How does LATERA Work?

The LATERA Absorbable Nasal Implant is used to support upper and lower lateral cartilage in the nose, reinforcing the nasal wall like traditional cartilage and polymer grafts. Supporting the cartilage in this manner may reduce nasal airway obstruction symptoms and help patients breathe better.

The technology is intuitive to learn and use, and is delivered inside the nasal wall by ENTs or plastic surgeons.

LATERA supports the upper and lower lateral cartilage by anchoring above the maxilla to provide cantilever support.

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How is LATERA Absorbed?

The LATERA implant is absorbed over a period of ~18 months. Post implantation, a fibrous capsule forms and the integrity of the implant is maintained through 12 months. Tissue encapsulation promotes acute implant stability and enables localized tissue response during the absorption process. Remodeling occurs once the implant is replaced with fibrous collagen construct to provide ongoing support.

Histologic findings from implants placed in the Nasal Dorsum (Ovine model), 6 weeks through 24 months1


Implant integrity maintained while fibrous capsule forms.



Tissue encapsulation promotes acute implant stability. Safety profile shows minimal inflammatory response and expected surrounding tissue reaction.



Capsule and fibrotic tissue remains as implant degrades and is absorbed. Collagen construct replaces implant at 24 months.


1. Histologic  findings  based  on  implants  placed  in ovine model (N=6  animals  at  6wks,  N=2@12mo,  N=1@18mo,  N=1@24mo)

What Have Patients Experienced with the LATERA Implant?

LATERA showed significant quality of life improvement for nasal obstruction patients with lateral wall or nasal valve collapse, as measured by the NOSE survey.9,11

While individual results may vary, LATERA patients saw the following improvements12:

  • 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

Patients experienced a reduction in nasal obstruction symptoms of 57.7% at two years, as measured by the NOSE survey.11, 14  Patients achieved these results without negative cosmetic effects.

Risks included temporary symptoms such as:

  • Mild bruising and inflammation
  • Awareness of the implant
  • Mild pain or irritation

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

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Will My Patient’s Appearance Change?

Patients experienced no long-term adverse cosmetic changes with the LATERA implant.

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