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Crushed Cartilage: A Rescue Procedure in Rhinoplasty

Boccieri, Armando, MD*; Marianetti, Tito, M., MD; Pascali, Michele, MD

Journal of Craniofacial Surgery: May 2018 - Volume 29 - Issue 3 - p 614–617
doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000004333
Original Articles

While the use of crushed cartilage is now universally recognized as a valid procedure in rhinoplasty to mask irregularities and eliminate slight deficits, there is still no consensus as to the optimal degree of crushing and the rate of graft resorption over time. With a view to casting light on these 2 important aspects and providing some guidelines, the authors present a study of 123 patients subjected to grafts of cartilage with different degrees of crushing in the different areas of the nasal pyramid: upper third (45 patients), middle third (40), and lower third (38). The degree of crushing was medium for 95 patients and high for 28 who presented thinner and less elastic skin. Comparison of the performance over time of the cartilage grafts inserted in the same areas but with different degrees of crushing provides important indications as regard the best way of preparing the material. The results proved satisfactory with improvements for all of the 95 patients subjected to grafts of moderately crushed cartilage. The initial defect was instead still present, albeit with some partial improvement, at a distance of 12 months in 17 of the 28 patients where highly crushed cartilage was used. The study suggests that a moderate degree of crushing offers better results as regard flexibility and stability over time.

*Nostra Signora Della Mercede Hospital

MarianettiMed Clinic

Tor Vergata University, Rome, Italy.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Tito M. Marianetti, MD, Viale delle Provincie 55/18, 00162 Rome, Italy; E-mail:

Received 3 May, 2017

Accepted 26 November, 2017

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

© 2018 by Mutaz B. Habal, MD.