What is Caudal Septal Extension Grafting?

If you’re considering rhinoplasty due to a short nose with an upturned nasal tip – either one you’ve had since birth or have as a result of a prior rhinoplasty gone wrong – you may have been doing a lot of online homework. And as you’ve been researching ways that rhinoplasty can be performed to lengthen a short nose, you may have come across the term caudal septal extension grafting. What does this very medical-sounding term mean? Can it help you get the longer nose you desire? Read on to learn more as Thousand Oaks plastic surgeon Dr. Costanzo explains.

Caudal Septal Extension Grafting Explained

Caudal septal extension grafting sounds like a daunting medical term. But, when Dr. Costanzo breaks it down, it’s really not that overwhelming. You most likely already know that your nose contains a lot of cartilage. And you can probably imagine that if you have a short nose with an upturned nasal tip that you would like extended, you’ll need additional cartilage to make your nose longer and support that additional nasal tip.

Caudal Septal Extension Grafting is when Dr. Costanzo uses a portion of carved septal or ear cartilage to lengthen the front edge of the nose, by the nostril openings. This “grafted” cartilage is sutured, or sewn, to the front end of the septum (the front of the nose), making for a very strong structure to support your new, longer nose.

How Do I Know if I Need Caudal Septal Extension Grafting?

It’s very unlikely that most non-medical rhinoplasty patients would know whether or not they need caudal septal extension grafting to achieve their desired new look. You may know that you want a longer nose, but probably don’t understand the highly technical methods that plastic surgeons like Thousand Oaks’ Dr. Costanzo use to give patients the noses they desire. But that’s okay. Dr. Costanzo offers his rhinoplasty patients a free consultation in his Thousand Oaks offices to listen to their concerns and wishes, perform a full nasal examination and come up with a personalized treatment plan for them. He’s here to do all the work for you!

How Will Dr. Costanzo Decide Where to Graft My Additional Cartilage From?

Where Dr. Costanzo will graft your additional cartilage for your nose lengthening rhinoplasty surgery all depends on your unique physique. If you have enough non-supporting septal cartilage in your nose, he will likely take the cartilage from there, as it doesn’t involve operating on an additional site and it provides good support. However, if you do not have enough cartilage in your nose, he can use conchal cartilage from the ears. Cartilage from your rib has also been used, but because it is a more invasive operation and has a tendency to warp, it is not the first choice for grafting.

How Can I Learn More About Nose Extension?

The best way to learn more about the specific rhinoplasty procedure that Dr. Costanzo will be performing on you is to speak with him directly during a consultation in his Thousand Oaks offices. While you may have already performed some online research, you don’t want to rely on “Dr. Google” alone.

Dr. Costanzo prides himself in having open and honest conversations with all of his patients, answering all of their questions and easing any fears they may have prior to surgery. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Costanzo, call his Thousand Oaks offices today at (805) 373-9919.