Rib cartilage for rhinoplasty. It will last a lifetime!
Rib cartilage whne harvested from you will last a lifetime.
Multiple studies have shown that the rib cartilage that has been radiated such as the case with cadaver rib cartilage graft will resorb to a varying degree.
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If you are using your own rib cartilage in your rhinoplasty, it usually last for the rest of your life. If cadaver rib cartilage is used, which is rarely used, it has a higher rate of resorption. Good luck!
Rib cartilage grafts to the nose are generally stable in volume once healed. Depending upon how they are harvested and shaped, their problems are more of warping and midline stability than they are about volume loss over time.
Rib cartilage will last forever but there will be some shrinkage of the graft in the first 6 to 9 months and then some subtle changes to it over the next year or so. It's a great material for rhinoplasty depending on what you're needs are. If we knew a little more about your case we could tell you more about the pro's and con's of different grafts.
Chase Lay, MD
Rhinoplasty with rib cartilage lasts forever once the initial healing is done. There is usually no need to go to the rib since most patients have enough cartilage in their septum or ears to do the job with a lot less pain.
Rib cartilage grafts for rhinoplasty work very well when they are used to increase projection of the dorsum. They are usually permanent but may suffer some degree of resorption. Depending on the technique used they may show warping and even displacement.
Rib cartilage, ear cartilage and septal cartilage are all technically permanent grafts. However, some molding and remodelling and melting can occur and some grafts can completely disappear due to infection or blood supply but for the most part they are "permanent.".