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Are Donor Ribs Safe For The Nose?

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The most frequent surgery performed by Dr. Edwin Kwon is his specialized DCF Rhinoplasty (diced cartilage fascia rhinoplasty) procedure. Based on the thousands of surgeries already performed throughout his 10+ years of experience, it is safe to say that around 99% of patients choose to use donor rib over their own. (You can read about the differences here). 

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Frequently Asked Questions About Donor Ribs

Many who choose donor rib are usually already well-informed about it prior to their surgery. However, there are some who still bring up interesting questions.

Here are some of the questions that Dr. Kwon has answered over time:

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Q: Are donor ribs safe?
A: Yes. Every donor rib we receive is thoroughly tested and evaluated using medical and social history assessments, medical records, blood tests, culture results, physical examinations and more.

Q: Are donor ribs screened for infectious diseases?
A: Yes. All donor ribs are extensively tested for infectious diseases and then processed for quality. These are the same donor ribs used in the hospital for other surgeries unrelated to plastic surgery.

Q: Are there any problems with capsule formation due to unassimilated tissue since a donor rib is used and not rib cartilage from the patient?
A: In my 10+ years of performing this surgery, I have not seen a capsule formation with donor rib or autologous rib cartilage. Whereas a silicone implant always forms a capsule, I have not seen that with a rib cartilage. There does not seem to be any difference in the way cartilage behaves once it’s implanted between donor and your own.

Q: Will the grafts dissolve and be reabsorbed over time?
A: The grafts should be stable over your lifetime. There is likely some minimal reabsorption, but should not be significant long term. 

Q: Is the donor rib irradiated and preserved in saline?
A: Yes, it is.

More Donor Rib Examples On DCF Rhinoplasties

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Are you looking to get non-surgical or surgical procedures done? Contact my team to schedule a complimentary one-on-one consultation with both my Patient Care Coordinator and myself. We will go over your areas of concern, what your body goals are and which procedures would overall benefit you. Afterwards, my Patient Care Coordinator will assist you with quotes, pricing and any other follow up questions you may have.

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Dr. Edwin Kwon is a Beverly Hills Board Certified Plastic Surgeon specializing in Asian Rhinoplasty, DCF Rhinoplasty

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