A Closed rhinoplasty procedure can accomplish building up the nasal bridge. In many cases patients are born with a low bridge profile and would simply like to build up the height of the bridge for better facial aesthetics and balance. Other patients, have had an over-resection of the dorsal hump, and are left with a residual ski-slope deformity. In addition, some patients have received a traumatic injury to the nose and are left with a saddle nose deformity. When performing a revision rhinoplasty, it’s important to know how much cartilage as left on the inside of the nose for potential grafting purposes. A cartilage graft is the preferential way to build up patients own bridge line with their own natural tissues. If there is a cartilage-depleted nose, ear cartilage can be considered. In rare cases, rib cartilage may be needed. Once the nasal cartilage or ear cartilages have been harvested for potential grafting, they are then fashioned in the proper shape and inserted through a small incision along the bridge line of the nose. Most of the time the grafts are placed in a precise pocket, but they also can be sewn in place if needed. Alternatively, some patients require a significant amount of augmentation and they have no cartilage left on the inside of the nose and do not wish to have a rib cartilage taken out. For these patients, a Flowers Silastic nasal dorsal implant is used. These are also inserted in a small anatomical pocket along the bridge line. These implants are composed of Silastic, and can be custom carved when necessary. These implants are not the typical L- strut used in Asia. The L- strut implants can cause a lot of problems and many times have to be removed. In addition to building up the bridge of the nose, many patients require osteotomies placed in the nasal bones to narrow a pre-existing wide bridge line in addition to adding height to the bridge. This also helps to give added height to the bridge as well. Both medial and lateral osteotomies of the nasal bones are required to narrow them. It is also important to evaluate the status of the nasal tip to make sure it is in balance with the new and higher bridge line. Some patients require a reduction in the size of the tip with a conservative cartilage removal, while other patients require augmentation of the tip to of balance with the bridge. Tip cartilage grafting techniques are sometimes required to make sure the tip balances with the entire new bridge line. Dr. Portuese performs nasal surgery at The Seattle Facial Plastic Surgery Center, a state-of-the-art licensed and certified outpatient surgery center in Seattle Washington.
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