Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty: The Less Invasive Nose Job

Piezotome Rhinoplasty – Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty with Minimal Risks

Pizeotome or Ultrasonic rhinoplasty is a less invasive type of nose surgery that reduces and reshapes the nose while minimising the risks of traditional rhinoplasty.

During traditional rhinoplasty, excess nasal bone and cartilage is manipulated using rasps, hammers, and chisels. However, these instruments can result in damage to the nasal structure and surrounding tissue which increases bruising and swelling postoperatively and this can affect the final cosmetic result of a rhinoplasty.

To avoid those risks, the piezotome technique for nose jobs was developed. Using piezoelectric-powered inserts which vibrate with ultrasonic waves, Plastic Surgeons are able to more precisely and safely cut into the bone and hard cartilage of the nose. Therefore, accurately resizing and reshaping the nose with no trauma to the surrounding soft tissue.

Dr Scott Turner is an expert in cosmetic rhinoplasty. He’s one of the few plastic surgeons who offer the latest innovative ultrasonic rhinoplasty to reshape the nose with unmatched precision, less swelling and bruising, and a faster recovery.

What Is Piezotome Rhinoplasty?

Piezoelectric rhinoplasty, also known as ultrasonic rhinoplasty, is a recent and evolved type of nose reshaping surgery that’s done to make the nose smaller.

It uses high-speed ultrasonic sound waves to precisely cut and shave bone and dense cartilage in the nose without damaging surrounding soft nose tissue.

Piezotome Rhinoplasty is performed to:

  • Improve the contour of the nose
  • Narrow the nasal bridge with precision
  • Remove or reduce a dorsal hump
  • Straighten a crooked nose
  • Reduce a large nose
  • Reduce the nose profile

Piezotome rhinoplasty is considered to be a safer and more accurate way to perform a nose job. Dr Turner regularly performs this advanced nose job procedure in Sydney to give you a slimmer, straighter, and more symmetric nose.

Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty vs Traditional Rhinoplasty

The use of piezoelectric instruments during rhinoplasty offers a gentler and atraumatic technique to reshape the bones and cartilage in the nose.

During traditional hump reduction rhinoplasty, rasps, chisels, and hammers are usually used to remove bone and cartilage and reshape the nose. The use of these surgery instruments can:

  • Lead to the splintering of the nasal bones and cause accidental fractures in the nose bones
  • Create additional trauma to surrounding nasal tissue which can contribute to swelling, bruising, and additional scarring following rhino surgery

In contrast, ultrasonic rhinoplasty allows Dr Turner to cut or remove nasal bones with high precision with the use of piezoelectric instruments instead of traditional nose surgery instruments.

The benefits of using piezoelectric inserts (PI) during a nose job include:

  • They selectively work on hard cartilage and bone inside the nose
  • They help avoid injury to the surrounding soft tissue: skin, mucosa, and fragile nose cartilage
  • They can prevent accidentally fracturing or splintering the nose bones

Benefits of Piezotome Rhinoplasty

The use of the novel piezoelectric ultrasonic instruments in nose surgery has been gaining popularity because they:

  • Are easy to control
  • Allow precise and safe aesthetic bone refinement
  • Use micro-vibrations that can produce more complex and tailored cosmetic results with a more predictable outcome

With ultrasonic technology, Dr Turner is able to contour and refine the nose without the need to fracture nasal bones. Because of the delicate nose reconstructive technique used during an ultrasonic nose job, it can offer you the following benefits over a regular rhinoplasty:

1. Less pain and discomfort after nose surgery

Using ultrasonic piezo inserts eliminates the risk of radiating fracture lines (where the nose bone is broken) that happen with a regular nose job. These fracture lines can cause a substantial amount of pain that can get in the way of you performing your regular daily activities. With piezo technology:

  • You’ll experience little to no pain following your rhinoplasty
  • You’ll have minimal discomfort after your nose job
  • You won’t need as many pain meds as with normal nose surgery; you may not need any pain killers at all
  • You’ll be able to sleep better
  • You’ll be able to perform day-to-day activities with little or no help

