For the past 30 years, Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgery (also called a "nose job") has become one of the most popular cosmetic Surgery procedures. Nearly a million patients have undergone the surgery to relieve both cosmetic and functional breathing problems. In recent years, a growing number of Ethnic and African-American patients have sought Rhinoplasty Surgery to improve their appearance and to address respiratory ailments. Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, a highly recognized top New York City Facial Plastic Surgeon, has pioneered advanced techniques in Ethnic Rhinoplasty in addition to a clinically proven nasal augmentation technique to address concerns specific to his Ethnic patients.
Ethnic Rhinoplasty is a process that enables an African American Rhinoplasty Surgeon to Alter the shape of the nose. The surgery can lengthen or shorten the nose, alter the angle between the base of the nose and upper lip, or flatten out bumps along the bridge of the nose. Once the Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgeon has reshaped the nose to its desired contours, he or she then sutures the incision and fastens a splint to the nose to protect it from injury and preserve its shape.
One of the most sought-after procedures for many Ethnic and African-American patients is a nasal bridge augmentation or elevation. As the name implies, the goal of the procedure is to improve the structure of the nasal bridge. Dr. Slupchynskyj can opt to use natural cartilage from another part of the patient's body to rebuild the nasal bridge; however, any irregularities in the shape of the cartilage can make the task of straightening the nose more difficult. Many Ethnic Rhinoplasty Surgeons will opt for plastic materials or nasal implants to reshape the nasal bridge structure and keep the nose straight. However, if the implant is improperly placed or not customized to fit the contours of the patient's nose, it can stretch the nasal skin, producing a less than desirable result with possible attending complications. In such a case, Ethnic Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery would be necessary.
After many years of treating numerous Ethnic and African-American patients and conducting nasal bridge augmentation procedures, Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj invented a special type of implant that improves both the function and the aesthetics of the patient's nose. The SLUPimplant™, unlike any of the other nasal implants in use today, is not a preformed implant and is specially designed for Dr. Slupchynskyj's use in nasal bridge augmentation surgeries. While the primary application of the SLUPimplant™ is in nasal bridge augmentation for African-American and other Ethnic patients, it also has many other uses. Patients who require a higher degree of structure and volume in the nasal bridge area often do not have their needs met by either the transfer of cartilage from other areas or the insertion of a "one-size-fits-all" artificial implant. Dr. Slupchynskyj's SLUPimplant™ is custom made and sculpted to meet the desires of the individual patient, while maintaining the qualities distinctively attractive to their ethnicity.
The custom carved silicone implant (Implantech, Ca) differs from the I-shaped silicone implant in its shape and size; it is a lower profile, contoured implant. The custom carved silicone implant (Implantech, Ca) is designed to fit in a subperichondrial–subperiosteal pocket created through an Open Rhinoplasty approach. The custom carved silicone implant (Implantech, Ca) elevates the nasal – dorsal and naso-frontal soft tissue, creating a natural shape and elevation. Because of the custom carved silicone implant’s (Implantech, Ca) smaller profile when compared to an I-shaped silicone implant, a smaller, more defined pocket is created, leaving less chance for extrusion. Furthermore, the cephalic end of the implant is angled to fit the shape of the naso-frontal angle, ensuring a snug fit. Fig 2a-b.
Fig 2a. Top: Custom carved Implant (smaller, less bulky). Bottom: I-shaped silicone implant.
Fig 2b. A – Frontal view of I-shaped silicone implant and custom carved silicone implant (Implantech, Ca). B – Profile view of I-shaped silicone implant and custom carved silicone implant (Implantech, Ca). Lower profile, less bulky.