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Soft dorsal nasal implants outperform hard implants

Cairo — Soft dorsal nasal implants have better patient satisfaction scores and fewer complications than hard implants, according to results of a new Egyptian study.

The study, conducted by researchers with Cairo University, examined 21 women and seven men who underwent augmentation rhinoplasty. Fifteen patients received hard implants and 13 received soft. Hard implants included conchal and septal cartilage grafts and Medpor. Soft implants consisted of diced auricular cartilage wrapped in Surgicel sheets, dermofat blocks and rolls of Prolene mesh.

In postoperative questionnaires, patients reported a 100 percent satisfaction rate with soft implants. Patients receiving hard implants reported a dissatisfaction rate of 33 percent.

“The authors recommend soft implants for both aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries because of their better ability to achieve a dorsum with a smoother contour and pad,” the researchers wrioe in the study abstract. “Soft implants have fewer complications and higher satisfaction rates and can be applied for most indications using both closed and open methods.”

The study was published in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.

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