My footplates were cut off by my doctor. Can anything be done to replace the little triangle?
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Structural Revision Rhinoplasty
Thank you for your question. I am sorry you are going through this. In revisions requiring major tip reconstruction including adding length and columellar support, it is likely you will need cartilage grafting from a source besides your nose. This would either be ear (most likely) or rib. In that case, the grafts might be able to be carved in such a way as to re-create damaged or lost structures like the medial crural footplates. When doing this, I always advise the patient that I am making the best of the situation and that I may be able to create a very close approximation of the lost or damaged structure, it will not likely appear exactly like the original. There is hope, but I encourage you to face the very real prospect that it may not quite look or feel as it used to. I hope this helps and I am sorry if this is not the news you were hoping to hear.
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