Cartilage grafting in nasal reconstruction

Facial Plast Surg Clin North Am. 2011 Feb;19(1):175-82. doi: 10.1016/j.fsc.2010.10.006.


Nasal reconstruction after resection for cutaneous malignancies poses a unique challenge to facial plastic surgeons. The nose, a unique 3-D structure, not only must remain functional but also be aesthetically pleasing to patients. A complete understanding of all the layers of the nose and knowledge of available cartilage grafting material is necessary. Autogenous material, namely septal, auricular, and costal cartilage, is the most favored material in a free cartilage graft or a composite cartilage graft. All types of material have advantages and disadvantages that should guide the most appropriate selection to maximize the functional and cosmetic outcomes for patients.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cartilage / transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Mohs Surgery / adverse effects
  • Nose Deformities, Acquired / etiology
  • Nose Deformities, Acquired / pathology
  • Nose Deformities, Acquired / surgery*
  • Rhinoplasty / methods*
  • Surgical Flaps