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When Is A Cartilage Graft Needed For Rhinoplasty Surgery?

By: Dr. Christopher Khorsandi


For millions of men and women, rhinoplasty offers the life-changing opportunity to get a smaller nose. However, some patients actually hope to augment their nose with rhinoplasty surgery. In these cases, cartilage grafting can be an extremely beneficial addition to nose surgery. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi and the acclaimed team at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV are proud to offer the most cutting-edge rhinoplasty techniques available, including advanced cartilage grafting, to help patients achieve the nose of their dreams. Learn more about a cartilage graft rhinoplasty here, and find out whether it may be the solution you’ve been searching for.

Benefits of rhinoplasty surgery

While rhinoplasty surgery is often performed to enhance the size, shape, or other cosmetic aspect of the nose, it can also have a number of functional benefits. Some of the most common concerns and symptoms that can be addressed or corrected with rhinoplasty surgery include:

  • Nose size
  • Nose shape
  • Width of nose
  • Nostril size
  • Bump in bridge of nose
  • Asymmetric nose
  • Deviated septum
  • Crooked nose
  • Hooked tip of nose
  • Difficulty breathing through nose
  • Snoring/sleep disturbance

Can rhinoplasty make your nose bigger?

A tremendous number of men and women seek rhinoplasty in Las Vegas to make their nose smaller, more feminine, or more proportional with the rest of their face. However, some patients actually hope to augment certain nasal features. For these patients, Dr. Khorsandi may utilize cartilage grafting.

What is a cartilage graft rhinoplasty?

During a cartilage graft rhinoplasty, Dr. Khorsandi harvests a small amount of healthy, flexible cartilage from the patient’s ear, rib, or nasal septum and uses it to sculpt the desired nose shape.

Who needs cartilage grafting for rhinoplasty?

Any patient looking to add volume to certain parts of the nose may benefit from a cartilage graft rhinoplasty. Oftentimes, cartilage grafting is used to help patients of certain cultural backgrounds augment a flat nasal bridge or add projection to a short nasal tip during ethnic rhinoplasty. Frequently cited concerns that can be improved with cartilage transfer rhinoplasty include:

  • Short nose
  • Flat nose
  • Concave nasal bridge
  • Small nose
  • Short nasal tip
  • Asymmetric nose
  • Previously botched rhinoplasty
  • Sunken nostrils
  • Asymmetric nostrils
  • Birth defect
  • Nose injury/trauma

During your initial consultation for rhinoplasty in Las Vegas, Dr. Khorsandi will carefully examine your nose, discuss your specific concerns and desired outcomes, and determine the most appropriate type of rhinoplasty for you. Some of the most frequently performed nasal surgeries, which may or may not include cartilage grafting, are:

Will I have scars after a cartilage graft rhinoplasty?

In most cases, rhinoplasty scars themselves are virtually imperceptible. This is especially true for patients who undergo closed rhinoplasty, which involves incisions only on the inside of the nose. When cartilage grafting is required, Dr. Khorsandi takes great care to keep visible scarring at the cartilage removal site to a minimum. For patients whose cartilage is harvested from the ear or nasal septum, the incisions can typically be fully concealed within the natural contours of the body. Even patients whose cartilage is taken from the rib still enjoy minimal scarring, as the required incision is exceedingly small. If you are concerned about scarring with cartilage graft rhinoplasty, don’t hesitate to discuss this with Dr. Khorsandi so that he can customize your surgical plan to meet your individual needs.

Get the beautiful, natural-looking nose you were meant to have with advanced rhinoplasty in Las Vegas, NV

Whether cartilage grafting is included or not, the primary goal of cosmetic rhinoplasty at VIP Plastic Surgery in Las Vegas, NV is to enhance the patient’s natural beauty and create harmony between the facial features. For patients with trouble breathing or problems sleeping, functional rhinoplasty is also available. Whatever your nasal concerns may be, we can help. To learn more about our cutting-edge rhinoplasty techniques, including precision cartilage grafting, call us today to schedule your private consultation or virtual appointment with esteemed, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Khorsandi today!

* All information subject to change. Images may contain models. Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary.