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Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty

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Those of you who know me know that I’m very passionate about rhinoplasty, hence I am always on the lookout for the next greatest thing. Here’s a little bit on my experience with ultrasonic rhinoplasty.

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My Background on Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty

Several years ago, I started using powered instrumentation to take down large bony humps in the nose area for patients. 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 it also came with other advantages.

Because there was less trauma to the surrounding tissues, the speed of the blade decreased the bleeding and bruising after surgery. I recently used the example of cutting 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 and over—it would probably leave the edge of the wood smooth like glass.

Enter ultrasonic rhinoplasty. I started researching ultrasonic rhinoplasty a few months ago. It is the newest, latest, and definitely the greatest thing since sliced bread in the realm of rhinoplasty. Ultrasonic rhinoplasty consists of a series of bits that can be attached to a handpiece that 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.

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Why Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty?

The Holy Grail goal of rhinoplasty is to decrease bruising and swelling. The reason for this is multifold. 

First, patients desire to see their results as quickly as possible after surgery. Secondly, decreased bruising and swelling translates into decreased recovery time. Patients would therefore be able to return to work and their daily life faster. Third, from a surgeon’s 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.

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As far as I know, I am the first person in the Houston, Texas area to use the new ultrasonic technology for 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 come back with no bruising only five days after surgery.

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If you want to learn more about ultrasonic rhinoplasty, or any of the other surgical and non-surgical services we offer here at Athré Facial Plastics, contact us today for a consultation!