Rhinoplasty in the Aging Nose
22 January 2004 (online)
The aging nose presents a difficult challenge for the rhinoplastic surgeon. To best address the patient's wishes, the surgeon must possess a sound understanding of the atrophic changes associated with the aging nose, including tip ptosis, increased nasal bulbosity, a lengthened nasal appearance, and altered nasal airflow patterns. Surgical emphasis is placed on conservative structured reduction to address functional concerns. Overresection risks destabilizing the nasal tip and altering the patient's concrete self-image. This article outlines our approach to rhinoplasty in the aging nose with a special emphasis on the use of porous polyethylene alloimplants to provide added structural support.
Rhinoplasty - aging nose - alloimplants - porous polyethylene