What is it?

The LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant is a small, beam-like implant, that gives structural support to your lateral, or outer, nasal walls. The material is composed of an absorbable polymer that is used extensively in many medical applications. It serves to give support while stimulating your body to increase its own structural support as it is absorbed over time. The implant itself has an anchor which is placed deeper within the nasal cavity. From the anchor point extends the beam, or rod, of the implant which holds the inside nasal walls open to allow for easier breathing and reduced congestion.

How is the LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant Used?

The anchor of the implant is inserted above the bone of the upper part of the nose. The anchor has two points to allow for greater strength and support. From this point a small rod extends down toward the lower nasal cartilage, holding the lateral wall of the nasal cavity open and preventing it from collapsing inward. One implant may be used to correct one side, or two may be used to correct both sides of the nose to open the nasal passages. The material is gradually absorbed over a period of about 18 months.


The results from having a LATERA absorbable nasal Implant placed inside the outer nasal wall include:

  • Immediate improvement in the ability to breathe naturally
  • Ability to get healthy rest during sleeping hours
  • Reduced congestion
  • A decrease in nasal blockages or obstructions
  • More oxygen flow through the nose when performing exercise or strenuous activities

These results often last for years after the placement of the implant as collagen production will have formed a natural structural support within the nose as the implant is absorbed.

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What Should I Expect During the Recovery?

The recovery period is relatively short, especially when compared to more invasive procedures such as a septoplasty or rhinoplasty. You can expect to spend at least the first day or so recovering from the use of the anesthetic and getting used to the presence of the implant. There may be some swelling, bruising, or irritation that should subside within the first few days. Dr. Nassif will inform you as to any precautions that are necessary during this time or signs to be aware of. Otherwise expect an easy recovery and enjoy opened airways and easier breathing.

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What can I expect during the procedure?

Will the implant change my appearance?

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What can I expect during the procedure?

The procedure takes roughly 10 minutes and can be performed under light sedation or with a local anesthetic. During the procedure a small cannula is inserted into the outer nasal wall up past the bone of the upper nose. The implant is then released and anchored. The rest of the implant is placed as the cannula is withdrawn. This will be repeated on both sides if both are being treated. Any discomfort can be eased with prescribed pain relief, but many patients require only a short period of using over the counter painkillers.

Will the implant change my appearance?

It is very unlikely that the LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant will cause a change to your appearance. The implants are small, and only serve to open your nasal passages. You may notice a slight increase in the width of your nose, but most patients see no outward change.

Why choose us?

Dr. Nassif is a plastic surgeon with years of specialized training and experience. He and his team are there to answer all of your questions regarding the LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant and other surgical and non-surgical procedures to enhance your appearance and quality of life.

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Dr. Paul Nassif understands the importance of feeling confident in your appearance. He works with patients to enhance their natural beauty and allow them to get the most out of life. If you are interested in an appointment with Dr. Nassif, contact our office to schedule your consultation.

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