Rhinoplasty, better known as a ‘nose job’, is a popular option for people unsatisfied with the shape or size of their nose. It focuses on improving the facial harmony and proportion of your nose. In addition to its appearance-enhancing benefits, it is also the go-to surgery to improve nasal function after an illness or a traumatic injury. It also helps treat breathing impairment caused by nasal structural defects such as a deviated septum.
Drawback of Traditional Methods
Rhinoplasty procedure involves sedating the patient to numb the nose and making an accurate incision to uncover the bone or cartilage of the nose. Traditionally, surgeons use an osteotome – a chisel-like steel tool – to remove or thinning the nasal bone by tapping it with a hammer. The step leads to significant bruising of the tissues, depending on the taps made by surgeons to achieve the desired result during the surgery.
Breakthrough in Rhinoplasty
Considering the delicacy of a nose job and the need for reducing the amount of surrounding tissue damage caused by traditional method, a gentler technology – Piezoelectric Instrumentation – has recently been introduced in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
Initially used in the dental industry, Piezo, a crystal that utilizes ultrasonic vibrations, is now used for rhinoplasty by plastic surgeons in Mexico. Compared to the conventional method that involves hitting an osteotome with a hammer, it is gentler and reduces the risk of damage to the surrounding critical structures such as nerves, mucosa, and vessels. This is because it only cuts through hard tissue such as bone but when it comes in contact with soft tissues, it ceases to cut and only vibrates. As a result, it leads to less bleeding compared to hammers and chisels.
The device was only available in the dental industry but upon realizing its benefits, it was finally made available for sale in the US in 2015 by a medical equipment company, Synthes.
With the incorporation of Piezoelectric Instrumentation in oral and maxillofacial surgery, the industry has entered into the 21st century, making rhinoplasty less painful for patients and providing surgeons with better control and precision.
If you are unhappy with the shape or size of your nose or experience nasal obstruction when breathing, consider getting a nose job done under the expertise of the best plastic surgeons in Mexico. We can help manage your medical travel to Mexico and ensure that you receive the best treatment.