Learn About LATERA Implants
Millions of people are affected by nasal airway obstructions that cause uncomfortable symptoms that affect their daily lives. At SoCal Breathe Free Sinus & Allergy Centers, our physicians and ENT specialists can evaluate the cause of your congestion or obstruction and find a safe, effective solution. One solution we offer is the LATERA nasal implant surgery. The LATERA implant is a small, two-pronged implant that is inserted into the nose. It offers support for weak upper and/or lower nasal walls, and can open up airway passages that are obstructed. Call us today to schedule a consultation for LATERA in Burbank, CA.
What Is a LATERA Nasal Implant?
A LATERA nasal implant is an absorbable nasal implant that supports the upper or lower cartilage on the inside wall of your nose. This structural support can reduce nasal obstruction and help you breathe easier. When our physicians and ENT specialists perform an examination to assess your nasal obstruction and its cause, we will determine the best place to implant your LATERA implant for optimal support. The implant is inserted underneath the skin on one or both sides. As your skin heals around the LATERA implant, it is absorbed into the skin and your breathing and airflow improve dramatically for around 18 months. At that point, the body absorbs the implant. Your body will form a collagen matrix over the site where you had your LATERA nasal implant surgery, which should change your overall nose structure and help you breathe freely.
Who Is a Good Candidate for LATERA?
You can determine if you would be a good candidate for LATERA nasal implant surgery by using Breathe Right nasal strips while you work out, sleep, or during any other activity where you would normally have trouble breathing. You can also try the Cottle test to assess your breathing problems. Pull on your cheek so that one of your nostrils is pulled to the side. If this helps you breathe easier, you may benefit from a LATERA implant. You should visit us for a LATERA consultation if you have:
- Trouble sleeping due to breathing issues
- Problems getting enough air through your nose during exercise or other periods of exertion
- Extreme dry mouth after sleeping
What Are the Benefits of LATERA?
Most people experience immediate relief after the insertion of a nasal implant. Within one to two days after the procedure, you should be fully healed and enjoying free, obstruction-free breathing. The benefits of undergoing a LATERA nasal implant surgery are:
- Unobstructed breathing for 1.5-2.5 years
- Reduced nasal congestion and stuffiness
- Improved airflow through the nasal passages
- Better sleep
- Improved athletic performance or workouts
How Does LATERA Work?
After your LATERA nasal implant surgery, the implant relieves your nasal obstruction and allows the nasal passages to remain clear and open. As the implant dissolves over the course of 18 months, your body forms a fibrous capsule in its place. This maintains the integrity of the implant for the next year, sometimes longer.
LATERA Nasal Implant Surgery for Nasal Obstruction
Before we suggest you undergo the LATERA nasal implant surgery, we will complete a full physical examination and take your health history. We will go through what to expect during and after the procedure, and talk to you about the benefits and possible complications of nasal implant surgery. The procedure itself is a simple outpatient procedure that requires no hospital stay. We will administer either local or general anesthesia before we begin. The entire process only takes around three minutes for each side of the nose. We use a cannula that reaches deep into your nose to deliver the implant just under the skin of the nasal wall. Once injected, the implant supports the side wall cartilage on each side of the nasal wall and reduces nasal obstruction.
Schedule a Consultation for a LATERA Implant Today
Call us today or schedule an appointment online for a consultation for a LATERA implant. We can evaluate your nasal passages, discuss your symptoms and health history, and determine if you are a good candidate for LATERA nasal implant surgery.