How does Latera® Work?
Latera® improves the structure of the airway by mechanically holding the nostrils in a more open, rigid position. The FDA-approved implant is inserted just inside the nostril rim through a tiny puncture in the skin. The implant is positioned over the area in which obstruction has occurred.
How is Latera® Absorbed?
The latex-free polylactic acid material that is used to make the Latera® implant is similar to dissolvable sutures. Over time, this material disintegrates and is absorbed into the surrounding tissue. From here, the body naturally processes the substance and eliminates it.
The dissolution of the rigid polylactic acid implant occurs over approximately 18 months. During this time, the material stimulates an increase in collagen production. As a result, the effects of having the implant will be persistent even after the implant has been absorbed.
Benefits of Latera®
One of the primary benefits of Latera® is that the treatment can be conducted in the office under IV sedation. The procedure does not involve incisions or stitches, nor any major adjustments to the foundational structure of the nose. No general anesthesia is needed, which means there is no downtime for recovery. Patients typically resume normal activities the next day after their Latera® implant is inserted.
How Does The Latera® Implant Improve Nasal Blockage?
Following the Latera® implant, patients experience the following results:
- Improved breathing capability through the nose
- Decrease the sensation of congestion
- Better quality sleep due to improved airflow
- Better physical comfort during exercise or other types of exertion
Risks of Latera® Implant?
There are very few risks associated with Latera®. The dissolvable implant is made from a material that has been safely used in medicine for many years. The risk of reaction to the polylactic acid is minimal, as is the risk of infection because only a small nick in the skin is made to insert the implant. The more common effects that may occur after Latera® treatment include mild irritation or discomfort at the insertion point or area in which the implant is positioned. Some patients may encounter slight inflammation or bruising. These side effects should diminish within a few days. There is a small risk the implant may be extruded by the body and may need to be replaced.
Schedule a Consultation
If you think you may have nasal airway obstruction, contact Sinus and Snoring Specialists in Austin, Texas. Our team can schedule a consultation and examination to discuss your symptoms and the benefit you may achieve with Latera® treatment. Call 512.601.0303 to speak with a friendly member of our team.