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November 28, 2008 4:28 PM
There are some characteristic differences among nasal septal cartilage, ear cartilage and rib cartilage. They feel different. They carve differently. And they have different natural
There are some characteristic differences among nasal septal cartilage, ear cartilage and rib cartilage. They feel different. They carve differently. And they have different natural curvatures that need to be taken into account.
Septal (nose) cartilage is almost always the first choice for Facial Plastic Surgeons but many Plastic Surgeons prefer to go to ear cartilage due to training and comfort differences amongst surgeons.
Ear cartilage does work well for the tip. It can also be used for the pyramid but due to its natural curvature, it works better for the tip.
Septal (nose) cartilage is almost perfect for every part of the nose.
Its not so important which kind of cartilage is used. you have to ask yourself is your surgeon good enough to deliver what he is promising. You also have to ask your surgeon how is he planning on making your tip "smaller." Making the tip "smaller" has NOTHING TO DO AT ALL to the type of cartilage and EVERYTHING TO DO with the skill of your surgeon and his planning.
You also have to make sure your goals and your surgeons are realistic and that he is not just doing surgery for the sake of doing surgery. Insist on computer imaging to make sure you are both on the same page and see a few good surgeons before undergoing another Rhinoplasty.