When grafts are needed for nose implants, are they usually from the patient’s own body?
A: Grafts for rhinoplsty
The best grafts used for nasal surgery or rhinoplasty will often come from your own body. Such locations as the nose itself (septum), the ear and the rib, are the primary locations from which cartilage is harvested. If a patient does not have sufficient amounts of their own cartilage available (due to previous surgery or injury) then alloplastic (synthetic) materials may be used. These plastic-like materials are not preferred to the natural cartilages of the body due to their higher infection rates. However, they certainly are an option for nasal surgery in the absence of your body’s own cartilage.
Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon prior to a rhinoplasty or revision rhinoplasty procedure.