Q: Hi, I’m planning on getting an Asian rhinoplasty in November. I just got my breast augmentation done last week. I’m aware that my PS will probably be harvesting my rib cartilage to create a taller bridge for my nose. But how will he get it without poking my implant? Can he use any other cartilage aside from the rib? I want a taller nose, but I don’t want him puncturing my implant while he harvests my rib cartilage. Also, I don’t want any silicone implant up my nose. Thank you.
A: For a rhinoplasty specialist experienced in rib cartilage harvest, this is a very common scenario. Approximately a third of my female patients have had breast augmentation. Rib cartilage harvest leaves a thin ~2 cm scar hidden in the right breast, but does not alter the breast or breast implant in any way.
Rib cartilage harvest does have risks, and that is why it is so important to seek out a surgeon proficient in this procedure to ensure the safest results.