absorbable nasal implant

The LATERA 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.16

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


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Features and benefits

Forked tip 

for anchoring the implant in place


Absorbable nasal implant

absorbable PLLA polymer with long history of use in various medical applications


Ball Tip

designed to be atraumatic


latera forked tip

Watch how the LATERA implant works

The LATERA implant is inserted with a 16-guage cannula and supports the upper and lower lateral cartilage by anchoring above the maxilla to provide cantilever support.

How is the LATERA implant absorbed?35

The LATERA implant is absorbed over a period of about 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.



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.

Latera Histologic Findings

What have patients experienced with the LATERA implant?

Latera Patient Experience

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

While individual results may vary, LATERA implant 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

Patients experienced a reduction in nasal obstruction symptoms of 57.7% at two years, as measured by the NOSE survey. 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.

Will my patient's appearance change?

Patients experienced no long-term adverse cosmetic changes with the LATERA implant.16


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