What is a laser assisted rhinoplaty?

Nowadays medicine has at its disposal a minimally invasive method treating mild aesthetic and functional problems at the nose area. Laser assisted rhinoplasty is a method that involves no bleeding, with minimal downtime and is performed on specific patients with very specific needs.

Who’s a good candidate?

Patients who whish to change the size and/or shape of their nose should go for a traditional rhinoplasty. Laser assisted cosmetic technique helps us improve the condition called Rhinophyma (aka bulbous nose). It can also smooth and improve the appearance of injury scars or previous surgery incisions. A laser assisted method also enables doctor to perform, when needed, lower lateral cartilage excisions and, combined with nasal septum reshaping traditional surgery, ensure better respirational function for their patients.

Facts I need to know

Laser assisted rhinoplasty is a very safe method, performed under local anesthesia and takes about 30′ to an hour, depending on the size of the area treated. Laser is a useful tool that allows the doctor to remove excess tissue and improve the texture of the nose skin. At the same time, laser can reduce the size of nose cartilage improving the patients breathing ability.

Recovery Time

Laser assisted rhinoplasty is a method with no bleeding and with fast recovery. It doesn’t require the use of a cast or a splint that is why it doesn’t cause major post-surgery swelling. Patients can return to their work a few days following the procedure, results are permanent and become completely visible after the swelling disappears.

Doctor’s Remarks

Rhinophyma is a relatively rare abnormality of the nose skin characterized by a big, red and bulbous nose. It is often the last stage of untreated rosacea and concerns usually men, particularly between the ages of 50 to 70 years old. Clinically it is characterized by a hyperplasia of the nose skin, a vasodilation accompanied by telangiectasis and disfugiring scars caused by the increased function of sebaceous glands. When drug therapy is not sufficient to treat the nose disfugurement and the social stigma that follows, then we use laser resurfacing methods in order to improve the disfigurement’s appearance in only one treatment. Extended rhinophyma can moreover lead to a bulbous nose and obstruction of respiration caused by the disfunction of the nose’s bulbs. To sum up it’s important to add that a 10% of patients with rhinophyma are diagnosed with different skin cancers. It is recommended to treat this rare condition on time, not only for cosmetic but also for health reasons. Nasal cautery is a very satisfying procedure since it allows an unobstructed respiration and offers a simple and easy answer to headaches, poor sleep and lack of concentration.