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May/Jun 2013

Safety of Alloplastic Materials in Rhinoplasty

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland.

JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2013;15(3):162-163. doi:10.1001/jamafacial.2013.787

Over the past few decades, the use of grafts in rhinoplasty has increased in response to emphasis on the importance of structure and support. Where older techniques emphasized reductive rhinoplasty, long-term complications of nasal collapse, obstruction, and asymmetric healing and nasal deformities were noted. Appreciation of nasal structure and of long-term wound healing has led to modification of surgical techniques to achieve cosmetically pleasing results that maintain respiratory function and heal predictably. Grafting material is often necessary for the techniques that provide such long-lasting results.

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