I have had 4 revision surgeries where they use this stupid Irridiated cartilage which all 3 times have reabsorbed. I was told i was too Old at 48 to use my own rib. I think the body reabsorbed the other 3 times. I now have this white scar on the sid of my columella, when it was full in behind the columella and the columella fuller it was great.I do know the columella has retracked , can this be fixed
Can my Collumella Be Fixed
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Unfortunately irradiated cartilage has not worked for you. Your own cartilage from the septum, ear or ribs would be a better choice at this time. The scar could also be revised.
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Irradiated Columella Graft
Dear Revision Rhinoplasty Patient from Dekota,
Irradiated cadaver cartilage is an excellent choice for most revision rhinoplasty cases. However in your case may not be the proper choice. At this point cartilages harvested from your septum, ears or ribs are required to fix your columella. You may want to have a second opinion with a qualified plastic surgeon specializing in revision rhinoplasty, if all your rhinoplasty surgeries were done by one surgeon. Good luck
Persistent retracted columella
In addition to structurally strong cartilage from your own body (rib, ear, or septum) you may also need lengthening of the columellar skin using a skin flap - since it appears that you have scar contracture of the columella as well as loss of structural support
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Problems with irradiated cartialge graft and columella
Irradiated cartilage can be a good choice for some patients and many surgeons have a long track record of stable results with it.
However, it may not be the best choice for you. It's difficult to assess your problem fully given the single photographic views given. You may want to obtain additional opinions from other revision rhinoplasty experts regarding your problem to see what can be done.
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