Nose Surgery

Rib Cartilage Rhinoplasty

Rib cartilage rhinoplasty gives enough volume of natural, autologous material to improve extremely low and short nose, and it is a way of successful revision rhinoplasty, even with the most difficult cases.

The best result without reoperation

What is Rib Cartilage (Costal Cartilage) Rhinoplasty?

Rib cartilage refers to the area at the end of the ribs. The rib cartilage used at JW is mainly ribs 6,7 or 8. It is harder than ear cartilage or septal cartilage which makes your nose more stable and is often used for nose revision surgery or nose reconstruction.

  • Surgery Duration4 hours
  • HospitalizationNot Required
  • # of Postoperative visits2 - 3 Visits
  • AnesthesiaGeneral Anesthesia
  • Removal of Stitches7 days after the operation
  • Recovery Period7 Days
Benefits of JW's Rib Cartilage Rhinoplasty
  • Harvested volume might be greater than in case of ear or septal cartilage, so the nose can lenghten enough.
  • It gives decent improvement even in case of extremrly short and low nose.
  • Unlike the implant, autologous cartilage cannot be rejected by the body.
  • Makes droopy nose tip firmly lifted and fixed.
  • Occurence of crookedness, asymmetry or absorption, possible after the rhinoplasty can be predicted, which prevents from the revision surgery.
  • Our center has cutting-edge technology and hjighly skilled surgeons, which is crucial in difficult cases of revision rhinoplasty.
  • The surgery is performed by board certified surgeon with extensive experience after detailed consultaton and thorough examination.

JW’s techniques for rib cartilage rhinoplasty

1. Carving the rib cartilage to the shape of the silicone implant.

Harvesting enough volume of rib cartilage and shaping it
to extend extremely short and hightne extremely low bridge. This carving techniqie is beneficial for patient with thic skin on the nose.

2. Grinding the rib cartilage and wraping it around with fascia to use in rhinoplasty.

Silicone bridge implant used on patients with thin skin might
result in unnatural and obvious look. Using grinded rib cartilage
wrapped with fascia instead will bring a naturally beautiful effect.

3. Multi-layered rib cartilage technique developed by Dr. Suh Man Koon

In this technique, harvested rib cartilage is sliced into thin pieces, and multiple pieces of thinly sliced cartilage are accumulated according to the patient’s desired nasal-bridge height. This technique allows to prevent the occurence of ‘warping’ – a common side effect of reb cartilage rhinoplasty.

JW’s unique method of “warping prevention”

We use slicing technique, concentric carving, and multi-layered rib cartilage graft to prevent the cartilage warping, which is known to be a disadvantage when using rib cartilage. In particular, the “multi-layered rib cartilage graft method” is a new procedure developed by Dr.Man Koon Suh, and announced at an academic conference. 

 

In this technique, harvested rib cartilage is sliced into thin pieces, and multiple pieces of thinly sliced cartilage are accumulated according to the patient’s desired nasal-bridge height. This technique allows to prevent the occurence of ‘warping’ – a common side effect of reb cartilage rhinoplasty.

 

 

Rib Cartilage Harvesting Process

1. Rib cartilage harvesting process

JW’s technical skills: minimal incision (2-3 cm)

The subcutaneous layer is carefully sutured with a melting thread, and the skin surface is glued with a special tape, minimizing scarring and able to take a shower from 2-3 days after the procedure. The incisoi nsite is right under the breast fold, so it is unnoticable.

2. Harvested cartilage is carved into suitable shape

JW’s technical skills: Customized with precious know-how and craftiness.

With abundant know-how and advanced techniques, cartilage is carved by predicting the characteristics of the bone and its possible future shape.

3. Insert rib cartilage in the precise location

JW’s technical skills: effectively solving the problem at its core.

Corrections that consider aesthetic and functional aspects to effectively solve the customer’s current problems, such as a short nose and sagging tip.

Safer surgery with endoscopic method

Endoscopic rhinoplasty is a high-tech technique for safer surgery, requiring extensive clinical experience and know-how. HD enbdoscope makes the inner part of the nose clearly visible, so the surgery is performed with minimum damage to the tissue. Therefore after the rib cartilage rhinoplasty in JW Plastic Surgery Center you are sure that the recovery process is as quick and painless as possible. The bruising and swelling will be minimal and the surgery most precise.

Benefit 1

Inner part of the nose is clearly visible

Benefit 2

Reduced bleeding leads to reduced swelling and bruising

Benefit 3

Safe and precise surgery. Damage and pain prevention.

Rib cartilage rhinoplasty is recommended to those who:
  • Want to imporve extremely low or short nose
  • Have body prone to rejection of forein material, such as silicone.
  • Don't have enough ear or septal cartilage to achieve desired imporvement.
  • Want to achieve satisfying and final effect with revision rhinoplasty
  • Have upturned or contracted nose naturally or due to bothched previous surgery.

With more than 21 years of experience, Surgeons specialized in Nose Surgery.

JW nose team constitutes 2 nose specialists with know-how from various clinical experiences, as well as dedication to achieving the best result by medical research.