Background: Paranasal augmentation has commonly been performed utilizing alloplastic materials such as silicone or porous polyethylene. However, there are problems such as bone absorption, implant migration, and infection risk attributable to intraoral approaches. Objectives: The authors attempted anterior positioning of the alar crease junction as an adjunct method of rhinoplasty. The authors aimed to determine the long-term results of the intranasal approach for placement of multi-folded expanded polytetrafluorethylene (ePTFE). Methods: A retrospective review was conducted of patients who underwent intranasal surgical approach for paranasal augmentation employing multi-folded ePTFE implants in 19 septorhinoplasties who were followed-up for 3 to 10 years. Patient charts were reviewed for demographic information, concomitant operations, and complications. Preoperative and postoperative photographs were utilized to evaluate operative outcomes. The photographs were reformatted to 2-dimensional images employing standard photographic methods. Results: Of the 19 patients treated, 17 were female and 2 were male; ages ranged from 18 to 58 years. All patients reported improvement in their lateral profiles and were pleased at follow-up. There were no major complications, no nerve or vascular supply compromise, and no cases of implant malposition. The average increase in soft tissue outline near the alar crease junction was more than 3.2 mm (P < 0.001), but the alar base did not became wider. Conclusions: Paranasal augmentation with multi-folded ePTFE is a simple, safe, and effective method that can readily improve the lateral profile. In particular, the intranasal approach combined with rhinoplasty can synergistically improve outcomes and lead to greater patient satisfaction.
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This study was supported by a grant from Korea University Guro hospital, Republic of Korea (#O1801571).
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