THERE is a long and interesting history covering the total or partial reconstuction of the nose. The first descriptions we have of the treatment of nasal fractures dates back 5,000 years, and the reconstruction of mutilated noses dates back 2,500 years. Surgical corrections of saddle deformities of the nose by implants and transplants came into use sometime around the turn of the century, and nonbiological implants were used for about 60 years.
According to records, about 18 different kinds of materials have been employed, so that an average of one new substance is introduced every three years. They have been described often and at length, and no purpose would be served by reviewing them here.
At the time the implants were introduced, they were enthusiastically advocated and received for several reasons. They were all nonabsorbable; they were easily stored, and some of them were prepared on an assembly-line basis in
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