I had some questions for you. I was told that I need some cartilage from my ear for a revision rhinoplasty for my tip. I really do not want any thing on my face touched except for my nose. Is there any way to get cartilage from my ribs or is that a harder operation or will the outcome be more unpredictable with rib cartilage for the tip. I don’t want the look or shape of my ear to change at all. Is this possible and if there is no other option than for the cartilage to be taken from the ear, is there any way to make sure the look and shape doesn’t change. Thanks
Auricular (ear) cartilage is a very common source of cartilage for revision rhinoplasty. Its great for tip reconstruction but not so great for the bridge. It is easy to harvest and safer than harvesting rib cartilage.
If done properly through a post-auricular incision, there should be almost no true noticeable difference after harvest of your ear cartilage.
Your other option is frozen or cadaveric rib graft.
It all depends on the bias, experience and preference of your surgeon.
Rib is a great source when lots of cartilage is needed.
I hope this helped.