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Does rhinoplasty include real plastic to use as a skin?

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Dr. David Sherris answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic Surgery

Your own tissue is reshaped to do a rhinoplasty. There is no plastic skin or tissue used.

Answered Feb 21, 2014

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Dr. Anthony Sclafani answered

Specializes in Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Rhinoplasty is "plastic" in that it alters the appearance of the nose. Occasionally a synthetic implant may be used to build up the bridge of the nose, but this is uncommon.

Answered May 18, 2016

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Dr. Suzanne Galli answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Sometimes synthetic grafts are used to augment the nose but there is no function for plastic, per se. Your own skin covers your nose even after surgery. Be sure to have your nose evaluated by a board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with expertise in nasal surgery.

Answered Oct 14, 2014

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Dr. Minas Constantinides answered

Specializes in Plastic Surgery

No, rhinoplasty does not include real plastic. Indeed, we avoid using plastic-like implants (called Silastic) since they tend to get infected and extrude. The "plastic" in plastic surgery refers to the Greek origins of the word, which means "to shape or mold".

Answered Feb 9, 2015

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