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Nasal Surgery

Open vs Closed Rhinoplasty

Open versus closed techniques

The surgery, during which the patient gets either local or general anesthesia, involves carving or shaving the bone and cartilage in order to changing the shape of the nose. By adjusting the shape of the underlying bone and removing excess cartilage, the surgeon can make the nose look more narrowing or less crooked, remove a hump or downturn a pug nose.

The incisions are usually hidden just inside the rim of the nostrils. Sometimes, it's necessary to make an incision between the nostrils.

Surgeons today differ on whether the open or closed technique is better in aesthetic surgery of the nose. Dr. Korpeck often prefers the open technique. With the open technique, surgeons make a tiny incision outside the nose, and the rest of the incision is inside the nose. This allows surgeons to fully expose the nasal structures and achieve good visibility to work on the nasal tip. The closed technique is performed entirely from inside the nose, so all the reshaping of the nasal tip is done through the nostrils.

The open technique offers versatility and precision. Not all surgeons use the open technique, which allows for a better view of the underlying nasal tissue. The open technique is a versatile procedure that allows the surgeon to fine-tune the results and be more precise performing the rhinoplasty. With the open procedure, the surgeon can more accurately place cartilage to give the nose the best possible shape; in fact, any shape one wants. The open technique is especially good for reshaping noses that have already been operated on. And the open procedure is good when patients suffer from complications of a deviated septum, which can be fixed in conjunction with the cosmetic procedure.

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