I had a non-functional (i.e. not for breathing purposes) spreader graft inserted several years ago; the graft was inserted merely to improve appearance. Now I would like to have it removed as it has caused my nose to become too wide, and it has also distorted some of the nasal skin. Can such a graft be removed even though it has been in place for quite some time? Are there additional complications?
Can a Spreader Graft Be Removed After It Has Been in Place for Several Years?
Doctor Answers 1
Spreader Grafts can be removed
Hi there. A spreader graft can be removed, BUT this would require you to have a revision rhinoplasty.
Without a photo I can't discuss any specifics, but traditional spreader grafts do not distort your nasal skin. They are placed flush with your septal and upper-lateral nasal cartilages and thus don't usually do anything to the skin.
A revision rhinoplasty would involve the same risks as your first procedure:
- unsatisfactory outcome
- compromised breathing
- need for revision surgery
- risk of the anesthetic
Revision rhinoplasty is a much more challenging procedure and I'd suggest finding a very experienced rhinoplasty surgeon in your area. Dr. Wayne Larrabbee or Dr. Craig Murakami are two amongst many experienced rhinoplasty surgeons in the Seattle area.