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LATERA™

What is LATERA™?

LATERA™ is an FDA approved implant designed to alleviate nasal obstruction that has now been in the United States market for six months. It’s a dissolvable implant, easily inserted in the lateral wall of the nose without any cutting required.

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Improve Your Quality Of Life With LATERA™

LATERA™ shows significant quality of life improvement for nasal obstruction patients with lateral wall or nasal valve collapse. While individual results may vary, LATERA™ patients saw the following improvements:

  • Reduced nasal congestion or stuffiness
  • Less trouble breathing through the nose
  • Improved ability to get enough air through the nose during exercise or exertion
  • Reduced nasal blockage or obstruction
  • Less trouble sleeping

What To Expect

Patients experienced a reduction in nasal obstruction symptoms of 53.1% at one year. Patients got these results without negative cosmetic effects. Risks included temporary symptoms such as:

  • Mild bruising and inflammation

  • Awareness of the implant

  • Mild pain or irritation

  • In a few cases, patients could feel the implant after placement. This issue resolved within three weeks of placement.

Other risks related to the LATERA™ implant included: discomfort, infection, reaction to material, and device retrieval.

What Are The Benefits?

  • It strengthens the walls of the nose to resist collapse on inspiration, and that is how LATERA™ works.

  • To test whether the LATERA™ implant might be of benefit, the patient can pull his or her cheek skin where the nose meets the face in the direction of the outside corner of the eye. If that significantly improves breathing, then LATERA™ might be of benefit.

  • It can be placed in the outpatient or office setting, with the patient asleep or awake.

  • It can be of significant benefit in patients seeking revision rhinoplasty because of functional issues resulting from narrowing of their nose.

  • It has been of benefit in patients who have experienced temporary improvement in breathing from breathe rite strips.

  • There is no downtime from work or activity following placement of the implant.

The LATERA™ implant is covered by most insurance companies and by Medicare.

LATERA® implant Patient Testimonial – Candace

Candace, a LATERA implant patient, shares her story about how nasal obstruction affected her life while exercising and sleeping. Although she knew she needed surgery to correct the issue, she didn’t want to change the appearance of her nose. The LATERA implant provided her improvement in breathing while the appearance of her nose remained the same.