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Paranasal deficiency is a common midface aesthetic concern in which the base of the nose lacks sufficient horizontal projection. While it is common phenotypic feature of the Asian face it can occur in any ethnicity or gender. The treatment of paranasal deficiencies has its historic origins as an adjunctive procedure to augmentative rhinoplasty as nasal and midface deficiencies are often seen together. But paranasal augmentation is commonly done today as a stand alone procedure or as part of other facial augmentation procedures.

A wide variety of grafts and materials have been used for paranasal augmentation but implants are the most common because of their convenience and availability. While some use block materials and hand make the implants there are good preformed designs that are made of ePTFE. While they are also modifiable in surgery to adapt to each patient’s individual anatomy and aesthetic needs most of the time they can be used as is without change. Like all implants they have various thicknesses and projections  but how does that translate to its external effect.

In the December 2023 issue of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery journal an article was published in this topic entitled ‘ Three-Dimensional Morphological Study on the Effectiveness of Expanded Polytetrafluoroethylene Prosthesis in the Paranasal Augmentation’. In this paper the authors evaluated patients undergoing paranasal augmentation using ePTFE over a five year period. Pre- and postoperative 3D measurements were taken to assess the implant’s effectiveness by creating landmarks based on a coordinate system of the Frankfort horizontal plane. These landmarks included the nasal alar crest, subnasal point, upper lip, pogonion, glabella, sub-cheek, orbitale and tragion. Five segments, 4 ratios, and 3 angles were measured based on it.

 The significant increase of segments, ratios, and angles indicated that paranasal augmentation does indeed increase the projection of the paranasal area. The paranasal augmentation caused a significant decrease of the protrusion difference between paranasal base and upper lip, forehead, and chin which were shortened after surgery. The average size of implant was 6.54?±?1.02 mm, and the average increase of paranasal height was 4.38?±?1.04 mm postoperatively. This difference means the sagittal elevation of the paranasal base seen was 2/3s that of the implant’s thickness.

Paranasal augmentation using ePTFE could effectively increase paranasal height and the thickness chosen and//or carved should take into consideration this 1/3 loss of height after implantation.

Dr. Barry Eppley

World-Renowned Plastic Surgeon

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