Rhinoplasty continues to be one of the most popular facial cosmetic surgeries. Rhinoplasty techniques have advanced in recent years to help make the procedure more precise and reduce post operative recovery time. This is beneficial for patients who don’t want to spend more time than they have to recovering from their procedure.
Rhinoplasty is traditionally done with very small chisels and mallets. During the surgery, a small incision is made at the base of the nose or inside the nostril. The surgeon then re-adjusts the cartilage and bone underneath the skin. If the nasal bone needs thinning, the surgeon will use a chisel-like tool, called an osteotome, and tap it manually with a small hammer. Multiple taps may be necessary to break the bones precisely. This being the cause for the bruising of the tissues and black and blue eyes post surgery. According to the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery, the resulting scars are well-hidden in the natural contours of the nose.
In the medical profession change can come slowly, and while there are advancements in rhinoplasty techniques and technology, the majority of cosmetic surgeons will perform a rhinoplasty using the same techniques that have been in place for half a century. The following are some of the more recent advancements in rhinoplasty techniques and instruments:
Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty – If your looking to avoid a surgical procedure this may be the right option for you. During a non-surgical rhinoplasty the physician injects fillers into the nose using a small needle. This “filler” creates the aesthetic look by filling in gaps around bumps and giving the illusion of asymmetry. It is, however, more cost intensive as the fillers usually dissolve within a year and repeat procedures are necessary.
Tip Rhinoplasty – This minimally invasive rhinoplasty is simpler version of a standard rhinoplasty. Instead of reconstructing the bone and cartilage structure of the entire nose, the surgeon focuses only on reshaping the cartilage in the tip. This technique still requires anesthesia and surgery however, has considerably less downtime.
Piezoelectric Instrumentation – Gaining in popularity among rhinoplasty cosmetic surgeons is the use of piezoelectric instrumentation. The piezo tool works using a crystal that vibrates at an ultra-high frequency. The piezo is strong enough to cut through bone and hard tissue. However, once this tool comes into contact with soft tissue it stops cutting and only vibrates in place. This makes the tool much gentler than the current chisel and mallet technique. In addition, it provides a more precise result with a rapid recovery time.
High-Definition 3D Endoscope – Some cosmetic surgeons use a high definition 3d endoscope to help assist with a rhinoplasty procedure. The use of an endoscope is rather new for a rhinoplasty, with only limited surgeons using this as a part of the their procedure. Doctors who use a high definition 3D endoscope feel they have a clearer view of the interior of the nose. This aids in performing the operation by giving a more detailed perspective, leading to natural looking results.
Remember, it is not about what technique or tools that the surgeon uses to perform the rhinoplasty. While state of the art instruments and techniques may offer advantages in some cases, it is really about the results the surgeon produces. Always base your decision to have a rhinoplasty with a particular doctor based on his or her past results.
Minimally invasive, nonsurgical procedures are ideal for those patients who desire a more refreshed youthful look, but are not quite ready for surgery. However, the latest rhinoplasty techniques give options to both patients and surgeons. These techniques may or may not be offered by your surgeon based on their approach to rhinoplasty. When considering a rhinoplasty, ask your surgeon how they perform the procedure and how you may benefit from reduced recovery time with one of the latest rhinoplasty techniques.