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Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty


Open rhinoplasty is often misconceived as painful and traumatic, but many surgeons prefer this method for the more natural result they can deliver with it

With the large quantities of information on the internet, it is easy for patients to become confused over which options are best for them. One such topic is Open Rhinoplasty vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

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Closed rhinoplasty (endonasal rhinoplasty), involves all of the surgical incisions are made inside the nostrils. The primary benefit of this method is minimal visible scarring.

With Open Rhinoplasty, a small 4 to 5 mm trans-columellar incision is made to allow the surgeon to lift the nasal skin above the structure of the nose, exposing the inner portion and giving the surgeon the most visibility and accessibility.

Open rhinoplasty is often under the misconception of being a painful and traumatic. Many surgeons prefer this method as this approach allows the surgeon to achieve subtle changes in the appearance of the nose, ensuring the patient gets the most natural-looking results possible from their nose job.

According to a statement released by Orange County facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Kevin Sadati, there is minimal scarring associated with the open rhinoplasty approach. The incision is hidden between the two nostrils. The average person would not be able to see the incision at all because it is virtually out of sight.

"It is important to remember that cosmetic surgeons will recommend the type of rhinoplasty surgery they feel will yield the best results," explained Dr. Kevin Sadati.