Why are grafts used in some rhinoplasty procedures? What are the grafts made of?
Rhinoplasty is as much architecture as it is art. Cartilage grafts and sometimes bone grafts are used to provide sturctural support and artistic detail. Grafts to the nasal septum and the part of the tip between the nostrils (the columella) are commonly used to provide support. Some small grafts to the tip are used for fine detail and to improve breathing. The most common source for a cartilage graft is your own nasal septum; but when there is not enough septal cartilage available, ear or rib cartilage may be used. Bone grafts are less common than they were 20 years ago.