Will an Autologous Rib Cartilage Graft Help Achieve Desired Results?

Q: I’m in the last few months of researching before I schedule a date for my rhinoplasty. I am most interested in the autologous rib cartilage graft instead of using synthetic materials for height. I was wondering, for the rhinoplasty procedure, is this achievable? A doctor told me he will be using my 7th rib cartilage to achieve the height.

A: Depending on the extensibility of your skin, it may or may not be possible.  Without question, using rib cartilage will be the best option to achieve maximal projection and refinement of your nose.

Especially when building up the nose a significant amount, using synthetic implants will put excess tension and stress on the skin, ultimately thinning it and causing issues down the road.

About Donald B. Yoo, M.D.

Dr. Yoo is a board-certified surgeon, fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery with extensive experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. He specializes in rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation surgery (including blepharoplasty and facelift), and Asian cosmetic surgery (including Asian rhinoplasty and Asian blepharoplasty/Asian eyelid surgery). His office is located at: 120 S Spalding Dr Suite 315, Beverly Hills, CA 90212, 310-275-2467.
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