Rhinoplasty Experts Brings Power Tools to Surgery

Rhinoplasty surgery is performed by Dr. Miller in Manhattan using a power tool.

“Very lilttle to no healing time. There is minimal swelling and almost no dissection so little bruising. ” -Dr. Philip Miller

Rhinoplasty was first performed in India thousands of years ago, using only a few simple tools. As the techniques for the procedure evolved throughout the centuries, tools were slow to change. While technology has advanced a great deal and provided today’s surgeons with a number of innovative tools, some classic implements are still used. If you are interested in undergoing rhino­­­­plasty surgery, or are simply curious about how this complex and popular surgery is performed, read on to learn more about the tools of the trade. Tools today may seem basic, but this is because the surgeon’s technique is the most important factor in rhinoplasty surgery. The tools currently in use are meant to create the best possible lasting outcome with the least amount of discomfort for the patient.

Traditional Tools Include: 

  • SCALPELS
  • RASPS
  • OSTEOTOMES (BONE KNIVES)
  • FORCEPS/RETRACTORS/SKIN HOOKS
  • SUTURES

POWER TOOLS REDUCE TRAUMA

Manual tools have given good and even excellent results for skilled doctors in the last century, but the newer rhinoplasty power tools offer many benefits to both the surgeon and the patient during and after rhinoplasty. New power tools such as saws and rasps are often superior to their manual predecessors, as they minimize trauma to the nose and allow the surgeon to work more quickly and precisely. Manual rasps, though they produce beautiful results when used by a competent surgeon, often cause temporary damage to soft tissue in the nose. This cancan increase the necessary healing time, cause more swelling, and/or causing aesthetic irregularities. Power rasps are less likely to disturb surrounding tissue, and are efficient to use. Other power tools in use currently are saws and drills.

Imaging Software is also key! 

An important piece of equipment that is used before the surgery is even scheduled is imaging software to help doctor and patient get a preview of what the nose should resemble after surgery. It is very important for rhinoplasty patients to have realistic expectations about the surgery, and imaging technology greatly reduces misunderstandings between patient and surgeon, allowing for better communication and planning. Of course, the finished product will never look exactly like the image preview, but this preview can give the surgeon a template to work from. You will also appreciate having these images, along with before and after photos, to compare your outcome to.

MOST IMPORTANT TOOL

The most important tool in a surgeon’s arsenal is his or her own skill. The success of a rhinoplasty largely rests on the surgeon’s experience, technique, skill, and artistry. It is not always easy to find the right surgeon for you, but it is essential to the success of your eventual outcome that you find a board certified rhinoplasty expert you feel comfortable with and whose outcomes appeal to you. You should perform a great deal of research on prospective surgeons before you attend consultations with your top picks.

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