After reading this article, the participant should be able to: 1. Understand the challenges in restoring volume and structural integrity in rhinoplasty. 2. Identify the appropriate uses of various autografts in aesthetic and reconstructive rhinoplasty (septal cartilage, auricular cartilage, costal cartilage, calvarial and nasal bone, and olecranon process of the ulna). 3. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of each of these autografts.
This review specifically addresses the use of autologous grafts in rhinoplasty. Autologous materials remain the preferred graft material for use in rhinoplasty because of their high biocompatibility and low risk of infection and extrusion. However, these advantages should be counterbalanced with the concerns of donor-site morbidity, graft availability, and graft resorption.