In the case of most Caucasian Rhinoplasty’s the dorsal hump tends to be the focus of concern regardless of sex or age. Dorsal hump reduction is therefore an essential surgical step during a Rhinoplasty in order to resect portions of both the bone and cartilage. Following the dorsal height reduction, the vault of the nose is destroyed and must then be reconstructed in order to be functional again.
For the last 50 years, this technique was the standard procedure used by surgeons to remove a hump and change the shape of the nose. The unfortunate complications of this technique included: bone irregularities, dorsal deformities, saddle noses and breathing issues. Rhinoplasty surgery carries the highest rate of revision and secondary surgery out of all cosmetic procedures. Complex reconstruction surgery on the nose usually involves the use of grafts taken from the patients rib or ear.
If you could imagine the nose as a tall building with the top floor being the hump. In the past surgeons would remove the top floor or hump in order to reduce the size of the building. This approach leaves the roof open, which would then need to be reconstructed in order to restore the coverage.
By using the Preservation Rhinoplasty technique surgeons no longer need to destroy or reconstruct the dorsum or roof during surgery. The height or first floor is reduced internally, the nose then becomes smaller and the hump disappears.
This new technique is less invasive and less traumatic for the patient. Dorsal preservation also achieves a more natural result, avoiding many of the secondary deformities that lead to patients requiring revision surgery.
Patients who undergo Preservation Rhinoplasty have a faster recovery and are discharged home only a few hours following their surgery.
Thanks to this less invasive technique, the risk of bleeding post-operatively reduces, meaning that the soft packs inserted inside the nose allow the patient to breathe straight away.
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