2. Faster healing after nose Surgery

The piezoelectric technology reduces swelling and bruising after your rhino surgery by minimising damage to the surrounding soft tissue. As a result:

  • Your face will heal faster, and you will not have to go through a prolonged recovery period
  • The bruising or swelling around your nose will subside quicker than they would with a traditional rhinoplasty
  • Your face won’t look as puffy after your nose job
  • You wouldn’t have to hide your eyes with sunglasses to cover up the bruises under them
  • You’ll be able to go back to work sooner than you would with a regular nose job

3. Better cosmetic results from nose surgery

Piezoelectric inserts selectively cut and reshape the bones inside the bones. Consequently, with piezo nose surgery, you’ll get:

  • More precise reshaping of your nose
  • Less scarring than a traditional nose surgery. Thus, you wouldn’t have to deal with hiding your scars with makeup or using expensive scar creams
  • More detailed cosmetic outcomes and more natural-looking results. Hence, you’ll be less likely to need a revision rhinoplasty to fix any remaining cosmetic concerns in your nose
  • It can also be done as a revision rhinoplasty when the results of the first nose job were not satisfactory

Piezoelectric instruments are precise and secure surgical instruments that can give you a beautifully contoured nose and an overall better-looking face.

Who Is A Candidate for Piezoelectric Rhinoplasty?

People looking to improve the size and shape of their noses without any damage to the surrounding skin and tissues can benefit from ultrasonic rhinoplasty.

Piezo nose job is ideal for:

  • Precise nose bone sculpting
  • Removing a dorsal hump
  • Smoothing bony irregularities on the nasal bridge
  • Reshaping the nose pyramid

Same as a traditional nose job, piezoelectric nose surgery can also fix breathing problems that are usually associated with a deviated septum.

How Is Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty Done?

Nose surgery using piezoelectric inserts is usually performed as an outpatient procedure in a private hospital under general anaesthesia – you’ll be able to go home the same day.

During your nose procedure:

  • Dr Turner will carefully make an incision within the nostrils that extend across the collumela (open rhinoplasty technique)
  • Then, he will delicately lift the skin on your nose off the underlying nasal skeleton
  • Your nasal bones and structures will be clearly exposed
  • Afterward, he will strategically place the piezo inserts on different parts of your nose that need reducing or reshaping
  • Piezoelectric-powered ultrasonic waves will then be applied
  • After that, Dr Turner will be able to create precise and symmetric bone cuts to remove a nasal hump, refine the nasal bridge, and polish rough surfaces on your nose
  • He might also manipulate the tip and nostrils if they need adjustment
  • Finally, Dr Turner will apply specialised effective suturing techniques to close your wounds and minimise scarring

Dr Scott Turner is one of the few plastic surgeons who offer this advanced nose job technique giving his patients safer and more precise options to change the shape of their noses.

What Are The Risks and Potential Complications of Piezoelectric Rhinoplasty?

Nose reduction surgery using ultrasonic sound waves is considered very safe when performed by a trained and experienced Plastic Surgeon.

However, same as any nose reshaping surgery, Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty might have some rare complications, such as:

  • Bleeding
  • Hematoma (blood collection under the skin)
  • Seroma (fluid collection under the skin)
  • Infection
  • Nasal dryness
  • Scarring
  • Bones might not heal correctly
  • Rarely, tissue necrosis (tissue death)

A piezotome nose job is a less invasive procedure than a traditional nose surgery so the risks are greatly reduced. It’s very important to choose a skilled plastic surgeon, such as Dr Turner, who can use his expertise to foresee and prevent any possible risks.

