Closed VS Open Rhinoplasty
Have you been questioning whether to undergo rhinoplasty nose surgery for quite a long time now and finally decided to go for it? If so, the next decision you should make is – open or closed rhinoplasty.
The benefits of the nose job are already established – not only it improves breathing difficulties, but it helps straighten the nose, change its size and/or shape, refine the tip of the nose, and correct certain deformities.
The rhinoplasty procedure can be performed using a closed or open technique. Regardless of the technique used, which is usually based on the surgeon’s training and preference, rhinoplasty aims to create a “natural” looking nose along with a good nasal airway.
At our Park Plaza Plastic Surgery Center in New York, patients get both improved appearance and better nose functioning.
Common Rhinoplasty Concerns and Questions
- Which procedure – open or closed rhinoplasty, is suitable for you?
- What are the main advantages and disadvantages?
- How does the recovery period differ?
These are common questions among our patients, so in this article, we will try to cover as much as possible to make you fully understand these two rhinoplasty procedures and their main benefits.
Closed Rhinoplasty Procedure
The closed rhinoplasty (also known as “scarless rhinoplasty“) is performed entirely through the inside of the nose. This means incisions are made completely inside the nostrils. It is less invasive, without any visible incisions, and includes less swelling.
Closed Rhinoplasty Advantages
The closed approach involves certain advantages and disadvantages, just like any other plastic surgery procedure.
- the absence of any outside scars as this procedure is completely done inside the nose – no visible scarring may be the number one reason for our patients to choose closed rhinoplasty
- there are no stitches to be removed
- less invasive procedure
- post-op swelling is reduced
- shorter recovery period
Closed Rhinoplasty Disadvantages
- it requires lots of experience using this technique because exposure is more limited
- restricted access may make complex shaping of the tip of the nose harder to be performed
You should pay attention when choosing your closed rhinoplasty plastic surgeon, as this technique requires extensive training, experience, and precision. At our New York City plastic surgery center, the best surgeon, Dr. George Lefkovits, has been known for performing closed rhinoplasty. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology.
Open Rhinoplasty Procedure
The open technique is a newer development for nasal surgery which involves a small incision outside the nose. It allows for maximal exposure of the structure of the nose.
It is suitable for the patient if the patient needs a complicated revisional rhinoplasty procedure (revision rhinoplasty is performed if you need additional correction after your previous rhinoplasty)
Open Rhinoplasty Advantages
Open rhinoplasty gives a surgeon the possibility of seeing any inner nose deformity that could not be seen during the external assessment.
Open Rhinoplasty Disadvantages
- visible scar following open rhinoplasty
- longer operation time
- includes more bruising and swelling
Open or Closed Rhinoplasty – Which Procedure Is the One For You?
After all the advantages and disadvantages of both rhinoplasty procedures, you may still find yourself feeling uncertain.
In addition to eliminating the visible incision, closed surgery allows quicker operations as well as reduced swelling during the recovery period. However, open rhinoplasty may allow for better precision when complex nasal structure changes are present.
The surgeon is there to guide you and propose the more suitable option between open and closed rhinoplasty.
Open vs Closed Rhinoplasty – Recovery Period
It is completely normal for patients to be concerned about recovery time. We have already mentioned that closed rhinoplasty involves a shorter recovery period.
The recovery period typically lasts up to 14 days. Most patients are able to return to work in 1-2 weeks following the surgery.
During this time, a bandage is positioned on the nose, and a packing is placed inside the nostril. Some patients also may experience bruising, swelling, and pain. Nausea and headaches could also be present and routinely controlled with medication.
Follow-up appointments are scheduled and our medical time is there to monitor your recovery for up to a year.
To Sum Up
Whether your choice is an open or closed technique, our plastic surgeon is there to help you choose the right rhinoplasty approach for you. During your initial consultation, he will discuss with you the main differences as well as the advantages and disadvantages of both techniques. The doctor will explain to you all the necessary changes needed to achieve desired results and feel confident with the look of your nose.
Schedule Free Open and Closed Rhinoplasty Consultation In Manhattan New York Plastic Surgery Office
Contact our plastic surgery center if you would like to schedule a FREE consultation regarding rhinoplasty surgery in NYC. Request initial consultation in New York City by calling (212)750-9494.
Dr. George Lefkovits, the owner of Park Plaza Plastic Surgery, is a plastic surgeon certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has extensive training and over 30 years of experience in performing all kinds of plastic surgery procedures. Dr. Lefkovits attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and State University of New York Downstate Medical College for his degrees.