Is A Rib Graft Rhinoplasty Better Than using A Synthetic Implant For A Short Nose?

Q: I have been thinking about getting a rhinoplasty. I have never had any nose surgery before. I am filipino and my nose is short and too small for my face. What I would like to achieve is the following in my rhinoplasty; augment the dorsum, lengthen the columella, improve tip projection and definition, alar base reduction and show less nostril. I would like costal cartilage rhinoplasty, definitely no silicone or GoreTex implant for dorsum augmentation. Been thinking of rhinoplasty for a long time. I have attached some pictures for your review and imaging.

A: Thank you for sending the picture and your detailed analysis and goals. Given your smaller and short nose, you are absolutely correct in determining that only a rib graft rhinoplasty could achieve your goals. What you need is a combined dorso-columellar augmentation or the geometry of a L-strut configuration. Only a rib graft or a synthetic implant can possibly achieve that degree of augmentation. You have stated you want to avoid an implant and I assume you feel so because of their potential long-term problems, even though they are the ‘easiest’ to do. A rib graft would provide the best long-term graft retention without problems even though it has the short-term ‘problem’ of a donor site and resultant scar. I have attached some predictive imaging for your review. Please note that the increased columellar show in the side vie does not appear as it is not present at all in the original photo. (you can’t morph what is not there!)

Dr. Barry Eppley

Indianapolis Indiana