I had a revision rhinoplasty recently, and the graft tissue used was irradiated costal cartilage. Evidently, my first surgeon was unorthodox in his techniques, and this surgeon required a great deal of material to rebuild. The surgery took 7 hours. I was not told prior to the surgery that this would be an option, so now, of course, I am worrying over it.
While I am not upset at the results, even two weeks out from the surgery it looks straighter and collapse free, it is hard like a mannequin's nose. I guess this is a characteristic of this material. Will it ever soften? Also, what is the amount of shrinking that occurs over time with this material? It is so solid I cannot imagine any shrinking taking place. What happens if something strikes my nose? I feel as if this is more likely to crack and less to bend.