How is Autologous Cartilage Graft Rhinoplasty Done?

There are some cases where patients have to undergo an autologous cartilage graft rhinoplasty, and not have artificial nose implants. When speaking about risks and possible complications after getting a nose job, using artificial implants are much more dangerous than using nose implants that are not artificial and are taken from the patient’s own body. In the case of autologous cartilage graft rhinoplasty, the patient’s own cartilage obtained from other part of the body will be obtained and used as a nose implant. Most of the time in autologous cartilage graft rhinoplasty, cartilage from the patient’s rib cage will be used as a nose implant.

Autologous Cartilage Graft Rhinoplasty

Autologous Cartilage Graft Rhinoplasty Done

From the word “autologous” meaning the donor and the recipient is the patient himself. In autologous cartilage graft rhinoplasty, just as mentioned earlier, will make use of the patient’s own cartilage obtained from another part of the body and used as a nose implant. Since cartilage will be obtained from another part of the patient’s body to be used as a nose implant, the surgeon will choose the best area where the cartilage to be obtained is curved and not smooth. The rib cage area has a curved and not smooth cartilage, making it perfect for an autologous cartilage graft rhinoplasty.

Methods of Obtaining Autologous Cartilage Graft Rhinoplasty

Below, I will provide a simplified explanation and steps on how the autologous cartilage graft rhinoplasty will be done, since surgeons and other doctors will usually explain on how the procedure is done using complicated terminologies, which makes it hard for many people to easily understand.

  1. Before surgically obtaining cartilage from the patient’s rib cage, the size of the patient’s nose should always be measured first to determine the size of the cartilage that will be needed to obtain.
  2. Once the size of the cartilage is already determined, the surgeon will then cut or incise usually 4 cm to 5 cm in front of the rib cage where cartilage will be taken. Usually it is in front of the 9th rib cage.
  3. The desired size of the cartilage needed will then be obtained. However, it is during this point wherein it is very crucial for surgeon’s to make a mistake. Surgeons should carefully remove the cartilage needed and making sure that a complete rib membrane and pars of cartilage will remain for better and faster regeneration of the taken cartilage.
  4. Once the size of the cartilage taken from the rib cage is confirmed to be enough and right, the surgeon will then stitch and close the incision site made on the rib cage.

Author: M.L.G

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