Basak Caypinar Eser
Special Ersoy Hospital, Turkey
Posters & Accepted Abstracts: Surgery Curr Res
Objective: We aimed to evaluate the survival of a well- known camouflage technique using ultrasound imaging of the graft through the nasal dorsum and supra tip. Material and Method: Twenty-two patients (8 women and 14 men) who underwent primary rhinoplasty performed by the same surgeon in Isparta, Turkey, between December 2013 and February 2015, were evaluated in this retrospective study. We used the remaining pieces of harvested septal cartilage during rhinoplasty as autologous graft material and venous blood mixture as a scaffold in a Turkish Delight fashion. We used a 10- to 14-MHz broadband linear ultrasound probe (Toshiba Aplio MX ultrasound system, Toshiba Medical Systems, Tustin, California). The mean total skin thickness values through bone (nasal dorsum) and cartilage (upper lateral cartilage) were calculated for each patient. Data were recorded for statistical analysis. We evaluated the patient's pre- and postoperatively on the seventh day, first month, sixth month, and just before the end of the first year using ultrasonography. We made detailed ultrasonographic images of the skin and the underskin through the bone sculpture and compared the measurements. All patients were scanned at the same time of day to exclude diurnal variation of dermal edema. Patients who presented for primary functional rhinoplasty were included in the study. Results: Nasal dorsum cartilage was significantly thicker on the seventh postoperative day, but the difference was not statistically significant in the sixth month after surgery compared with baseline values. There was no statistically significant difference between preoperative measures and measures in the sixth month. The difference in supratip thickness was significantly greater on the seventh postoperative day, and there was a large difference in the first month compared with preoperative values, but this did not reach significance. There was no significant difference in supratip thickness between pre- and postoperative values in the sixth month. Conclusion: This method can be easily performed to reduce visual and tactual irregularities on the dorsum of the nose and can promote perfection on the dorsal aesthetic line, but it is not sufficient for augmentation.