Secondary rhinoplasty differs from the primary procedure in that it may require cartilage or bone grafting. If too much tissue or bone was removed in the first surgery, the doctor will need to replace this in order to achieve the desired look. Often, cartilage is taken from the ear or other areas of the nose. In rare cases, it is harvested from a rib, in what is known as a costal cartilage graft.
In most cases, doctors advise teenage patients to wait until their noses have stopped growing before they undergo rhinoplasty. There are exceptions, however, especially in cases of trauma or breathing difficulties. When young patients undergo rhinoplasty, the doctor must take special care to protect the still delicate nasal features. Additionally, a doctor should make sure that the patient is emotionally and mentally prepared for nose reshaping surgery.