Question : I am 38 years old and had a Gore-Tex implant placed in my nose about six years ago. Recently, a red color has appeared on the spot where the implant was placed. What antibiotic should I use to treat this? Does this mean I should potentially have the implant removed?
Answer : A risk of using any implant material in the nose is that it can extrude. It can also become red or infected afterward. If I need tissue to reconstruct the nose, I use cartilage from various parts of the body as needed to avoid this problem. Once an implant gets infected, it’s very hard to treat this with antibiotics to control the infection without removing the implant. The other risk is if the skin gets too infected some of that skin’s soft tissue envelope which defines your nose can become permanently damaged. If the skin’s soft tissue envelope becomes permanently impaired, this makes any future rhinoplasty correction very difficult.