Cartilage Transfers

  • Julie Jefferson
  • David ZlotyEmail author


In dermatologic surgery cartilage transfers are widely used in auricular, nasal, and eyelid reconstruction in both children and adults (2a) (Liu and Cao, Chapter 20: Repair, grafting, and engineering of cartilage. In: Neligan PC (ed) Plastic surgery: volume 1, principles, 3rd edn. Elsevier, New York, p 398–424, 2013; Otley and Sherris, J Am Acad Dermatol 39:982–992, 1998). Other indications for use include nipple reconstruction, rhinoplasty, and chin contouring (Liu and Cao, Chapter 20: Repair, grafting, and engineering of cartilage. In: Neligan PC (ed) Plastic surgery: volume 1, principles, 3rd edn. Elsevier, New York, p 398–424, 2013). Experience with cartilage grafting is extensive in reconstructive surgery, complications are uncommon, and results are typically excellent (Otley and Sherris, J Am Acad Dermatol 39:982–992, 1998). Cartilage grafts serve two primary purposes: to restore natural contour and architecture to a site of cartilage loss and to preserve a free margin position against the contractural forces of wound healing (Otley and Sherris, J Am Acad Dermatol 39:982–992, 1998). Both structure and function of key free margins can be optimized with well designed and executed cartilage grafting (Otley and Sherris, J Am Acad Dermatol 39:982–992, 1998).


Cartilage Graft Composite grafts Costal cartilage Septal cartilage Cartilage transfers 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dermatology and Skin ScienceUniversity of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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