Can ear cartilage be used to restore strength to a very weak nasal bridge?

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Ear Cartilage for Rhinoplasty?

Yes, ear cartilage could potentially be used, however, rib cartilage is likely better. Make sure to seek treatment from an experienced, qualified surgeon.

Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can ear cartilage be used to restore strength to a very weak nasal bridge?

Ear cartilage is a reasonable option to restore strength.

Find a plastic surgeon with ELITE credentials who performs hundreds of rhinoplasties and rhinoplasty revisions each year. Then look at the plastic surgeon's website before and after photo galleries to get a sense of who can deliver the results.

Kenneth Hughes, MD

Los Angeles, CA

Kenneth B. Hughes, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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Ear cartilage to restore a weak nasal bridge

Ear cartilage can be used to restore a week nasal bridge, however its best to use nasal cartilage first, unless the nose has been depleted of cartilage from a previous septoplasty.

William Portuese, MD
Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can ear cartilage be used to restore strength to a very weak nasal bridge?

There are a number of options that can be utilized to strengthen the nasal bridge: Ear cartilage, septal cartilage if it is available, rib cartilage, or bone grafts. The best option would depend on your individual anatomy and prior history.

Keep in mind that following advice from a surgeon on this or any other website who proposes to tell you exactly what to do without examining you, physically feeling your tissue, assessing your desired outcome, taking a full medical history and discussing the pros and cons of the operative procedure would not be in your best surgery. Natural appearing results need to be individualized and what is appropriate for one patient is not necessarily the best for someone else. I would suggest that you find a surgeon certified by the American Board of American Plastic Surgery and one who is ideally a member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) or facial plastic surgeon (otolaryngologist) that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your concerns with that surgeon in person.

Robert Singer, M.D., FACS

La Jolla, California

Robert Singer, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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