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Is Open Rhinoplasty Better Than Closed Rhinoplasty?


Posted August 03, 2020 in Rhinoplasty

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If you are considering rhinoplasty, chances are you have heard the terms “open rhinoplasty” and “closed rhinoplasty.” Both surgical procedures are used to correct nasal asymmetry and enhance nasal appearance; however, their incision techniques differ. 

Side by side comparison of a woman before and after a rhinoplasty procedure.

Before you go under the knife for a nose job, whatever the reason, it is important to understand what each procedure presents and what to expect.

What Is the Difference Between Open Rhinoplasty and Closed Rhinoplasty?

Open rhinoplasty involves three incisions: two inside the nostrils and one at the base of the columella (the soft tissue in between your nostrils). It offers access to all the nose’s internal and structural aspects, giving full visibility of the entire underlying nasal structure. Once this is done, your surgeon will sculpt the cartilage and tissue according to your desired results.

Conversely, closed rhinoplasty surgery is done through incisions made within the nostrils without venturing near the outside skin or tissue. This means that you will have no visible scarring and will experience less swelling of the tip.

Do You Need an Open or Closed Rhinoplasty?

Your surgeon’s choice between these techniques will primarily depend on how the underlying nasal structure affects the desired outcome, considering the contour of the nose. Generally, open rhinoplasty is extremely helpful for performing nose surgery procedures that require more significant reconstruction work or revisions. It is also useful if you are having changes done on your septum, dorsum, tip, or nostrils, or wanting to remove a bump or hump on the nasal bridge.

The open approach can sometimes offer patients better results, safer procedures, and higher accuracy because of the improved visualization. It is regarded to be the most effective technique for most contemporary rhinoplasty procedures.

Since closed rhinoplasty offers limited visibility and surgical access to the underlying structure, the technique is recommended for patients who are opting for simple changes. 

A nose job, no matter how slight the variations, can impact your self-image significantly. It is vital to ensure your surgery is performed by a highly qualified and experienced rhinoplasty surgeon for outstanding results.

Recovery Time for Open and Closed Rhinoplasty

Closed nose surgery is less invasive than the open method; therefore, it features a shorter recovery period. This technique leaves no scarring and results in less swelling after surgery. 

With the amount of work involved in open rhinoplasty, the procedure is more invasive, and recovery time will be longer. External scarring is minimal and gradually fades away with time.

The appropriate technique for you will often depend on the extent of augmentation needed. Consult with Dr. Brothers to see which is best for your nasal concerns.

Interested in Learning More?

If you are unhappy with the shape of your nose or are experiencing breathing problems, we would like to help. Dr. Brothers has the experience, expertise, and skill to help you achieve beautiful and balanced results. Contact us today at 404-257-9888 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation.

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