Those of you who regularly read my blog or those of you who know me know that I am CRAZY about Rhinoplasty. It is my passion, and hence, I am always on the lookout for the next greatest thing.
Background on Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty
Several years ago, I started using powered instrumentation to take down large bony humps. Prior to that I was using manual saws and Osteotomes (chisels) to do the bony work. The powered saw was definitely easier to use, and more precise, but also had other advantages. The speed of the blade decreased the bleeding and bruising after surgery because there was less trauma to the surrounding tissues. I recently used the example of cutting g a piece of wood with a chisel versus cutting the wood board with a circular saw. The circular saw causes less ripping of the wood edges. Now imagine cutting that same piece of wood with a table saw that oscillates at 60,000+ RPM – it would probably leave the edge of the wood smooth like glass.
That’s what we are going to do in rhinoplasty….ENTER ULTRASONIC RHINOPLASTY. I started researching ultrasonic rhinoplasty a few months ago. It is the newest, and latest and definitely the greatest thing since sliced bread in the realm of rhinoplasty. It consists of a series of bits that can be attached to a handpiece that is oscillates at a very high rate. This allows me to shape and cut the bone with increased precision, with much less trauma to the surrounding tissues.
Why Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty?
The HOLY GRAIL of Rhinoplasty is to decrease bruising and swelling. The reason for this is multi-fold. First, patients desire to see their results as quick as possible after surgery. Second, decreased briuising and swelling translates into decreased recovery time. Patients would therefore be able to return to work faster. Third, from a surgeon perspective, the ultrasonic cutters allow more precise shaping of bone to give more reproducible and exacting results. All in all…a BETTER PRODUCT and a BETTER EXPERIENCE.
Handpiece rhinoplasty tool
As far as I know, I am the first person in Houston to use the new ultrasonic technology to rhinoplasty. I am super excited to roll out this technology to Houston, and my patients. I have had the opportunity to use the instrumentation and trial it out, and the results amaze me. Patients with no bruising 5 days after surgery.
A video of the ULTRASONIC RHINOPLASTY tool
If you want to learn more about ultrasonic rhinoplasty, call me at (281) 973-6041.