Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Rhinoplasty after previous septoplasty

Some patients who have had previous septoplasty for a deviated septum may later be interested in rhinoplasty or nose job surgery to make a cosmetic improvement in the appearance of their nose. These patients are still good candidates for surgery despite having previous nasal surgery.

Frequently, during rhinoplasty, we perform septoplasty to obtain cartilage for grafting purposes during the rhinoplasty portion of the procedure. This cartilage may be used for spreader grafts, strut grafts, or nasal tip grafts.

If there is insufficient cartilage in the septum from the previous septoplasty, cartilage may be taken from the ear during rhinoplasty. This will not change the shape of the ear or have a visible scar. Otherwise, if a significant amount of cartilage is needed, rib cartilage may be needed.

Dr. Funk is a rhinoplasty expert in Houston, TX.