In regards to rhinoplasty, what does resorption of grafts mean? I have a cartilage tip graft and strut, and how would I know if they were resorbed or not?
Rhinoplasty, What Does Resorption of Grafts Mean?
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Resorption of cartilage graft in the nose
On rare occasions cartilage grafts that are placed inside the nose do not get nourishment from surrounding tissues, the graft breaks down and disappears. If that should occur, they need to be redone. If there is an obvious divot or depression in the nose from where the graft was previously placed, that might be indicative of having graft resorption.
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Resorption of grafts means the grafting material(s) begin to dissolve making the nose appear asymmetric, collapsed or otherwise distorted as the shape created, during the Rhinoplasty, changes.
Graft resorption may be treated with fillers
Most rhinoplasty grafts are made of the patient's cartilage. Tip grafts give shape and definition to the nasal tip. Strut grafts give support to the nasal tip from below. There are several changes that may occur after the placement of grafts.
- The grafts may move or shift,
- The effects may be changed by scar tissue
- The grafts may decrease in size (resorption or absorption by the body)
If the effects of the grafts have been lost or altered or you just aren't happy with the current shape of your nose, consider trying a non-surgical solution. Fillers may be placed to improve the tip shape and camouflage a nasal bump.
Non-surgical rhinoplasty is a great option for revision cases, because it avoids a lot of the risk involved with multiple operations.
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Rhinoplasty and graft resorption
Graft resorption means that the tissue or material used as a graft gets absorbed by the body over time after it has been placed. Typically, this does not occur when your own cartilage is used.
Resorption of Grafts after Rhinoplasty
'Resorption' of grafts means they are absorbed after placement. This is least likely when the patient's own cartilage is used. You would see a change in nasal appearance if the grafts did absorb.
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