I was told I would need to have ear cartilage taken to help with my Asian rhinoplasty surgery. How will this affect my ear?
Ear cartilage is usually obtained through a small incision in the back of the ear that is virtually invisible once healed. Cartilage that does not contribute to the shape or support of the ears is taken from the central portion of the ear and can then be fashioned into grafts for the nose. Cartilage typically will not regrow in the ear. The ear may become a little bit closer to the scalp. In addition, it may end up a bit softer, but patients tolerate it well. There may also be slight discomfort for the first week. Thank you for the question.