Semin Plast Surg 2009; 23(1): 016-021
DOI: 10.1055/s-0028-1110097
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Asian Rhinoplasty Techniques

Léonard Bergeron1 , Philip Kuo-Ting Chen1
  • 1Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Craniofacial Center, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan
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09. Februar 2009 (online)


Asian rhinoplasty is a broad term that refers to a set of rhinoplasty techniques commonly used in Asian populations. Although these techniques are well developed and documented in Asian languages, there are relatively few English-language articles on the subject, and even fewer on current debates and controversies among plastic surgeons. Knowledge of these different techniques is essential to perform an adequate rhinoplasty in Asians. For Western patients, reduction rhinoplasty with dorsal hump rasping and lower lateral cartilage resection is classic. In contrast, silicone implant augmentation rhinoplasty is the most commonly used technique in Orientals. This article focuses on current rhinoplasty practices and controversies in Asia. It reviews morphologic differences between the Oriental and Western noses, as well as common patient requests. Polytetrafluoroethylene (Gore-Tex) and silicone implant augmentation are discussed. A new augmentation rhinoplasty with diced cartilage is described in more detail.


Philip Kuo-Ting Chen, M.D. 

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital at Linkou

5, Fu-Hsin St., Guei-Shan 333, Taoyuan, Taiwan