Cartilage Graft in Nose to Correct Dimple?

I had rhinoplasty about 10 years ago after I broke my nose. Recently, I noticed a dimple/depression on the left side of nose (near turbinate). Not sure what caused it, but my ps recommended a cartilage graft. It's been about a week and the dimple has improved, but is not fully gone. It's especially evident when I smile or scrunch my face up/ Wondering if it will get better with time? Or is this an indication of my perm results?

Doctor Answers 7

A Cartilage Graft for a Dimple Following a Rhinoplasty Would Work- But Filler May Be a Better Option

While a cartilage graft should work for your dimple, I would recommend starting with a small amount of filler into the area. Given that the dimple sounds like it is changing, a temporary solution (the filler) might be the best initial option. If you like the results of the filler, and the dimple returns when the filler wears off, a cartilage graft would then make sense. Good luck.

Greenwood Village Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nose Simple Correction

For the persistent indentation, divot or dimple after rhinoplasty (one year or more postop), an injectable filler or a cartilage graft can provide a correction. You may consider an injectable filler approach first because it is easily and quickly done and only consider a cartilage graft if the filler material does not persist. 

Barry L. Eppley, MD, DMD
Indianapolis Plastic Surgeon
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Cartilage Graft Results


It is very early to assess the results of the cartilage graft you had.

Dimples are usually treated either via the surgical approach (permanent) or through a non-surgical approach: the fillers (temporary).

I recommend that you be a little more patient and to make sure that you follow your surgeon's instructions religiously.

Usually, it take up to a year for the final results to be established regardless of the size of the graft.

I hope this helps.

Thank you for your question/post.

The best of wishes to you.

Dr. Sajjadian

Ali Sajjadian, MD, FACS
Orange County Plastic Surgeon
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Too soon, but there are many types of grafts to repair true divots and irregularities: after one year of healing time, regarding rhinoplasty.

Robert Shumway, MD
San Diego Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Nasal Cartilage Graft to Correct Dimple

First I would want to examine you to try to determine the cause of the dimple. This is unusual 10 years after your rhinoplasty. A cartilage graft or a filler can be used to eliminate the dimple.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Cartilage Graft to Nasal Dimple


You are to soon in the recovery phase to determine any results at this time. Give this several months to heal and follow up with your surgeon during this process so that you may have your questions answered and give you some peace of mind during this waiting period.Best regards!

Michael Elam, MD
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Cartilage Graft in Nose to Correct Dimple

You will have to wait for the healing process to complete which is between 9-12 months. Occasionally, excessive swelling may exaggerate the dimpling.

Mohsen Tavoussi, MD, DO
Orange County Facial Plastic Surgeon
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