An Open Vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

A ‘nose job’ isn’t just any old nose job anymore! The advancement of technology, tools, and expert techniques alongside experience has allowed surgeons to address aesthetic and functional issues with their patients’ noses in more ways than ever before! If you’re considering a nose job then this article is for you. Let’s discuss the difference between an open and closed rhinoplasty and how board-certified cosmetic plastic surgeon Dr. Adibfar can give you the nose you’ve always wished for.


As with many extensive plastic surgeries, Dr. Adibfar meticulously tailors the procedure to each patient’s desires, realistic expectations, biology, and anatomy. When considering rhinoplasty, certain techniques can benefit one patient, while a group of other complementary methods may appear more suitable for someone else. The key here is that you always choose a plastic surgeon that has extensive experience and is well-known for his or her artistry in the procedure you seek. This is also important to decrease your chances of having to get multiple revision rhinoplasties in the future.


Generally speaking, open and closed rhinoplasties are both equally common. A closed rhinoplasty refers to a nose job where the incisions are carefully made inside the patient’s nostrils only, reducing any chance of having an apparent incision line. Closed rhinoplasties also typically include a more swift recovery with little swelling.


An open rhinoplasty allows for more access to the underlying structures and tissues of the nose, therefore giving Dr. Adibfar more opportunity to correct more complex structural and aesthetic issues. It does involve some incisions other than the internal nose sutures however they are placed so as not to be noticeable after a full recovery. Open rhinoplasty can address certain aspects for example: breathing abnormalities, complete reconstruction of the nose, correcting significantly large nose tips, and more.


Typically a closed rhinoplasty is best suited for procedures requiring less correction to the nose. An open rhinoplasty, therefore, exists to address more severe corrections and reconstruction. Recovery can be generally swift for both procedures depending on the patient and their adherence to detailed post-operative recovery instructions. Patients can expect bruising, discolouration, and swelling around the eyes which can be helped with ice, rest, and time. After approximately 8 weeks-12 weeks full results are more apparent and patients notice a vast improvement not only in the look of their noses but also their breathing — for those undergoing a rhinoplasty for structural concerns, however, final healing may take up to 1 year.


Whether you require more or less work for your nose job, Dr. Adibfar and his helpful staff will guide you to make the right plan according to your wishes and hopes. While there certainly are other temporary nonsurgical solutions out there, nothing can compare to the long-lasting results of a well-crafted rhinoplasty from an astute and extensively experienced plastic surgeon like board-certified  Dr. Adibfar.


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