Rhinoplasty or nose job surgery changes the shape of the nose. This is frequently done with shaping cartilage grafts that are taken from the septum (the wall that separates the two sides of the nose). A deviated septum may be crooked due to trauma, passage through the birth canal, or pubescent growth. During rhinoplasty, deviated septum surgery or septoplasty may be performed while obtaining the cartilage for grafting purposes. This will straighten the septum and allow the surgeon to remove the deviated cartilage and use it for aesthetic purposes or support of the tip. Grafts that are frequently used with septal cartilage are a columellar strut, spreader grafts, or a shield graft. The septal cartilage can also be used to build up the bridge of the nose with ethnic rhinoplasty.
Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty expert in Houston, TX.