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Rhinoplasty Improved With Ribcage Cartilage

Rhinoplasty Improved With Ribcage Cartilage

Rhinoplasty specialists often use cartilage from the ear or septum to support the nose. But, a new survey finds that using cartilage from the ribcage can improve outcomes.

female noseA new study at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston shows that rhinoplasty is very successful when doctors use cartilage from the patient’s ribcage.

Researchers surveyed more than 350 patients who had undergone rhinoplasty. All the operations had involved doctors using cartilage from the patient’s ribcage. According to the survey, 94 percent of these patients were satisfied with the long-term results.

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Many rhinoplasty operations involve taking cartilage from the ear or the septum to support the nose. In some cases, cartilage can be too thin for a successful rhinoplasty. But, patients in the recent survey claimed to be happy with how their new noses looked, and they reported no problems with breathing or allergies.

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