Dear Doctors, I underwent revision rhinoplasty with rib cartilage grafts roughly 2 years ago. The cartilage harvest portion of the operation has left my chest structure distorted and flat in the area where the cartilage was harvested. I am an athletic male with an athletic body and this is VERY bothersome for me. Is It possible to regrow the cartilage on my rib bones and return my chest to normal? Thank you kindly for any answers to my dilemma.
Rib Cartilage Harvest Scar Repair?
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Chest defect following cartilage harvest
Thank you for your question. It not uncommon to see a depression on the chest wall following cartilage harvest. If this is a big concern, my advise would be fat injection to the depressed area.
Rib cartilage defect for rhinoplasty
This is a perfect job for fat grafting. The fat in athletes is taken from the flank and injected in the contour defect. A phenomenon I cant explain is the injected fat feels like the tissue it is replacing...It wont feel soft like fat.For example when the nose is injected with fat for a dent and when healed it feels like nose not fat. Strange .
Rib cartilage Graft
You need to have in person consult, to evaluate the defect and what are the options, May consider fat grafting.
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