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Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty: What’s the Difference, and Which Technique Is Best for Me?

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Doctor prepares woman's nose for rhinoplasty surgery

Every person’s nose grows differently. Some are in perfect proportion with the rest of their face; others can be too large or too small. In cases like these, people may want to undergo a procedure to help address their concerns with their nose and turn it into something they can feel comfortable with moving forward. With rhinoplasty becoming one of the most popular forms of plastic surgery performed, prospective patients want to know their options regarding an affordable rhinoplasty nose procedure

The two ways that your plastic surgeon can perform the procedure are open and closed. Each option offers distinct advantages for the doctor and the patient, and what you want to get out of the procedure has a direct impact on which solution works best for you. 

Open Rhinoplasty

An open rhinoplasty consists of the plastic surgeon making two incisions on the inside of the nose. A third one then connects the two initial cuts, allowing for the skin to be lifted and giving access for your surgical team to examine the inner workings of your nose. 

The operating surgeons receive far more access to the surgery site for open rhinoplasty procedures than the closed version. Your doctor will have an easier time assessing the site and figuring out the best path forward. The ability to measure and analyze the area allows your doctor to see your nose’s intricacies, allowing them to be much more precise with their cuts and deliver an overall better final result. 

Closed Rhinoplasty

Closed rhinoplasty requires your surgeon to make two precise cuts on the inside of your nose. The reshaping of your nose consists of an entirely internal reshaping of the appendage. This version of the procedure is a far less invasive option than an open rhinoplasty and offers patients a potentially shorter recovery time post-surgery. 

Which Version Is Right for Me?

Determining which rhinoplasty procedure is right for you depends entirely on how much work you want to be done on your nose. A closed rhinoplasty procedure can work wonders with a simple reshaping of the nasal tip or other routine reshapings. However, suppose the work you want to be done requires more precision than a closed procedure would allow. In that case, the open rhinoplasty allows your plastic surgeon more room to precisely maneuver and accurately reshape your nose the way you want it. 

Dr. Goldberg offers his patients the best selection of open and closed rhinoplasty and non-surgical nose jobs in the Bucks County, PA area. We can help you get the proportions for your nose that you have always wanted. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!

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