What is Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty?

What is Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty and how does this differ from other rhinoplasty techniques.

Doctor Answers 3

Traditional rhinoplasty

 Ultrasonic rhinoplasty has not been accepted very much in the United States. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult procedures to perform correctly in the entire field of cosmetic surgery so it is important to choose a  very experienced rhinoplasty surgeon. In our practice, we still use traditional instruments which are time tested, just like Dr. Eric Joseph mentions.


Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Ultrasonic bone aspirators are used by some surgeons for removing a nasal dorsal hump during rhinoplasty surgery.

"The SONOPET ultrasonic bone aspirator (Mutoh Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan) utilizes ultrasonic waves to emulsify bone with concurrent irrigation and suction, enabling precise, graded bone removal under direct visualization without thermal or mechanical injury to the surrounding soft tissue or mucosa."


In our practice, we use rasps and other time tested conventional methods to remove a dorsal hump. We have no personal experience with this technology that has been available for over seven years.

Thank you for your query.

Dr Joseph


Eric M. Joseph, MD
West Orange Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Ultrasonic Rhinoplasty

I believe you are referring to a method of removing bone when it is required.  Not many surgeons utilize this method as most are already skilled at more established and tested methods of performing this maneuver as part of their Rhinoplasty procedure.  I personally find the bone removal as the least complicated aspect of the procedure and adding technology where it is not needed simply adds cost and time to the surgery.

S. Randolph Waldman, MD
Lexington Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 14 reviews

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