The material has enabled me to safely perform extracorporeal septoplasties and more complicated septoplasty maneuvers without creating instability.
New York, NY (PRWEB) December 07, 2011
Dr. Minas Constantinides, of Facial and Reconstructive Surgery in the Department of Otolaryngology at NYU Medical Center, has recently introduced a revolutionary, state-of-the-art rhinoplasty technique into his practice: the use of PDS flexible plates for complex rhinoplasty surgeries. This technique is useful in a range of rhinoplasty procedures, including septoplasty, a procedure for correcting a badly deviated septum.
When the septum is crooked, plastic surgeons reconnect the necessary portions of cartilage to realign the nasal septum. However, more important to the process is the stabilization of the cartilage throughout the recovery period. For cases in which the deviation is severe, extra support is necessary while healing. This support can be provided by the PDS flexible plates. The flexible PDS implants can be sewn to the cartilage more easily than autologous implants using bone from the posterior septum, making them more efficient for difficult cases.
Additionally, the PDS flexible plates, which are made from the same material as PDS sutures, dissolve after several months, while the nasal septum remains stabilized and maintains its aligned structure. The material is safe, effective, and readily available. PDS plates are available in three different densities, the thinnest of which is perforated. The material has been utilized in Europe since 1996 and is now an important component to achieving optimal results for rhinoplasty patients in the U.S.
Dr. Constantinides led a panel discussion in New York on the topic in July, 2011. Dr. Constantinides says, “The material has enabled me to safely perform extracorporeal septoplasties and more complicated septoplasty maneuvers without creating instability. I believe it significantly improves my options in complex primary and revision septal reconstructions.”
Over the course of his career, Dr. Constantinides has performed more than one-thousand rhinoplasty surgeries, over half of which were revisions made to previous procedures performed by other surgeons. The board-certified plastic surgeon regularly instructs fellow surgeons in the latest rhinoplasty techniques and is considered a pioneer in the field of plastic surgery.
For more information, visit http://www.newyorkfacialplastics.com or call the office of Minas Constantinides, MD, FACS at (212) 263-5882.