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Differentiating Open and Closed Rhinoplasty

60964330Rhinoplasty, also known as nose surgery, is a procedure that reshapes the nose for a more attractive appearance. It is a very popular cosmetic procedure in the United States with about 400,000 people getting a nose job every year. Rhinoplasty in Sugarland improves the patient’s facial profile and promotes facial balance. There are two techniques in performing rhinoplasty – the open and closed technique.

Closed rhinoplasty

In closed rhinoplasty, incisions are found inside the nostrils. Parallel incisions encompass almost half of the nostril’s lining, yet not even a small portion of the incision is visible externally. Thus, a scar cannot be seen. Then again, this technique makes it hard to reposition the nasal skin. Access to the nasal skeleton is also limited. Furthermore, the nasal cartilage can be distorted when the skin of the nose is stretched just to access the nasal skeleton. Although a scar is not visible, a closed rhinoplasty has its limitations.

Open rhinoplasty

In open rhinoplasty, the incision is found in between the two nostrils or what is known as the columella. The incision is visible and gives a clear view of the nasal skeleton. Also, the technique permits the nasal skin to be folded up. Apart from the visibility offered by open nose surgery, there is minimal nasal cartilage distortion. Every component of the nose can also be assessed in their natural positions.

Which is right for you?

Both techniques have their advantages and disadvantages. There is no one technique that applies to all patients. Every patient is unique and the best way to know whether you need open rhinoplasty or closed rhinoplasty is to see a plastic surgeon for an initial consultation.

Dr. Wilberto G. Cortes has performed numerous nose surgeries utilizing both the open and closed technique. Set up an appointment with Dr. Cortes and find out which approach is best for you.

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