Revision rhinoplasty may require cartilage grafting from other areas if there is insufficient septal cartilage available. One area is the conchal cartilage. This is the portion of ear cartilage that forms the bowl like appearance in front of the ear canal. The incision is behind the ear and ear cartilage for revision rhinoplasty is a common practice. Ear cartilage for revision rhinoplasty does not change the shape of the ear. Ear cartilage is a good option when cartilage grafts are needed for the tip region. However, this cartilage is flimsy and curved and therefore does not do well for spreader grafts or grafts needing rigidity or stability.
Dr. Funk is a top revision rhinoplasty surgeon in Houston, TX.