Few plastic surgeries can change the physical appearance as drastically as a nose job. Even a slight augmentation to the nose can make a patient look and feel like a brand new person.
Recent advances in rhinoplasty have made the procedure even more attractive to patients as studies have shown that the best grafting material for use in nose reconstruction might come from the patient’s own rib cartilage.
In the past rhinoplasty surgery didn’t get the respect it deserved because the end results were often unsatisfactory due to the inability to find a great grafting material. The emergence of studies revealing rib cartilage as not only a suitable alternative, but the preferable alternative to other tissues has aided a renewal in the enthusiasm for this type of plastic surgery.
Previously surgeons would use bone cartilage from the septum or the concha of the ear to graft onto the nose to give it a new shape. Synthetic implants have also been used, however, none of these options gave the desired results and patients often felt displeased with the results of their procedure.
Studies done at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston claim that using rib cartilage provides fewer allergic reactions and better long term results. A survey was taken of 357 patients who had nasal reconstruction using rib cartilage and 94.2 per cent reported long term satisfaction with the results of their procedure.
Though cosmetic concerns are the number one reason for having a rhinoplasty done, many patients seek out the procedure to improve their ability to breathe. The rib cartilage seems to provide a better graft and therefore more stability for the long term success of the reconstructed nose. Revision rhinoplasty surgery was not requested with any of the patients surveyed and there were no reported allergic reactions when rib cartilage was used.
Though it is important for all candidates for cosmetic surgery to have realistic ideas of what they hope their surgery to achieve, because of the advances in rhinoplasty involving rib cartilage the potential negative results and side effects of the procedure have lessoned making it a more viable alternative for those who want to make a permanent change in their facial structure.