A new cosmetic procedure that reshapes noses using ultrasonic instruments looks set to change the face of rhinoplasty surgery.
The so-called 'ultrasonic rhinosculpting' method is designed to be less invasive and promises faster recovery time for patients undergoing the cosmetic surgery, with results more natural looking than ever befor.
The method – the brainchild of French plastic surgeon Dr Olivier Gerbault – borrows heavily from the world of dentistry that uses similar ultrasonic instruments.
They are designed to shape the nasal bones, avoiding the need to break the nose and eradicating the possibility of related complications such as unforeseen secondary fractures, irregularities or dents.
The method is being marketed as a 'bespoke remodelling' and, as Dr Gerbault explains will allow plastic surgeons ‘to sculpt via direct visual control’.
These tools are driven by a 'piezoelectric' ultrasonic motor and conduct rapid and accurate micro-movements allowing surgeons to polish, cut and smooth bones and cartilage without breaking them or damaging the tissue and mucous membranes and surrounding blood vessels.
He claims it involves just a week of recover and does away with the usual bruising associated with nose jobs.
Ultrasonic rhinosculpture, he believes, is ideal for correcting asymmetries, bumps and other irregularities, and ‘could be particularly useful when operating on patients of 40 years and older, whose bones are often more fragile and brittle, in addition to patients wary of manipulating the inner structure of the nose for professional reasons, such as musicians.