What is revision rhinoplasty?
It’s the term that is used to define cases where a previous rhinoplasty requires a correction surgery.
What is the difference between revision rhinoplasty from regular rhinoplasty?
In these operations, cartilage removed from inside the nose is used to reshape the nose. If sufficient cartilage cannot be found, it can be provided either from the ear or the rib. Revision rhinoplasty is more difficult and requires more experience.
Does cartilage harvested from the ear or rib lead to any deformities?
No, it doesn’t lead to any deformity.
Does cartilage harvested from the ear or rib leave any skin marks?
Cartilage from the ear is harvested through a 2-3 cm incision from the back of ear, whereas cartilage from the rib is harvested through a 3-4 cm incision from under the breast line. The skin marks due to incision can be minimized with proper wound care.
How does the use of ear cartilage vs. rib cartilage differ?
It completely depends on the needs of the patient, in complicated cases rib cartilage is preferred.