A graft is a piece of tissue that is extracted from one part of your body for use in another part of your body. When talking about nose grafts, we are referring to cartilage. Cartilage is a soft tissue that is both fibrous and dense. It is flexible and firm, and when a surgeon utilizes it in a rhinoplasty surgery, it can help shape the nose.
The nose is made up of two sets of cartilages that are located in the middle part of the nose (upper lateral cartilages) and in the tip (lower lateral cartilages). In addition to this, the nasal bones and the nose septum offer foundation and support to the overall nose structure.
Cosmetic surgeons suggest that all nose procedures may not need cartilage grafts. Generally speaking, cartilage grafting in rhinoplasty is needed only when treating the bridge, tip, or the spreader grafts present in the mid-third of your nose.
Plastic surgeons agree that cartilage grafts are very safe for use in rhinoplasty and shouldn’t be avoided when needed. Septal cartilage is considered to be the ideal cartilage for using in nasal reconstruction procedures. Besides the septal cartilage, the cartilage present in the ear and the rib (in that order) may also be used.
Cartilage Grafts for Nasal Tip Reconstruction
People who have suffered from traumatic injuries to the nose may require a surgical procedure to bring back the nose’s look and function. A nasal tip reconstruction using cartilage grafts is capable of producing brilliant reconstructive results for patients in need of nasal tip reconstruction.
This procedure is unique and rare and requires the cosmetic surgeon to be highly skilled and experienced. An open rhinoplasty surgery may be performed for accessing the patient’s nasal tip.
Donor Cartilage Grafts
Even though cosmetic surgeons prefer using the existing nasal cartilage for reshaping the nasal structure, there are some cases in which there isn’t a sufficient amount of tissue or natural strength for performing the procedure.
In such cases, further removal of tissue will lead to worsening of the deformity. Hence, the nasal structure needs to be rebuilt using a collection of artificial grafts, those extracted from a donor’s cartilage. It is possible to harvest this cartilage from the ear (conchal), septum (septal) or rib (costal).
Cartilage Grafts are Safe and Effective
The cosmetic surgery industry is increasingly advocating the utilization of cartilage grafts in various nose reconstruction surgeries. The reason for this is simple. Cartilage grafting can serve as an effective tool in primary as well as revision rhinoplasty. In fact, nearly all experienced rhinoplasty surgeons make use of one or another type of cartilage grafts.
As far as the lower nose is concerned, it is typically the weak, sagging tip cartilage that lends to the nose’s unattractive appearance. Rhinoplasty with cartilage grafting can help reshape and strengthen the nasal tip structure and make the nose more attractive.
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