Cartilage and Revision Rhinoplasty
No, your cartilage does not have to be straight to be used in your revision rhinoplasty, it can be straighten during surgery. If it cannot be used, ear cartilage can be used as an alternative.
The main thing is to determine if there is enough septum cartilage after your previous rhinoplasty during the initial exam, otherwise ear cartilage would be used.
Good question. The cartilage of your septum is never perfectly straight. The surgeon has ways of straightening it so it can be used.
Deviated septum cartilage harvesting for rhinoplasty
There is usually plenty of straight cartilage is present in the cartilaginous portion of the septum for revision rhinoplasty purposes, as long as it has not been removed from the previous rhinoplasty. The posterior half of the septum is composed of bone and is more frequently twisted
Septal cartilage is the main source of cartilage
The answer to your question is yes; septal cartilage is the main source of cartilage material for rhinoplasty surgery, whether for a primary or revision procedure. The cartilage can be shaped according to the specific needs of the procedure.
Using the septal cartilage for a revision rhinoplasty?
If there is sufficient amount of septal cartilage, it can usually be used in a revision rhinoplasty. Even if the cartilage is curved, there are portions that are generally straight and there are also techniques to straighten and make the curved portion usable.
suggest you find a plastic surgeon with extensive nasal surgery experience who
is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and ideally a member of
the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) or a facial plastic
surgeon that you trust and are comfortable with. You should discuss your
concerns with that surgeon in person.
Robert Singer, MD FACS
La Jolla, California
If my septum is deviated can that cartilage be used in a revision rhinoplasty, or does the cartilage have to be straight?
Septal cartilage can usually be used.
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
Septoplasty & Rhinoplasty
Cartilage harvested during a septoplasty for a deviated septum can certainly be used to correct a cosmetic nasal deformity. While there are typically curvatures in the cartilage, there are usually segments that are straight enough to be used. Consult with a surgeon experienced in septo-rhinoplasties. Best wishes.