the long term. Because everyone’s nose anatomy is unique, the surgical technique needs to be customized. It is important to find an experienced plastic surgeon to perform your rhinoplasty or other reconstructive surgery.
If you would like to change the shape of your nose and would like to know more about the most advanced surgical techniques, please contact Dr. Robert Morin, one of New York’s top rhinoplasty specialists.