Can you do a secondary rib cartilage graft for rhinoplasty?
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Rib graft revision
Rib graft revisions are required most often after use of a rib block graft that warps; now your nose rib grafting is done using diced cartilage which is wrapped like a burrito and thus not prone to warping; I would recommend you consider use of an organ donated rib graft which will save you unnecessary operative time needed to harvest the graft as well as avoid prolonged recovery time. This cartilage is safe and inexpensive. There is no way of knowing if your rib graft is usable or not until we remove it, but I wouldn't count on it as it has likely resorbed if it is unstable or warping.
Revision rhinoplasty: sources of cartilage
Revision or Secondary rhinoplasty is a surgery to change the shape of your nose after you have already had a previous rhinoplasty.
Depending on the goals of the surgery, you may or may not need additional cartilage grafts. In revision surgery, grafts may be removed, adjusted, or repurposed for other grafts. If there is a need for a graft that is long and strong, another rib may be harvested. It may be harvested from the same side as the previous rib harvest or the surgeon may go to the other side. I would recommend talking to the surgeon who did your first rib harvest rhinoplasty or surgeon who is experienced in revision rhinoplasty and rib cartilage harvest. Safety comes first.
Revision Rhinoplasty with Rib Cartilage
Depending on how much rib cartilage was used in your initial surgery, the cartilage can be reused and may be sufficient for what you are trying to achieve. It all depends on how much cartilage is needed to obtain the results you seek. Please consult with a board certified specialist who can help you achieve the results you seek. 3-dimensional computer imaging can also help you visualize what you may look like afterwards and serve as an important communication tool with your surgeon.
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Reuse of rib cartilage?
You should NOT need another rib graft. The rib graft u have can be reshaped and septal or ear cartilage can be added if needed.
Revision rib cartilage harvest for rhinoplasty
If you were interested in undergoing an additional rhinoplasty procedure that required more cartilage then you would likely need to undergo a second rib cartilage harvest. The cartilage within your nose may be able to be salvaged but I wouldn't depend on that. Good luck!
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