Over the past few months, many of our loyal website viewers have noted a lot of posts and information about ultrasonic rhinoplasty. Here’s a quick recap, and some new information. Ultrasonic rhinoplasty is a relatively new technique for doing a rhinoplasty. It works for both, primary and revision rhinoplasty.
See the piezotome in action.
Notice how bloodless and clean the dissection is.
Here’s what makes ultrasonic rhinoplasty unique. Ultrasonic rhinoplasty utilizes a specialized instrument called a piezotome. This instrument uses tips that vibrate at a very fast rate. Therefore, the piezotome slices very accurately through bone. The bits look like something that you would use on a Dremel Moto-Tool. These bits are sharp, and they essentially slice through bone. If you happened to place the running bit on your finger, it would do absolutely nothing; it only cuts bone. The main difference between a ultrasonic rhinoplasty and a traditional rhinoplasty deals with cutting the bone (osteotomies).
The result of using this tool is: (1) reduced bleeding by 50-75%, (2) reduced postoperative bruising/swelling, and (3) reduced post-operative recovery period. This is one of the most promising advancements in the field of rhinoplasty in the last 25-30 years.
Both types of rhinoplasty, traditional and ultrasonic are offered at Athre Facial Aesthetics. Ultrasonic rhinoplasty becomes more important especially in revision cases and patients with thin skin. Patients who have a thick skin envelope may not see a significant difference between ultrasonic and traditional techniques.
In Dr. Athre’s opinion, ultrasonic rhinoplasty really is the only way to go. He is the only plastic surgeon in Houston that offers the ultrasonic rhinoplasty, and has quickly become one of the busiest ultrasonic rhinoplasty surgeons in the United States.