A Novel Rhinoplasty Sculpture Technique Using Ancient Chinese Architectural Technology

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Abstract

Rhinoplasty is one of the most delicate procedures in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Precision in every millimeter is vital in ensuring a better quality of surgical outcome. Many methods have been developed to fulfill this requirement. One such method is an implant, whether autogenous or artificial. Artificial implants involve several surgical complications, such as recipient rejection of implant material, infections, and rigid feel of the nasal tip. Hence, autogenous implants were eventually more widely applied, with material being obtained from the septum, concha, or rib cartilages. Therefore, the authors developed a new technique of rhinoplasty, using the osteochondral rib as an autogenous implant based on the ancient Chinese architectural technology called the DouGong method. The authors hereby present the results of 288 patients treated in our faculty wherein the data from the patients and the preoperative and postoperative 3-dimensional computed tomography scans were processed using Mimics software. The uniqueness of these implants is that the joint between the nasal dorsum and the columella strut is fixated without any screw, stitches, or K-wire. This procedure proved to be very useful as this technique not only minimized the application of fixation techniques, but also helped achieve a better nasofrontal angle, nasolabial angle, and columella length. After monitoring follow-ups of our patients, the authors hereby propose the use of this DouGong-based novel technique to improve the overall quality and outcome of corrective rhinoplasty.

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