Why Open Rhinoplasty Is the Way to Go
Individuals who struggle with a poorly shaped or overly large nose may be considering nasal enhancement with rhinoplasty. This procedure can reshape the nasal bone, cartilage, and other tissue to create a more attractive aesthetic and balance between the facial features. Depending on a patient’s needs and expectations, they may be candidates for either open or closed rhinoplasty. Several surgeons perform both techniques, but many of them prefer the open approach. We believe open rhinoplasty is the most effective method for sculpting the nose because it delivers more accurate and pleasing results.
Benefits of Open Rhinoplasty
Open rhinoplasty involves creating a small incision between the nostrils across the columella and inside the nose to reveal the internal structure of the nose. A highly skilled and board-certified plastic surgeon will have the expertise and finesse to utilize this technique in almost all patients without producing any significant visible scarring. While there is a slight chance of having visible scarring after open rhinoplasty, most patients report that the satisfying and precise results outweigh the potential side effects of the procedure. Open rhinoplasty is a popular surgical choice because of the following reasons:
- Full visibility of the surgical site
- A wider range of enhancement possibilities
- Minimizes the risk of cartilage distortion
Limitations of Closed Rhinoplasty
Closed rhinoplasty may be an attractive option for patients who are seeking nose enhancement because it tends to require a shorter recovery period and produce less swelling. However, there are limitations to what this technique can accomplish. While there are patients who may benefit from closed rhinoplasty, this approach is ideal for specific minor corrections, such as changes solely to the nasal bridge. Some of the main downsides to closed rhinoplasty are:
- Less visibility of the surgical site
- A narrower space to work in
- Limited to simpler modifications
- Necessitates more stretching of the nasal skin
The best way to know which type of rhinoplasty technique will help you achieve your aesthetic goals is by speaking to a board-certified plastic surgeon. To find out if open rhinoplasty is right for you, please schedule your consultation with Dr. George Alexander by calling 702.243.6778.