Dr. David M. Whiteman from Southern Plastic Surgery answers a reader’s question about an implantless technique for an ethnic rhinoplasty.
Q: What is an implantless technique for ethnic rhinoplasty?
A: Ethnic patients’ nose structures are all unique, so implants may be ineffective. For example, African American patients have more fibrous tissue, while Hispanic patients have slightly fragile nasal bridges, both of which may not effectively support a facial implant. Instead of using silicone implants or other synthetic materials, I graft my patient’s own skin, bone and tissue to augment areas of their nose. Using your own materials significantly reduces the risk of complications and provides a more natural looking result.