The Different Rhinoplasty Procedures

The Different Rhinoplasty Procedures

rhinoplasty is a type of plastic surgery used to change the size, shape, or functionality of the nasal structures. When someone is unsatisfied with the way their nose looks and wants a more attractive appearance, they frequently turn to rhinoplasty.

Knowing you’re not the only one considering nose job surgery may give you some peace of mind. In 2013, more than 220,000 people underwent surgery nose reshaping.

The two types of rhinoplasties that are performed most frequently are Open and Closed Rhinoplasty. A Secondary Rhinoplasty, also known as a Revision Rhinoplasty, might also need to be carried out by a plastic surgeon. There is also a non-surgical method called Filler Rhinoplasty for making small adjustments to the nose.

The four primary cosmetic and medical techniques for altering the nose are as follows:

Open Rhinoplasty

When reshaping the nose significantly, the Open Rhinoplasty surgery is utilized. The skin flap separating the nostrils will be cut by the surgeon during this procedure. The surgeon can examine and operate with the nasal architecture by lifting the skin and soft tissue.

The benefits of open rhinoplasty include allowing the surgeon to see the cartilage and other nasal anatomy up close and being able to regulate and precisely alter the form of the nose.

Closed Rhinoplasty

The incisions for a closed rhinoplasty are made inside the nose. The skin is then peeled from the bone and cartilage, much like in an Open Rhinoplasty, giving the surgeon access to the underlying structure. In order to get the required shape or structural repair, the bone and cartilage can then be modified, removed, or added to.

Closed rhinoplasty has the advantage of taking less time during surgery, resulting in less swelling, and requiring less time for postoperative recovery. This is in addition to the incision’s position and the minimal scar it leaves behind.

(Your surgeon will go over these methods with you and let you know which one they believe is best for the required surgical treatment.)

Revision Rhinoplasty

Because a revision rhinoplasty involves a second surgery to address issues that have arisen and persisted following a prior rhinoplasty, it is also known as a secondary rhinoplasty.

The issue can be one of presentation. It’s possible that the patient does not like how the initial procedure turned out. Or a revision rhinoplasty may be necessary due to a structural issue or a trauma sustained in an accident after a person has already had surgery to change the shape of their nose.

Sometimes it’s a simple issue that may be resolved during a visit to the doctor’s office. Other times, a complex issue can arise, making the correction more challenging to carry out than the initial operation. It is possible to perform secondary rhinoplasty as an open or closed surgery.

Filler Rhinoplasty

Your doctor will perform a Filler Rhinoplasty treatment to reshape your nose using injectable fillers. The doctor can modify the curve of the nose tip, eliminate sharp angles and bumps, and partially restore symmetry with this non-surgical method. Filler rhinoplasty cannot enlarge someone’s nose because it is an augmentation operation, meaning that material is being added.

Hyaluronic acid (Restalyne, Juvederm) or calcium hydroxyapatite are two fillers that are frequently utilized for this non-surgical rhinoplasty (Radiesse).

As a cosmetic treatment, rhinoplasty cannot treat medical conditions like a deviated septum.

Although quite efficient, injectable fillers cannot provide the same long-lasting benefits as rhinoplasty surgery.


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