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Should I Get Open or Closed Rhinoplasty?

Posted September 11, 2017 in Rhinoplasty

When you go in for nose surgery, your surgeon will typically use either an open or a closed technique. The right rhinoplasty technique for you will be based on your preferences and needs. MagicSurgeon Dr. Humberto Palladino will help you choose between open and closed rhinoplasty so that you can look forward to the best results.

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Open rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The surgery begins with an external incision at the base of the nose (across the strip of tissue between the nostrils), after which the surgeon opens up the nose. The surgeon has a full, unobstructed view of the nose and can freely and precisely manipulate the internal structures, placing additional small internal incisions where needed. After aligning and refining the nose, the surgeon skillfully redrapes and closes the nose.

Who Should Get Open Rhinoplasty

The type of candidate that should get open rhinoplasty will desire significant changes to their nose. Bold or dramatically different results require this more invasive approach. Appropriate candidates may want to alter the entire structure or shape of their nose. Complex cases often require open rhinoplasty. For example, if cartilage must be removed from or added to the nose, open rhinoplasty may be necessary. Candidates will also be willing to accept the possibility of a fine, discreet scar at the base of the nose. This scar will fade with time. Because this is a more invasive technique, candidates for open rhinoplasty must recognize that the recovery period may be longer than with closed rhinoplasty.

Closed Rhinoplasty

Closed rhinoplasty is an outpatient procedure performed under either general anesthesia or intravenous sedation. The surgery is conducted using only small internal incisions. The surgeon works through the nostrils and has a limited view of the nasal structure. Nonetheless, the surgeon can make noticeable improvements to the nose, including some modifications of the nasal structure and refinement of the tissues.

Who Should Get Closed Rhinoplasty

The type of candidate that should get closed rhinoplasty will desire more subtle changes to their nose. Minor adjustments can be made through this less invasive surgical approach. Candidates will not need to alter the entire structure of their nose, but they may desire correction of minor structural problems. Major changes are not possible with closed rhinoplasty, which is why this technique is not recommended for candidates who want significant changes. Closed rhinoplasty is ideal for less complicated cases. Fortunately for closed rhinoplasty candidates, there is no risk of external scarring, and the procedure and recovery times are typically shorter than with open rhinoplasty.

If you are not sure whether you should get open or closed rhinoplasty, schedule your consultation with Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Humberto Palladino, also known as MagicSurgeon. He can customize your procedure to precisely meet your needs. To book your appointment, call (866) 624-7874 or inquire online today.

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