Rhinoplasty Implants May Raise Infection Risk

Babak Azizzadeh, MD, FACS, renowned Beverly Hills nose surgeon, discusses synthetic implants and infection risks

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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.

Beverly Hills, CA (PRWEB) September 24, 2012

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.

Plastic surgery of the nose, commonly known as rhinoplasty, is one of the most common, yet challenging, cosmetic procedures. The key to a successful outcome resides in creating a natural and well-proportioned nose without sacrificing an individual's breathing function. This can only be accomplished through long discussions between the patient and the facial plastic surgeon, and requires surgical expertise.

Dr. Azizzadeh is double-board certified in both facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology, which provide him with a distinctive insight into both the aesthetics and function of the nose. The rate of revision rhinoplasty surgery with Dr. Azizzadeh is less than 5%, which is remarkable when considering that the national average is 15-20%.

Dr. Azizzadeh is a renowned Harvard-trained rhinoplasty expert, recognized as a Top Facial Plastic Surgeon by the US News & World Report. He is one of the leading experts in the fields of primary, revision and ethnic rhinoplasty, and is the author of five best selling books, including the definitive rhinoplasty textbook entitled “Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty.”

He has been recognized for his work on several occasions, and has appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and countless other media outlets. Dr. Azizzadeh is also the director of the USC Facial Plastic Fellowship Program as well as the Cedars-Sinai Multispecialty Plastic Surgery Symposium.

For more information visit http://www.rhinoplastynet.com or call (310)657-2203.