Rib Cartilage Beverly Hills
WARNING: Graphic Surgical Content
Rhinoplasty, especially revision rhinoplasty, requires cartilage for grafting material. Cartilage can be harvested from the septum, the ear, or from the rib. The great majority of patients having a first-time rhinoplasty will have enough cartilage in their septum and ears. But some patients having ethnic rhinoplasty, or those having revision rhinoplasty, will sometimes need rib cartilage harvest.
Rib cartilage is harvested through a 3 centimeter (1 inch) incision over the chest. In females, the incision is camouflaged in the crease under the breast. Rib cartilage harvest is safe in patients that have had breast augmentation. A piece of rib cartilage is removed, and the incision is closed with meticulous care to minimize scarring.
The rib cartilage has been harvested and is being cut into graft material. Cartilage grafts that need to remain straight are harvested from the central third of the rib because this region does not warp.
The rib cartilage has been carved into the required cartilage grafts. On the left is a columellar strut. In the middle are two alar rim grafts. On the right are two spreader grafts.
The scar for rib harvest is hidden in the crease where the breast meets the chest wall. The first patient is African American, accounting for the slightly darker scar.
Watch Videos of Rib Harvest and Rib Carving
(WARNING: Graphic Surgical Content)