When using ear cartilage as an alar graft, can you tell it's there?
Are Alar Grafts Visible?
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Alar grafts rarely visible
There are a number of different types of alar grafts and different sources of cartilage that can be used to make alar grafts. If done correctly alar grafts can make a big improvement in both appearance and function of the nose such as in this case.
Alar Grafts Visible?
When cartilage alar grafts are employed by a competent experienced rhinoplasty surgeon, in cases where these grafts are essential and beneficial, they should not be readily detectable or visible.
Alar grafts, rhinoplasty, ear cartilage
If the nasal skin is not too thin then auricular cartilage alar grafts should not be too visible. In thin skinned patients, subtle camoflage of the grafts can be performed with thin overlay grafts of perichondrium from the ear or other materials.
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Alar grafts should not be visible
No, alar grafts are not visible if placed in the proper anatomical position. Using ear cartilage for alar grafts tend to be stiffer than nose cartilage. In palpating or touching the nose, the ear cartilage is a little stiffer once it is inserted inside the nose than if nose cartilage were use.
Visibility of Alar Grafts.
Alar grafts havested from the ear and placed by an experienced surgeon should not be seen. The thickness of the skin and the location of graft placement will be evaluated by an experienced surgeon.
When placed correctly and with proper healing, cartilage grafts should not be visible in terms of seeing the graft. The effect of the graft should be visible in terms of changing the contour of the nose or ala as the intention of the surgery. Good luck.
Alar grafts not visible normally.
The thicker skin of the tip usually does not show the underlying grafts, if done properly. See an experienced rhinoplasty surgeon and discuss this with him.
Alar cartilage grafts
In the majority of cases, alar grafts are not visible. But, they do provide structure and support to the trim and tip of the nose.
Nostril (Alar) Cartilage Grafts
Nostril (alar) grafts are usually placed to prevent collapse on inspiration and deep breathing or to correct notching from a previous surgery. In the majority of cases, these grafts are invisible. The exception is in people with very thin skin. this in uncommon since in most people the skin of the nasal tip is much thicker than on the bridge and upper nose.
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