While the most common request of San Francisco patients wanting to have rhinoplasty is to lower a hump on the nasal dorsum, it is also a frequent request to augment the dorsum, particularly with Asian-American, Pacific-Islander, and African American patients. The nasal dorsum/nasal bridge may be augmented surgically or non-surgically.
Dr. David Mabrie works with men and women from throughout the Bay Area including San Francisco, Oakland, Walnut Creek and Pinole. Request a consultation online or call us at (415) 445-9513 today.
The non-surgical procedure involves injecting a dermafiller material under the skin. Dr. Mabrie frequently uses hyaluronic acid gels such as Restylane, Juvederm, or Prevelle Silk. The dermafiller is injected under the skin, where it stays until slowly absorbed by the body over the following 6 months.
Augmenting the Dorsum
Unhappy with the appearance of his nose, this man consulted with Dr. Mabrie about options for improving the strength of his nasal bridge and his profile view. Dr. Mabrie used one syringe of Elevess Dermafiller to give the patient the desired look.
For a surgical procedure, Dr. Mabrie will use either the patient's own cartilage or an implant made of Gortex, depending on the patient's cosmetic goals and personal anatomy. Dr. Mabrie typically performs dorsal augmentation with patients under general anesthesia, although the procedure may be done with only IV sedation. Recovery from dorsal augmentation is rapid, with patients normally feeling comfortable in the public eye within 2 to 4 days. If there is no work to be done on the nasal tip, all incisions are made internally so there is no need for suture removal.
Augmenting the Dorsum Using Cartilage
This East Bay woman consulted with Dr. Mabrie about rhinoplasty surgery to address her low nasal bridge. It had bothered her for many years. Recently her eyes had begun to make her look older and she decided to have surgery for both.
Augmenting the Dorsum Using Gore-Tex
Dr. Mabrie and the patient decided on an open approach rhinoplasty with dorsal augmentation and tip augmentation. A Gore-Tex implant was used to augment the dorsum. The patient's own cartilage was used to support the nasal tip.
To learn more about nose surgery, take a look at our Recovering from Rhinoplasty Page and our Common Rhinoplasty Questions Page. You can also call our office and speak with our Patient Coordinator, Susan Cole. Susan is a great resource for patients and can answer your questions about procedures, recovery times, and financing options.
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