If you’re thinking about rhinoplasty to build up a portion of your nose, then you’re probably going to need some kind of cartilage graft. Cartilage can be taken from a variety of discreet locations on the body and it can be used as a graft to augment or shape different areas of the nose. Nearly all plastic surgeons agree that natural cartilage grafts are preferable to implants in rhinoplasty, but the prospect of graft harvesting can seem frightening and dangerous to patients. Let’s take a look at some common questions about the use of cartilage in rhinoplasty.
Cartilage is preferable for nasal augmentation because it is a natural material from the patient’s own body that is easy to sculpt, is easily accepted by the nose, and has a low risk of infection. Cartilage is also less likely to extrude than implants, which can cause permanent aesthetic damage. Most patients appreciate the natural look of a cartilage graft.
Where is cartilage taken from?
Cartilage may be harvested from a number of sites. In most cases, the nasal septum is the preferred harvest site, since the nose is already being operated on.The similarities in material and the lack of visible scarring also make the septum an ideal donor site. In cases where this is not appropriate, ear or rib cartilage is sometimes used. This requires surgery on more than one area and is more likely to result in a scar.
Will taking cartilage from my nose make it collapse?
A skilled doctor will be able to use grafts without compromising the internal structure of the nose. Successful cartilage grafts require experience and finesse. Be sure to seek out a rhinoplasty specialist with extensive grafting experience if you desire nasal augmentation.
Is grafting necessary?
A large number of rhinoplasty cases require grafts. Only a board-certified plastic surgeon can advise you on your specific case. Augmentation rhinoplasty is most likely to require grafting.
Whether you’re nervous about the idea of grafting or totally comfortable, you’ll still need to meet with various surgeons to discuss your expectations and goals for surgery. Trust is a huge part of the doctor-patient relationship, and you need to be confident in your surgeon’s skills and character. To speak with a rhinoplasty specialist in the Toronto area, call Dr. Robert A. Mounsey of Revesse at 416.438.2499 todayto set up your consultation today. Dr. Mounsey has a great deal of experience and artistry in plastic surgery, and can help you get the nose you’ve always dreamed of.