Over the past 35+ years I've used stents for support in revision rhinoplasties where too much cartilage or bone has been removed or in augmenting noses where the patient has a small nose with soft cartilages but wants increased definition.
What are the benefits of the use of stents in rhinoplasty? When are they mainly used?
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What are the benefits of the use of stents in rhinoplasty?
I will rarely use stents after rhinoplasty but will do so when there is a high risk of scar tissue forming between the septum (middle) and outer wall of the nose or turbinates. Stents keep the tissue layers separated and allow them to heal without adhering. They can widen the nose which can create issues after cosmetic procedures but can be very helpful following extensive reconstructive surgery of the nose.
Stents in the splints for nasal support
Stents in the nose are only used in our practice when there is an large adhesion present which needs to be removed and lysed and the stent is placed to prevent reoccurrence. A splint is placed across the outside of the nasal bones (also known as a cast) when osteotomies are performed. Routine packing and stents are not used inside the nose in our practice.
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Stents with rhinoplasty
Stents are generally used in children with cleft lip and nasal deformities to prevent the nostrils from closing up or developing stenosis. Splints are used on the outer portion of the nose when the nose is surgically broken. Sometimes, splints are used on the inside of the nose to support the septum after surgery is performed to straighten the septum (septoplasty). Thank you for your question. Best wishes.