Cartilage vs. Implants – Nasal Bridge Augmentation Beverly Hills

Silicone implants are the most common method of augmenting the nasal bridge throughout the world; however, in Dr. Ghavami’s rhinoplasty center in Beverly Hills, patients also have the option of receiving diced cartilage fascia graft (DCFG) augmentation and/or rib cartilage graft augmentation. Dr. Ghavami performs all types of bridge augmentation. Each has its benefits.

Cartilage bridge augmentation has a number of benefits: it is a patient’s own natural tissue (nothing artificial or foreign is used); it is moldable, its edges can blend seamlessly with a patient’s own tissue, it heals with the body and becomes incorporated with the rest of the nose; and it has a natural appearance long-term. A slight disadvantage is the need for the cartilage from a distant source (i.e., ear or rib), but the incision and recovery are almost always negligible and are far outweighed by the advantages.

Silicone implant bridge augmentation has the advantage of reduced cost for the procedure and faster surgical times. The disadvantages are mostly due to longevity, but with proper technique these are avoided. So long as the graft is proper size, only placed in the bridge, and secured, problems such as extrusion (thinning of skin and implant coming through the skin) can be avoided. Dr. Ghavami does NOT believe in “L-shaped silicone implants” or implants placed anywhere near the nasal tip, since these are associated with higher revision rates and extrusion rates, even in the best of hands.

If you are interested in finding out more about what makes a good candidate for nasal bridge augmentation – or whether cartilage vs. implants is better suited to you – please contact our Beverly Hills plastic surgery center to schedule your consultation today!