Researchers at the University of Texas recently evaluated the use of rib cartilage grafts during rhinoplasty and found that the technique was “well-tolerated” and “yields superb results.”
During rhinoplasty, cartilage can be taken from the septum or the ear, but sometimes that’s not an option. In such cases, rib cartilage from a donor can be used.
What surgeons want is a graft material that meets conditions like these, as outlined by the authors of the study:
- Readily available in large quantities
- Resists infection
- Resists absorption
- Completely integrated into host tissues
- Causes little patient morbidity
Based on their research, rib cartilage taken from human donors appears to be a viable option for rhinoplasty and revision rhinoplasty. When researchers viewed long-term (24 year span) results of patients who used these grafts, they documented low complication and high satisfaction rates.