In recent years, we are experiencing a real revolution in terms of innovative techniques and methods at the medical level, and specifically, in the field of nasal surgeries.
These advances are mainly due to research and knowledge acquired in the past and the study of the effects of traditional rhinoplasties. Without going any further, the type of surgery that was performed 10-12 years ago, has nothing to do with current surgical procedures where the objective is to achieve the best results with minimally invasive, conservative interventions that facilitate a speedy recovery of the patient.
What is structural rhinoplasty?
Structural rhinoplasty is a step beyond traditional nose surgery. The objective is the same, that is, to modify or remodel a nose either for aesthetics or to improve its functionality, but in this case, respecting to the maximum the features or the specific anatomy of the person intervened. And we say, in this case, because with traditional rhinoplasty it was not always possible to maintain the results obtained due to the very nature of the intervention.
In this sense, structural rhinoplasty intervenes on the patient’s nasal septum and maintains the tissues of the nose, being able to work on the totality of it. That is, this type of nose surgery allows us to minimize the sequelae of a traditional rhinoplasty, achieve much more natural results and maintain them over time, avoiding sequelae of traditional rhinoplasty such as twisting, narrowing or sinking. And how do we achieve this? Trying to damage the inside of the nose as little as possible.
In this way, thanks to structural rhinoplasty it is possible to make different modifications of the nose such as: eliminate the easel, reshape tips, improve the appearance of a wide nose, correct respiratory problems or correct deviations of the nasal septum, among others.
Characteristics of a structural rhinoplasty
The technique of structural rhinoplasty began to develop in the United States, relatively recently, in the 90s and its main objective is to achieve, but above all preserve, the results obtained with nasal surgery.
Structural nose surgery is usually open and performed under general anesthesia. During it, the maxilofacil surgeon generates a kind of frame whose main function will be to permanently preserve the changes made in the nose during the intervention.
Ultrasonic rhinoplasty, a procedure that we have talked about in several articles of this blog, is the perfect ally of structural rhinoplasty because thanks to ultrasound and the use of the piezotome we can shape the bone of the nose, without damaging the surrounding soft tissue. In fact, it is common to hear about ultrasonic structural rhinoplasty as well.
If you are thinking of undergoing nose surgery it is important that you inform yourself well about all the procedures and know, in your specific case, what may be the best option, since not all noses can be operated using the same technique.