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DOI: 10.1055/s-2002-36492
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The Asian Nose: Augmentation Rhinoplasty with L-Shaped Silicone Implants

John A. McCurdy, Jr.
  • University of Hawaii, John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, HI
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Publication Date:
08 January 2003 (online)


Few procedures in facial plastic surgery elicit the controversy that surrounds augmentation of the Asian nose. Asian surgeons generally advocate augmentation with custom-fabricated silicone prostheses, a technique that Western surgeons, who strongly recommend autogenous material, condemn as inherently dangerous. Analysis of the evidence relating to augmentation with silicone prostheses suggests that there is little factual support for Western dogma and indicates that, when properly executed, augmentation with silicone implants yields reliable and consistently superior aesthetic results. A detailed blueprint for execution of augmentation rhinoplasty with custom- fabricated silicone implants is provided.