Rhinoplasty Implants May Raise Infection Risk

According to new research released by the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery, patients who undergo rhinoplasty with synthetic implants may have an increased risk of infection, requiring additional medical procedures.

“The research shows that patients need to be aware of the risks before the procedure, and know that the complication rate is higher with this implant,” says Beverly Hills rhinoplasty surgeon, Dr. Babak Azizzadeh.

This new study, which is one of the largest to look at synthetic implants, revealed that roughly 20% of the surveyed patients who used these implants developed infections. If an infection occurs, patients may have to take an antibiotic. If that does not help, and if it does not clear up, then the implant needs to be removed and the surgery may have to be redone.

“That is why I almost exclusively use a patient’s own tissues, such as septum, ear cartilage, rib and temporalis fascia.They are safer and more reliable, but do require slightly more time to harvest,” says Dr. Azizzadeh.

Researchers in the study looked at 662 rhinoplasty procedures conducted from 1999 to 2008. Of those, 151 procedures used implants.They found that 19 of the patients developed an infection. All the infections occurred in patients who had implants used during their surgery.

“As far as I am concerned, implants should only be used for patients who undergo surgery for the first time, and who have good skin tissue envelope. Implants should, moreover, never be used in patients who have compromised skin,” says Dr. Azizzadeh.

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