22 January 2004 (online)
Revision rhinoplasty can be one of the most complicated procedures performed by the facial plastic surgeon. As septal cartilage is often not available in revision procedures, grafting material is often needed. This material can come in the form of autogenous bone and cartilage. Allografts also can be used, including mersilene, expanded polytetrafluoroethylene, and porous high-density polyethylene (PHDPE). In this article, emphasis is placed on the senior author's method in evaluating candidates for revision rhinoplasty as well as techniques using PHDPE. In addition, the properties of the more commonly used allografts are described, including the advantages and disadvantages of using each material in revision rhinoplasty procedures. In comparing the various alloplastic materials available, it is shown that PHDPE has properties that make it an excellent implant for revision rhinoplasty.
Revision rhinoplasty - rhinoplasty - porous high-density polyethylene