An open rhinoplasty is when the surgeon makes an incision at the base of the columella which is the soft fleshy bit in between your nostrils, before lifting the skin back away from the nose. Once the surgeon has good visibility of the structure of your nose, they will be able to sculpt the cartilage and tissue according to your desired results.
The benefits of an open rhinoplasty is that is allows the surgeons better visibility of the nose allowing for more precision, allows surgeons to better stabilise the nose post-surgery and it is more commonly performed making it easier to find a surgeon with experience. Although an open rhinoplasty may extend your recovery time slightly, any scarring will be carefully concealed on the outer rim of your nose meaning it can still be easily covered.
A closed rhinoplasty involves the surgeon making small incisions inside the nostril and the surgery is then carried out via the nostrils leaving the outside skin and tissue untouched.
The benefits of a closed rhinoplasty include a quicker recovery time, no visible scarring and reduced swelling. However it is important that you pick a surgeon who is highly experienced in the closed rhinoplasty technique as it does not allow as much visibility compared to the open rhinoplasty so results will depend on the skill of the surgeon.
At The Private Clinic we have surgeons who offer both close and open rhinoplasty procedures. Both techniques can be equally as effective and the best method will come down to your anatomy and your surgeon’s expertise. At your consultation, your surgeon will discuss with you which method they believe is best to help you achieve your desired results and why.
Open and closed rhinoplasty are different techniques, but overall, they both have the same outcomes.
There are pros and cons to both techniques and these will be discussed in more detail during your consultation or see our blog on Open vs Closed Rhinoplasty.