Mesh Rhinoplasty Surgery is a nose enhancement surgery to increase the tip of the nose. The most common materials for nose tip enhancement include ear cartilage and nasal septal cartilage. However, if you can't use your own cartilage tissues for any reason, such as having too thin or missing cartilage, the second best option is to use Mesh which is extremely soft and flexible, resulting in natural, flexible nose tip.
The mesh is made up of polycaprolactone (PCL), which forms a dense network. PCL is known to be safe as it is a FDA-approved material, and it has been used in thread lifting and Ellanse, a long lasting filler. The mesh is created by 3D printing this PCL into a net structure.
Who is Mesh Rhinoplasty For?
According to the medical expert opinion of Dr. Kim Ji-yeon, a board-certified plastic surgeon and director of Light Plastic Surgery in Korea, who also has done many cases of Mesh rhinoplasty, it is especially recommended for people with a low and soft nose. The lower and softer the nose, the weaker your septum is, which often results in the need for a revision surgery after getting rhinoplasty. Hence, it is important to use good materials such as mesh during the first rhinoplasty surgery. By using mesh, it acts as a pillar, so you can maintain the height of the tip of the nose.
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The Advantages of Using Mesh
One of the advantages is that it is elastic and you can move your nose freely after the surgery. In many cases of rhinoplasty using other materials, the results look unnatural when you move your nose or face after surgery. Since the mesh is a flexible material, it is flexible enough to twist back and forth and on both sides, which can help alleviate this concern.
Compared to silicon, mesh exerts less physical pressure and has the advantage of supporting the tip of the nose, just like in a rhinoplasty surgery using your nose cartilage. Also, there is less risk of adverse effects from the foreign body because it melts and disappears after two to three years.
This mesh is an absorbable polycaprolactone that melts and disappears after two to three years. There are many patients who are worried that the effect of the surgery will also disappear when the mesh melts. But if you look at the structure of the mesh, there are spaces in between the mesh, and the dermis will spread out and fill in the spaces over time. Even after the mesh itself disappears, the dermis that has filled up the spaces will continue to hold its shape, allowing for the results to last even after the mesh dissolves.
Here are some before/after photos of patients who have gotten Misko rhinoplasty surgery:
Can Mesh be used for the Nose Bridge?
The mesh is used as a supporting structure for the tip of the nose, not to fill up the tip of the nose. The nose bridge can be operated on using your cartilage or a prosthesis. There are some patients who mistake that the mesh can be used on the nose bridge, but it is not suitable for use for nose bridge surgery. Therefore, it is recommended to consult an experienced doctor who can recommend the right prosthesis according to your individual nose shape and types to determine the suitable nose surgery method.
What Are The Side Effects?
Mesh can be prone to infection, just like all foreign materials implanted into the body. It is important to seek a medical opinion from an experienced, board-certified plastic surgeon before you decide which implant to use for rhinoplasty.
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