There’s been an upswing in demand for rhinoplasty in recent years, and the increasing numbers has been linked to the use of social media. But if you’re thinking about having nose surgery, it’s important to know what types of rhinoplasty exist.
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty (nasal surgery) is a procedure that is done to improve the appearance of the nose. Nasal surgery is typically performed for cosmetic purposes to make changes to the shape and size of the nose, but it can also be done to correct a structural problem or reconstruct the nose after an injury.
Depending on the complexity of the procedure, rhinoplasty can take anywhere from 1-3 hours.
What types of rhinoplasty exist?
There are two main types of rhinoplasty, open and closed rhinoplasty.
- Closed Rhinoplasty
The incisions for closed rhinoplasty are all made inside the nostrils, so there are no external incisions, and no visible scars. Changes are made to the cartilage and bone to achieve the desired adjustments. Closed rhinoplasty is often performed to remove a hump on the profile of the nose, or refine the nasal tip.
- Open Rhinoplasty
The incisions are also hidden within the nose for open rhinoplasty. However, another incision is made on the underside of the columella, which is the thin strip of tissue between the two nostrils. The additional incision allows the surgeon greater access to tissue and cartilage. This approach is preferred for patients requiring more extensive modification to the tip and bridge of the nose.
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If you are in the Newport Beach or greater Orange County, CA areas, contact board certified plastic surgeon Tenley Lawton, M.D. for a consultation.
You can reach Dr. Lawton at www.lawtonmd.com, or by calling (949) 835-5249.