Deciding on a rhinoplasty technique can be a confusing task if the patient has no understanding of their choices. Here is a brief description between two of the major choices patients will be faced with: the open and closed techniques.
When using the open rhinoplasty approach, your plastic surgeon will make a tiny incision on the external skin that separates the nostrils. The nasal skin can then be lifted, offering a great deal of surgical access to the underlying architecture of the nose. This technique involves an incision that is more visible after surgery. Hiding the incision is preferable for many patients.
The closed rhinoplasty technique features tiny incisions within the nostrils – more specifically, between the internal nasal cartilages. Most people opt for closed, because the incisions are better hidden from view.
Dr. Evan Ransom is an Ivy League-educated and Ivy League trained Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He is a Double Board Certified Head and Neck Surgeon and Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and fellowship-trained in facial plastic, reconstructive, and laser surgery. His practice is in the San Francisco Bay Area, serving patients from San Francisco, Oakland, Marin County, Palo Alto, Silicon Valley, Walnut Creek, the East Bay, and all over Northern California.