Natural Looking Noselift without the Compromise
“Nose Job” is the most popular aesthetic enhancement among Filipinos. This is not surprising at all considering that we came from the Asian race which is not so blessed with an ideal nasal profile. Like Malaysians, Chinese, Koreans, and Indonesians, we are born with wide flat nose.
But Koreans seem to be different nowadays, especially the actors and actresses we see on telenovelas. They look so beautiful and noble with their natural-looking high noses that perfectly match their facial features. Could it be because much of the Korean’s population of this generation was born from interracial marriages with the Caucasians? The answer is NO.
According to the Korean Medical Aesthetic Journal, the secret behind this is the latest material for nasal augmentation known as GORE-TEX – a very soft and biocompatible implant that allows patient to have a natural looking appearance much more a worry-free and rejection-free rhinoplasty.
Good news for us aspiring to have this ideal nasal profile without the compromise – GORE-TEX noselift is already available in our country. It was first introduced here in December 2004 by Dr. Levi Lansangan of Dr. Shimmian Aesthetic Center who underwent years of intensive hands-on training in Korea with Asia’s best rhinoplasty surgeons. What prompted him to fly to a place where rhinoplasty technology is most advanced was his conviction for the sound and safe pursuit of beauty through the knife. He believes that beauty can be and has to be achieved without any significant trade-off.
His introduction of GORE-TEX noselift in the Philippines became an instant hit among the Korean communities. More than eighty percent of his patients here are satisfied Koreans who could do nothing but appreciate the beauty that GORE-TEX surgery has done to them. Gradually it started to gain popularly among Filipinos from the upper social strata where safety is as important as beauty.
GORE-TEX which was discovered in 1958 was found to have an important medical purpose with its non-biodegradable property. Studies shows that this material is chemically inert and can last for more than 100 years even when exposed to the elements, without signs of chemical decomposition. In 1975, FDA approved its expanded use as a replacement for human tissue such as heart and pulmonary valve operations.
Nowadays, especially in first world countries, GORETEX is commonly used in augmenting the flat nose. Oftentimes, it is judged as the best implant by many nasal surgery experts. Its soft consistency allows it to blend well to the contours of the nose thus providing a natural-looking noselift as if one is born with it. More important, it is safe with nil case of rejection. The patient usually resumes it normal activities without any worry of the implant as this maintains the flexibility of the nose. Once healed, few months after the operation, the patient can still engage in contact sports such as volleyball, scuba diving, and the likes. Aside from that, the patient doesn’t have to worry of heat exposure since GORETEX implant can stand a wide range of temperature.
Dr. Lansangan explains that the nose has articulations in the lower and upper lateral cartilages. It has a dynamic structure which conforms to the force exerted by an external pressure up to certain point. Friction is created by a hard implant like silicone once inserted and lies above the soft nasal cartilage. As this happens, the operated nose suffers from day-to-day trauma leading to material rejection. To avoid injury of nasal area, noselift patients with silicone implant are forced to alter their lifestyle by avoiding contact sports and activities that they used to do. Nothing of this kind happens when GORETEX Rhinoplasty.
With over 700,000 clinical uses, there are no confirmed cases of material rejection with GORETEX implant. The material’s softness assures patient comfort. Its suppleness makes it easy for the surgeon to work with it even in difficult reconstructions. These ‘soft tissue patches’ as they are usually called provide the necessary strength, flexibility and thickness for the most demanding surgical repairs. The structure of the material does not fray following the surgeon to sew the patch more easily. Moreover, its pore sizes ranging from 0.5 to 30 microns allow cells such as macrophages (blood cells) to penetrate. With this, the material incorporates into the surrounding tissue, and not encapsulated by it. This ability to incorporate may be the reason for a low incidence of infection thus eliminating material rejection.
Guided with over 15 years of expertise in crafting the ideal nasal profile, Dr. Lansagan and Dr. Shimmian Aesthetic Center in coordination with Shimmian Rhinoplasty Clinics in Korea who also conduct lectures and hands-on training on advanced rhinoplasty for medical practitioners here and abroad.