I'm going in for my first (and hopefully last) rhinoplasty in 2 weeks. I want a very conservative change- make my dorsum and tip more narrow and slightly more defined (osteotomy and tip sutures), but my doctor thinks I need a cartilage graft to correct the slight dip (see picture). He says that the graft will slightly add height to the tip, too. Do I need to correct the dip, and will the graft change the shape of the tip and make it pointy? I don't want a pointy tip- just slightly more defined.
Cartilage Graft to Fix Dip in Nose?
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Graft to fix nasal dip.
The tip will not be pointy if done properly. The graft for the bridge dip can be cartilage or soft tissue depending on the depth and the skill of the surgeon with both materials. Make sure you make clear to the surgeon that you only want the dip done and nothing else if that is the case.
Fixing a dip in the nose
The dip in the nose is created by a very high dorsal hump which when removed will give a nice aesthetic profile to the nose. It appears that only minimal tip surgery needs to be performed, large dorsal reduction with hump removal, and osteotomies would probably be all that is needed.
Primary Rhinoplasty and Cartilage Grafts: Building blocks for the nose
Rhinoplasty is a very individual procedure which can be personalized to correct specific complaints. It sounds like you have very simple complaints that are reasonable based on your photo, however these simple complaints may require differing degrees of correction which may entail a combination of operative maneuvers, including cartilage grafts. It would not be unreasonable to place a graft in combination with tip suturing, and there are a multitude of cartilage grafts which have been described. A complete nasal analysis would be the only way to delineate what you need and then computerized imaging may give you an idea of what each maneuver can do. Typically, in a primary rhinoplasty the graft is harvested and fashioned from the septum which is expendable. For the "dip" you describe, it may require some internal support grafts which will not predispose you to the tip characteristics you mentioned. I hope this helps.
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Why Gamble With Rhinoplasty? First, "Test Drive" a Filler.
Hello, Almond Lotion.
Seems to me that you should consider a more predictable, less expensive answer to your problem. After all, cartilage grafting is fine when it works out perfectly, but........ there are never guarantees.
Have you considered have a filler injected, to fill the dip instead of rhinoplasty?
To " test drive" or " demo" the potential improvement, ask your surgeon to inject sterile salt water ( saline) and to show you how you would like the result obtained with a filler. The saline will disappear in a couple of hours. The other benefit from this " test" is that you get to determine how much and exactly where you want you want the improvement. You control the results. " Put a little bit more here and let's see how that looks, Doctor".
Hard to fault the logic of this. You can always have the surgery if you are not happy with the prospect of having a filler injected but if it were I, the decision to at least see the result of filling would be #1 on my list.
Robert Kotler, MD, FACS
Author, SECRETS OF A BEVERLY HILLS COSMETIC SURGEON
Cartilage Graft to Fix Dip in Your Nose
Cartilage grafts and fascia can be used to fill "dips" or improve contour and definition without making the tip "pointy". Make sure you and your surgeon have the same goals and expectations. A second opinion might be helpful.
Differences in Rhinoplasty Technique Is Best Seen By Computer Imaging
The decision to straighten or smooth the dorsal line of your nose can be done by hump reduction or middle vault and tip augmentation. Either approach could be correct if it achieves the look that you want. While you want and need to trust the experience and judgment of your plastic surgeon, you also want to have the final look that you think looks best. You should go back to your plastic surgeon and see computer imaging based on these two different approaches and see which one you like the best. Each approach will create a slightly different look to your nose.
Nasal tip cartilage or not?
The good outcome after rhinoplasty is very directly related to the expertise and experience of the surgeon.
If your surgeon feels that a graft is necessary ,probably he' s basing it on his own experience and prior results.If you trust him then let him proceed , otherwise look for a second opinion by another surgeon who can examine your nose.
Often I can achieve tip correction with sutures only. Tip grafts can sometimes be very noticeable through the skin.
Cartilage grafts in the nasal tip when really needed
Your concerns are correct in that tip grafts will be visible after your procedure. If the grafts are done well the nose will not be pointy and can greatly enhance the projection and definition. It is true also that with open suture techniques that we use tip grafts much less often. We suggest working from computer simulations or photos so that you and your surgeon understand the goals and expectations. Once you set the understood plan into action you will have to rely on the instincts and experience of the surgeon you have placed your trust in.
Best of luck,
Consider filler trial before rhinoplasty
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