Ultrasound technology has long been used for aesthetic procedures for fat reduction and skin tightening. Rhinoplasty can now be performed with the assistance of ultrasonic waves, making nasal bone reshaping more precise and accurate.
The tools used during an ultrasonic rhinoplasty are powered by ultrasonic waves that vibrate the tip of the tool, shaving excess bone that creates humps. In more traditional rhinoplasty techniques, the bones are aggressively scraped and chiseled away. With ultrasound technology, even the thinnest and most brittle bones can be adjusted for a better cosmetic outcome.
During an ultrasonic rhinoplasty, an open rhinoplasty technique will be used for better exposure and visualization during surgery. An incision will be made at the columella directly beneath the nasal tip. The nose will then be retracted backward, dissecting the nose cartilage with care being taken to not incise the medial crura, the cartilage that separates the nostrils.
The flap will be raised off of the nose for maximum exposure and work can now be done to reshape the nasal tip, bridge, nostrils, or septum repair with the specialized ultrasonic tools. Different tooltips can be used to scrape, shape, and smoothen the nasal bone.
The ultrasonic tool allows for more precision and less surrounding tissue trauma. Once completed, the flap will be redraped over the bone framework and external contouring and shaping is completed. The incision will be closed with sutures and an external splint or cast will be placed over the nose.
The goal of an ultrasonic rhinoplasty is to achieve facial harmony by changing the shape, size, or angle of the nose.
Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty addresses concerns such as:
- Nose Size
- Nose Shape
- Nose Angle
Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty Side Effects
Side effects from an ultrasonic rhinoplasty may include numbness, nosebleeds, scarring, swelling, bursting of small blood vessels on the surface of the skin, permanent nerve damage, and under or over correction that necessitates revision rhinoplasty.
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