Recovery after Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty

Your recovery period after a piezo nose surgery will last for around one to two weeks, during which you can expect the following:

  • Some pain or discomfort that can easily be managed with oral pain killers
  • Some bruising and swelling; will significantly decrease after 14 days then gradually subside and almost disappear 3 months after your rhinoplasty
  • Minor nosebleeds
  • Itching

Ultrasonic nose surgery uses a less traumatic technique to reshape the nose than a traditional nose job. Hence, you’ll have less swelling, bruising, and redness after piezo rhinoplasty than after a regular rhinoplasty. You’ll also be able to see the final results of your rhinoplasty faster.

After Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty

After your nose surgery, Dr Turner will place a nasal splint to support the nose bones. The splint will be removed between 10-14 days after your nose procedure.

Dr Turner might recommend the following to help you recover smoother and faster after your piezoelectric rhinoplasty:

  • During your initial healing period, sleep with your head elevated
  • Regularly ice the area around your nose without applying too much pressure
  • Avoid strenuous activity for 6 weeks to reduce the risk of swelling
  • Avoid blowing your nose
  • Avoid making extreme facial expressions
  • Don’t wear glasses for the first few weeks
  • Don’t expose your nose to the sun
  • Don’t take any medication containing aspirin or ibuprofen

If you follow Dr Turner’s recommendations, you can expect a speedy and comfortable recovery followed by great cosmetic results.

Should I Get Piezoelectric Rhinoplasty?

Getting a nose reshaping surgery can dramatically enhance the appearance of your nose and your entire face. After a rhinoplasty, you won’t only look better, but you might also be able to breathe better. That’s why people who get nose jobs often report a drastic improvement in their self-esteem and overall lifestyle.

Traditional rhinoplasty techniques have been very efficient in improving the cosmetic appearance of the nose. Nonetheless, the instruments used, even in the hands of the most experienced surgeons, often result in excessive swelling, bruising, and trauma to the surrounding tissue.

Piezotome rhinoplasty has offered a solution to those unwanted side effects. With the piezoelectric inserts, Dr Turner can avoid unwanted bone fractures and contour abnormalities in the nose during a nose job. Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty can safely and accurately reshape your nose with less trauma to the bone and internal tissue. Subsequently, you’ll get precisely cosmetic results and will be less likely to need a revision rhinoplasty.

FAQs about Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty

When can I see the final results of my piezoelectric nose job?

  • Piezoelectric rhinoplasty uses a gentle approach to nose surgery. As a result, after your splint is removed, you’ll have minimal swelling and bruising which will subside over time. You’ll start seeing good results in less than 6 months following your nose job. However, your final results will be obvious within one year when all residual swelling will have subsided.

Does an ultrasonic rhinoplasty work?

  • An ultrasonic nose job involves cutting the nose skin open, exposing the bone and cartilage, then reshaping them using ultrasonic waves. This offers a highly accurate, effective, and safe technique to contour your nasal bones and reshape your entire nose.

Is piezo rhinoplasty more expensive than regular rhinoplasty?

  • The cost of any nose job will vary depending on how much work your nose needs, the used instruments, and the facility where the nose surgery is performed. Piezoelectric nose surgery is an evolved type of rhinoplasty that requires the use of advanced technology and specialised surgical skills. Your surgeon will be able to give you an estimate of how much your piezo rhino will cost you after your consultation.

Can ultrasonic rhinoplasty fix a deviated septum?

  • The piezoelectric inserts are able to cut and shave nasal bones and cartilage in response to ultrasonic waves. Similar to a regular rhinoplasty, an ultrasonic nose job can fix nose asymmetry, reduce the size of the nose, and correct a deviated septum.

Next Steps

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Do you need a Medical Referral to see Dr Turner?

  • A GP Referral is required to Consult with Dr Turner (under new AHPRA Regulations)
  • Please obtain a referral from your GP or Specialist if you want a consultation for an MBS item number surgery.
  • Please note that your Medicare Rebates will NOT be claimable without a valid recent Medical Referral

Making The Most Of Your Consultation

  • Please arrive slightly early for your in-person consultation
  • You are welcome to bring a friend or relative to help consider the information and discuss your options
  • Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes
  • Ensure you also take a lot of notes during the consultation and thoroughly examine all the documents provided

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