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Plastic Surgery International
Volume 2011 (2011), Article ID 606941, 3 pages
Clinical Study

Use of Silicone Sizers in Implantation of Porous Polyethylene Nasal Dorsal Implants in Asians

Aesthetic & Refractive Surgery Medical Center, 455 O'Connor Drive, Suite 180, San Jose, CA 95128, USA

Received 22 February 2011; Revised 21 July 2011; Accepted 22 July 2011

Academic Editor: Rei Ogawa

Copyright © 2011 Randal Pham. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Introduction. A new technique of implantation of high-density porous polyethylene nasal dorsal implants in Asians is described in this paper. Silicone sizers, which have smooth surfaces, were used to facilitate implantation of porous polyethylene implants in Asian patients. Materials and Methods. Twenty-three patients of Asian descent underwent dorsal augmentation rhinoplasty with open technique using high-density porous polyethylene implants. In all cases, silicone sizers were used to facilitate implantations of high-density porous polyethylene nasal dorsal implants. Patient selection criteria exclude patients with history of cocaine use, history of nasal or sinus disorders, previous nasal surgery, deviated septum, poor cartilage support, and thin skin. Results. No bleeding, infection, rejection, displacement, or extrusion was noted. One implant was removed because of a patient's dissatisfaction with the resulting tip height. Conclusion. The use of silicone sizers to facilitate implantations of high-density porous polyethylene nasal dorsal implants was safe and efficacious.