Open vs Closed Rhinoplasty Procedure

By on August 2, 2018 under Plastic Surgery

A rhinoplasty, otherwise known as a nose job, can improve the shape, size, and projection of your nose. This can have a huge impact on your facial balance and overall appearance! If you’re considering a rhinoplasty procedure, you’re probably wondering how yours will be performed. Here are the two main procedure techniques to enhance your nose:

Open Rhinoplasty

In an open rhinoplasty, the incision is made along the columella, the soft tissue between the nostrils. This allows for the nasal skin to be lifted so that the nasal tip can be altered with precision. This technique can help improve a nose with a complex nasal structure or nasal tip deformity. If your nose requires a dramatic enhancement in projection, your surgeon will likely choose an open rhinoplasty technique. The downside to this technique is a longer procedure process with more swelling and recovery time. Although your incision will be placed in the natural crease of the nose where it will be virtually unnoticeable, there will be a small scar along the columella.

Closed Rhinoplasty

In a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nostril. This technique results in no visible scarring and reduced swelling for a smoother recovery process. The closed procedure can be effective for patients with straight forward nasal anatomy. If you need minimal nasal tip enhancing, you could benefit from the closed rhinoplasty. However, the closed rhinoplasty limits more dramatic altering and reshaping.

Dr. Hall can determine which rhinoplasty technique is right for you during your initial consultation to discuss your concerns and examine your nose. To schedule your appointment and get started on your treatment plan, contact our office today!

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