What is a secondary rhinoplasty?

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July 12, 2013

Secondary rhinoplasty is a procedure to correct deformities resulting from previous nasal surgery. It is much more than a simple touch-up procedure. Most secondary rhinoplasties are done by open technique and frequently require cartilage grafts to rebuild areas where too much cartilage has been removed. The cartilage needed is harvested from the nasal septum or from behind the ear. These grafts may be used to build-up a concave profile or to improve a pinched tip by adding volume. Cartilage grafts can be added to straighten a nose deviating to one side, or open up a narrow airway and simultaneously make an overly narrow nose wider (Figure 6). It is routinely possible to make major improvements in the appearance and function of a deformed nose using these techniques.


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