Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty

An ultrasonic rhinoplasty uses specialized tools to reshape the nasal bones for a more refined nose shape. During an ultrasonic rhinoplasty, an open technique will be used for better exposure of the nasal bone.

Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty

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The Skinny


Average Recovery

3 weeks

Permanence

Temporary

Application

Thermal Treatment

Surgical

Yes

Cost

$3000 - $15000

The Specifics


What is an ultrasonic rhinoplasty?

An ultrasonic rhinoplasty is a type of specialized facial plastic surgery wherein the plastic surgeon uses ultrasound technology with an open approach to create a more precise final result.

The Anatomy of the Nose

Nose anatomy cross section illustration

The open rhinoplasty technique is used for maximum exposure of the nasal bone and an ultrasonic wave vibrating tipped instrument is used to shave excess nasal bone (the area that contributes to bumps and the dorsal hump). With the open approach, however, visible scarring is common. Traditional rhinoplasty techniques involve more aggressive chiseling and scraping. Ultrasound wave treatments are also believed to cause less surrounding tissue trauma.

What cosmetic concerns does an ultrasonic rhinoplasty procedure treat?

  1. Nose Shape: An open rhinoplasty will allow for maximum visualization of the nasal bone for precise ultrasonic wave alterations and contouring reducing bumps and the dorsal hump.
  2. Nose Size: The open rhinoplasty approach allows for extensive soft tissue (like nasal cartilage and nasal skin) changes in addition to the high precision ultrasonic wave nasal bone contouring.
  3. Nose Angle: Genetics or nasal trauma (think: a nasal fracture) can cause a crooked nose, nasal deviation, or concerns with the angle of the nose, and those concerns can be addressed with surgical intervention.

Who is the ideal candidate for an ultrasonic rhinoplasty procedure?

The ideal candidate for an ultrasonic rhinoplasty has nasal bumps or humps on the bridge of the nose. Ultrasonic rhinoplasty is generally not recommended for those under the age of 18 unless there is a specific need due to injury, in which case it would be considered a reconstructive surgery.

What is the average recovery associated with an ultrasonic rhinoplasty procedure?

The average recovery time for the acute healing phase is two to three weeks. During this time there will be significant swelling, bruising, and pain. The cast or splint will be removed after the first week and makeup can be applied. The nose will continue to heal over about 12 to 18 months, but most daily activities will be able to be resumed within the first month. (1, 2)

What are the potential side effects of an ultrasonic rhinoplasty procedure?

As with any surgical procedure, swelling, bruising, and pain are expected and temporary side effects. Visible scarring is common with open rhinoplasties and occurs on the base of the nose between the nostrils. Numbness, nerve damage , blood vessel damage, and nosebleeds may also occur.

What can someone expect from the results of an ultrasonic rhinoplasty procedure?

The results of an ultrasonic rhinoplasty are permanent, and will finalize over the course of 12 to 18 months.

What is the average cost of an ultrasonic rhinoplasty procedure?


This is a one and done surgical procedure that can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $15,000. The actual cost of the procedure is dependent upon location, surgeon, and length and involvement of the surgery. To learn more, check out our complete guide to rhinoplasty cost.

Pros

more precisemore accurateless likely to have revision surgery

Cons

costlyinvasivenot recommended for large nasal bone deformities

Invasiveness Score

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Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect


An ultrasonic rhinoplasty uses specialized tools to reshape the nasal bones for a more refined nose shape. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after an ultrasonic rhinoplasty.

The Takeaway


An ultrasonic rhinoplasty is an open rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery procedure used to finely and precisely alter the nasal bone and nasal bridge. It is a permanent procedure.
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  1. Jack R Harkema The Nose Revisited: A Brief Review of the Comparative Structure, Function, and Toxicologic Pathology of the Nasal Epithelium pubmed.gov
  2. Andreas Zanki Growth Charts for Nose Length, Nasal Protrusion, and Philtrum Length from Birth to 97 Years onlinelibrary.wiley.com
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