Ear cartilage is used very infrequently in rhinoplasty in our practice. This is due to the fact that ear cartilage is both soft and thick. In the nose, we want cartilage that is thin and strong. This is what allows us to both open the airways, while not simultaneously adding excessive size or width to the nose. Rarely, ear cartilage can be used for “camouflage”.
If used, it is taken from a small incision in the front of the ear. This causes no changes to the function or the appearance of the ear and is typically invisible by 4-6 weeks.