Rhinoplasty Specialists Use Ribcage Cartilage for Better Results

Rhinoplasty, or nose job surgery, is among the most sought-after plastic surgery procedures in the United States and continues to offer a wealth of benefits for men and women that want to improve their facial profile or correct facial flaws. A recent study at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston reveals that the success rate of a rhinoplasty procedure can be increased when doctors incorporate ribcage cartilage instead of cartilage from the septum or ear to support the nose.

Researchers at the University of Texas surveyed more than 350 patients who had undergone the procedure that involved the use of ribcage cartilage and found that 94 percent of patients were very satisfied with the results.

The cartilage in the ribcage is much stronger and thicker than the cartilage found in the ear, so it may be a much better match for the rhinoplasty procedure.

“Rib rhinoplasty” involves a procedure known as coastal cartilage grafting, a procedure where the rib is harvested through an incision along the chest wall to remove the cartilage portion of the rib. The fifth or sixth rib is typically used for this procedure because of its shape and configuration. While there are some risk sinvolved in removing cartilage from the ribs – namely cartilage warping and a loss of air from the lungs – the effects of the procedure promise much better results than traditional procedures.

According to Dr. Anil Shah of Shah Facial Plastics, there are several benefits of coastal cartilage grafting. “There is less overaugmentation in patients along the bridge. It is much easier to place a graft all the way to the root of the nose…placing the graft and a lower position is much more technically demanding, however it can yield much better aesthetic results.”

This innovative technique is currently used by only a handful of plastic surgeons around the United States.

Further Reading

  • Kim Kardashian continues to shoulder rumors about having plastic surgery, and some people report that the star has had multiple procedures including liposuction, breast augmentation, and Botox. Kim has admitted to having Botox, as well as VelaShape treatments designed to treat cellulite and smooth out the skin. She reportedly undergoes laser facial treatments to maintain her smooth skin and ward off the effects of aging. But has she really gone under the knife for more extensive procedures?

  • Have you been thinking about getting a nose job? Most nose job surgeries are fairly easy to perform and carry few risks, but you may not be able to achieve your ideal nose shape after your first procedure. The outcome of your rhinoplasty procedure typically depends on the skill of the surgeon, and how well you’ve been able to convey your goals during the consultation. To make things easier, a company has developed a 3D imaging device that can reasonably project the results of your nose job surgery. This exciting new technology was recently featured on The Doctors TV show and allows the physician to make very subtle chances to your picture so that you can see exactly what you will look like after surgery.

  • If you’ve been obsessing about the size and shape of your nose and have considered a nose job, your surgeon may request a screening to make sure you are not suffering from a mental illness called body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). One of the common signs of BDD is an unnatural preoccupation with slight or even imagined defects of the appearance, which may include the nose shape or size, excess body fat or even breast size. Many people with BDD tend to have a history of wanting or undergoing cosmetic surgery to “fix” their appearance and are often returning to the doctor’s office for more procedures because they are simply unhappy with the outcome.