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A brief overview.
Rib cartilage grafting (also known as costal cartilage grafting) is one of the workhorses of revision rhinoplasty. Patients presenting for revision rhinoplasty often have problems that require cartilage grafting but in many of those patients there is not adequate cartilage present in the nose to be used as grafting material. Rib cartilage obtained from the patient's own body at the same time as the revision rhinoplasty makes the ideal grafting material for a number of reasons. The procedure to harvest the rib cartilage typically takes 20-30 minutes and requires placing an incision just over an inch on the chest. In women the incision is hidden nicely in the inframammary fold. . . . read more.
Ear cartilage grafting (also known as auricular cartilage grafting) is a traditional workhorse of revision rhinoplasty, especially when grafting is needed in the tip or alae (sides of nostrils). Ear cartilage is obtained from the back of the patient's ear at the same time as the revision. The procedure to harvest ear cartilage typically takes 10-15 minutes and requires placing an incision just over an inch on the back of the ear. . . . read more.