What is the Difference Between Open and Closed Rhinoplasty?

The nose is at the center of our face and is the key to a well-balanced face. If you are unhappy with the shape, size, or appearance of your nose, a rhinoplasty can help. This procedure is done to reshape, resize, and reposition the nose to complement the rest of the face. However, there are different rhinoplasty techniques that can be used today. We have explained the differences between these two procedures below so you can know what to expect when choosing this surgery.

Open Rhinoplasty

An open rhinoplasty includes creating an incision along the columella, or the small area of tissue between the nostrils. This technique offers direct visualization of the nasal cartilage. It also allows superior control and precision to the surgeon. This technique is best for patients who need to alter the projection of their nose, change the shape of their nasal tip, or who are having revision rhinoplasty.

Closed Rhinoplasty

During a closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made inside the nostril. This technique requires less operative time. It also results in less swelling and healing time, and no scarring along the columella. This technique is often used if the tip of the nose has a good shape, but there is a bump on the nasal dorsum, or if the nasal bones are crooked.

Overall, both rhinoplasty techniques are effective and safe options. During your consultation with Dr. Stanislaw, he will examine the anatomy of your nose, and an individualized treatment plan will be created based on your desired outcomes.

To learn more about your rhinoplasty options, contact our Connecticut office today at 860-404-6133.

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