Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is conducted to enhance or reconstruct a person’s nose. People undergo this procedure to improve the aesthetic appeal of their noses, which can enhance the look of their overall face. In some cases, rhinoplasty is used to restore nasal functions that have been impaired due to congenital defects, trauma, or a respiratory impediment.
What Does This Procedure Involve?
Rhinoplasty involves changing the shape and form of a person’s nose. This procedure can make their nose smaller or larger and can even change angles in relation to the person’s lips. Indentations, bumps, and various other defects can be corrected using this procedure.
During this operation, the plastic surgeon makes small incisions on the inside or outside of the nose to gain access to the cartilage and bone that supports the organ. Based on the result desired, some amount of cartilage and bone can be removed or added. Once the rearrangement has been made, the tissue and skin are replaced and the incisions are stitched up. The patient is provided with a splint that will help support the nose as it heals and takes on a new shape.
In certain cases, support must be added to the nasal architecture. Grafts are used to bolster sections of the nose, and one type of graft that is commonly used is PDS plate.
What Is PDS Plate?
PDS plate is a cosmetic device that is made of flexible material very similar to the material used to making suture threads. It is used to create support during procedures like rhinoplasty and dissolves after six to nine months. After it dissolves, the natural cartilage begins to heal and natural bonding takes place.
How Is PDS Plate Used?
PDS plate comes into use during certain complex nasal procedures. It is used on its own when straightening a deviated nasal septum. When cartilage grafts are required but there are not enough continuous blocks of cartilage available, this material can also be used to enhance the strength of the grafts.
Reports have shown that once cartilage fragments are sutured together in place with PDS plate, they start growing and begin to fuse again due to the stability provided by the plate. PDS plate is absorbable, and once this happens, only the reinforced cartilage remains.
What Are the Advantages of PDS Plate?
Although PDS plate is relatively new in the medical market, it has been shown to have several benefits. Some of these include the following:
•For some procedures, it eliminates the need for cartilage donors.
•It decreases the risk of inferior functional or cosmetic results.
•It reduces the need for corrective surgeries in case of poor results.
•It is made of absorbable material and dissolves in around six to nine months.
•It can be customized or trimmed as per requirements in the surgery.
•It has good tensile strength and can withstand pressure like natural cartilage can.
Find Out More
If you have to undergo a procedure that requires the grafting of PDS plate, it is advised that you come to our office. Dr. Paul Nassif is an experienced surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist who is very knowledgeable regarding the uses, placement, and post-surgical effects of PDS plate. Arrange a consultation with Dr. Nassif – contact our office to find out more.