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Effective Use of a Silicone-induced Capsular Flap in Secondary Asian Rhinoplasty

Jeong, Jae Yong MD*†‡; Oh, Sang-Ha MD†‡§; Suh, Man Koon MD; Kim, Chang Kyung MS; Kim, Kenneth K. MD‖**

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: June 2014 - Volume 2 - Issue 6 - p e172
doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000126
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Summary: Performing secondary rhinoplasty in patients who underwent primary rhinoplasty using a silicone implant is difficult due to thinning of nasal skin and formation of a capsule. Excess capsule formation can cause capsular contracture, resulting in short nose deformity or implant deviation, migration, or implant demarcation. Revision rhinoplasty using a capsular flap, dorsal silicone implant, and tip plasty was performed in 95 Korean patients (91 women and 4 men; mean age, 27 years) who previously underwent primary augmentation rhinoplasty using silicone implants. The capsular flap was composed by creating a dual plane above the anterior capsule and below the posterior capsule. The existing silicone implant was removed, and a new silicone implant was placed under the posterior capsule. The patients were followed up for 6 months to 4 years (mean, 31.7 months). Of the 95 patients who underwent secondary augmentation rhinoplasty using a capsular flap, 88 patients (92.6%) showed satisfactory results. There was no hematoma or nasal skin vascular compromise. There was no visible or palpable capsule resorption or recurrent capsular contracture. Early implant malpositioning (within 30 days postoperatively) was observed in 4 patients, and tip shape dissatisfaction (within 60 days postoperatively) was reported by 3 patients. Four patients underwent revision surgery and had successful outcomes. Nasal augmentation using a silicone implant and capsular flap in secondary rhinoplasty avoids complications caused by removal of the capsule. Recurrent capsule formation or clinically noticeable resorption of the capsular flap was not observed in this study.

From the *PLUS Plastic Surgery Clinic, Daejeon, Korea; Research Institute for Medical Sciences, College of Medicine, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea; Clinical Anatomy Institute, Chungnam National University Hospital, Daejeon, Korea; §Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chungnam National University, Daejeon, Korea; JW Plastic Surgery Clinic, Seoul, Korea; Dream Medical Group, Los Angeles, Calif.; and **Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles, Calif.

Received for publication November 19, 2013; accepted April 30, 2014.

Presented at Seoul Rhinoplasty Symposium 2012, in South Korea, June 17, 2012. Published as a chapter in Recent Advances in the Asian Rhinoplasty Surgery Guide, June 24, 2011.

Disclosure: The authors have no financial interest to declare in relation to the content of this article. This work was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (2013R1A1A1057928). The Article Processing Charge was paid for by the authors.

Jae Yong Jeong, MD, PLUS Plastic Surgery Clinic, 6F Doonsan Mirae B/D 1040, Doonsan-2 dong, Seo-gu, Daejeon 302–829, Korea. E-mail:

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