In a Rhinoplasty, is it possible to reconstruct the alar cartilage with a large part amputated from previous surgery?
Dr. Tim Mellor
Dr. Tim Mellor
Oral and maxillo-facial surgeon, Plastic surgeon
Havant
Yes it is but the surgeon will have to harvest a cartilage graft from either the septum of the nose or from ear cartilage, in order to replace the missing cartilage on the alar.

Mr. Hagen Schumacher
Mr. Hagen Schumacher
Plastic surgeon
Huntingdon
If the cartilage has been previously removed and the surgeon wants to re-use it, the tissue should be stored under appropriate conditions which keep the tissue clean and maintain it's quality. This is regulated by the Human Tissue Act. The regulations are complex and there are many demand to a medical unit that wants to store tissues. For this reason and others re-use of amputated parts is not routinely done in most units.
It is however possible to transfer cartilage obtained during the same operation. Cartilage grafts for nose surgery are usually harvested from nose, ear and rib cartilage in that order of frequency.

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