As innovation continues to meet medical science, more exciting methods and techniques are being introduced into clinical practice. The specialty of plastic surgery has been a major beneficiary as there is a recent emergence of a rhinoplasty technique now being considered by many doctors. It is ultrasonic rhinoplasty, and in this article, we will be giving you the full breakdown of what it entails and the reasons behind its rapidly increasing popularity.
WHAT IS ULTRASONIC RHINOPLASTY?
Ultrasonic rhinoplasty is a method of nasal surgery that involves the use of sound waves to sculpt the bones of the nose and achieve the desired results of reduction and remodelling. This differentiates it from the traditional rhinoplasty that employs hammers and chisels to reshape the nose to suit cosmetic desires. It is also referred to by names such as piezoelectric rhinoplasty, piezo rhinoplasty, or diamond rhinoplasty.
Pioneered by Dr Massimo Robiony in 2004, this procedure finds its value in the level of precision it offers to patients. The powerful and precise tool used is the piezotome, and it produces ultrasonic waves that affect only bone while sparing soft tissues, blood vessels, and other contiguous structures. This enhances the accuracy of results and reduces the incidence of post-operative complications. It is a great option for individuals who want to address issues such as dorsal hump reduction and improvement of irregularities in the shape of the nasal bones.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING ULTRASONIC RHINOPLASTY
HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE PROCEDURE?
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE SURGERY?
After the surgery, you will be observed in the post-operative room for a while before being discharged. Your doctor will give you a few key instructions before leaving the health facility, and this includes:
- Avoid activities that may lead to direct physical contact with your healing nose
- Avoid smoking for a few weeks to promote healing
- Minimize sunlight exposure as ultraviolet rays can affect recovery and lead to scarring
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
- Reduced recovery time, especially when compared to the traditional method
- Greater sculpting precision
- Minor damage to blood vessels leading to significantly lesser bleeding
- Reduced likelihood of a need for revision rhinoplasty
WHO SHOULD NOT GET ULTRASONIC RHINOPLASTY?
- Individuals under the age of 18 as nose development is still undergoing
- Individuals with major health concerns such as hypertension, diabetes, and heart diseases. If you have any serious disease conditions, talk to your doctor before opting for a nose job.
WHAT ARE THE ASSOCIATED RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS?
- Discoloration of the skin
- Rarely, perforation of the nasal septum