Definitions

Grafts are biologic materials, either living or nonliving. They may be derived from the host's own tissues (autologous), derived from another individual of the same species (homologous), or derived from a different species (heterologous).

Implants are synthetic materials that have been approved for implantation into the nose, and which maintain their characteristic composition within the tissues.

Notwithstanding the fact that every article ever written about nasal reconstruction indicates that autologous grafts are superior, all the available alternatives, as well as those used not so long ago, which are no longer available, are outlined in Table 33-1.

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