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What is a graft and what is it used for?

March 03rd, 2008 | Category: Rhinoplasty Techniques

A graft is any tissue that is taken from the body to use in another area of the body of the same person or another person. When we talk about grafts in the nose, we are talking about cartilage, soft tissue (fat and fibrous tissue), or sometimes bone that is used to improve the structure and shape of the nose. Sometimes synthetic materials such as Silicone or Goretex are also used in the nose as implants. There are differences in the properties and uses of these materials. In general, the majority of grafts that are used in the nose are usually made of cartilage.

Cartilage grafts are small bits of cartilage that are carefully carved and shaped. They are used to either reinforce weak tissues or replace tissues that have been lost to trauma or removed during surgery. Most patients who require a number of grafts are seeking revision rhinoplasty to fix things after their nasal tissues have been too aggressively removed. Or, they may have a small nose or flattened bridge to begin with and wish to have it augmented, such as in some ethnic rhinoplasty. In these cases, it’s not uncommon for many different types of grafts to be used in the same nose, each playing its own unique role. Patients seeking primary (first-time) rhinoplasty for reduction of a bump or for refining their features usually do not need grafts.

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