Many of my Houston revision rhinoplasty patients who come to my office have had a previous septoplasty for a deviated septum and therefore do not have sufficient septal cartilage for a revision rhinoplasty. With patients who require strong straight grafts of cartilage to straighten a crooked nose or build up the bridge with revision rhinoplasty, rib cartilage may be necessary as ear cartilage is curved, more flimsy, and not as strong. Cadaver rib is a good option over your own rib as it spares a second surgical site which avoids the scar, pain, and possible risks involved with getting your own rib. Studies have shown that the risk of infection and warping is similar with both rib cartilages.
Dr. Funk is a revision rhinoplasty specialist in Houston Texas.