Do rib and other crafts get attached to nasal bone? How long does it take?
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Rib Grafts to Nose
Rib grafts are cartilage while the upper nose is bone. Rib grafts do not grow into bone or vice versa. But the rib graft does attach to the nasal bone by scar tissue. It is possible to displace it after it has healed but not very easily.
Grafts and rhinoplasty
Many grafts are secured in place with sutures. Often these sutures are absorbable but scar tissue develops and keeps the grafts in place.
Cartilage grafts are often sutured into place, however, the exact technique depends on the type and placement of the graft. Over the course of 4-6 weeks the grafts gradually scar into place - forming a more permanant attachment to the surrounding cartilage and bone.
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Hello and thank you for your question. There are many options for spreader grafts and dorsal onlay grafts. It depends on the indication for the graft. Spreader grafts are sutured into place, whereas dorsal onlay grafts depend on a precision pocket dissection. Make sure you specifically look at before and after
pictures of real patients who have had this surgery performed by your surgeon
and not just a computer animation system. The most important
aspect is to find a surgeon you are comfortable with. I recommend that you seek
consultation with a qualified board-certified plastic surgeon who can evaluate
you in person.
Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
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