If my operative report states a generous l strut of septum was left, can it be used for Revision Rhinoplasty?

It has been a few months since my surgery and my nose is short and still in a very upturned position. It is also overall much smaller than I wanted/expected. Would this septum be enough to lengthen the nose and then the ears to build up the size - bridge and tip or would rib probably be needed?

Doctor Answers 4

Septal cartilage

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A generous "L" strut can mean many different things and may not mean that there is enough for graft material.  Your surgeon might know .

New York Plastic Surgeon
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Septal Cartilage for Nasal Revision

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You are asking a very basic question about supply and demand. The answer depends on the amount of cartilage left in your septum and what will be needed for your revision. Don't be concerned; there are other sources of cartilage available, such as your ears. 

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Can it be used for Revision Rhinoplasty?

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Hard to know from the info you have provided alone. If your nose needs to be significantly enlarged, more cartilage than the septum and ear may be needed. Your residual septum is unlikely to have much left but both ears may yeild enough. Otherwise your choices are rib cartilage or an implant. Ask your surgeon for advice. Good luck.

Robert Graper, MD
Charlotte Plastic Surgeon
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Cartilage for Revision Rhinoplasty

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The correct answer depends on how much cartilage remains in your septum and how much cartilage you may need to affect the revision rhinoplasty changes that you desire. Your surgeon can best recommend which source of cartilage is required. Septal cartilage, rib, ear or irradiated rib cartilage options may all be considered, depending on what is needed in your particular case. 

Fred J. Bressler, MD, FACS
Houston Facial Plastic Surgeon

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