Q: I am getting an Asian rhinoplasty and the Dr. wants to use my ear cartilage. I want it to look very different – very defined tall skinny bridge with a very turned up tip. Can I get this look with ear cartilage or would an implant be better?
A: In order to achieve the maximal amount of definition and refinement during Asian rhinoplasty, rib cartilage is often necessary. Unless you already have a significant amount of tip projection and dorsal height, it will be necessary to add support and structure to your nose which can not be provided by septal and ear cartilage alone.
Implants can look fantastic for a few years, but they are not a permanent option and far from the best option. With time they have an unacceptably high risk of complications. Using tissue from your own body (autologous grafts) is safer, and when performed by an Asian rhinoplasty specialist, will give you the most dramatic results.