Facts About Open Rhinoplasty Nose Job
The decision to have cosmetic surgery should be made with the utmost level of care and attention. While it can be exciting to think about making a change to your nose, it is important to be informed about both the risks and benefits of surgery.
We strongly recommend that you take advantage of our complementary pre consultation. Then you can decide if you are ready for a computer imaging consultation. He is extremely nice and easy to talk to – but most importantly is famous for the doctor upfront approach during consultations. The doctor uses computer imaging as a communication tool to help explain what can be achieved and sets realistic expectations about your surgery.
Open rhinoplasty is recommended for patients who would benefit from significant changes to the tip area of their nose. When I speak to rhinoplasty candidates, they often tell me, “I don’t want open rhinoplasty because I’m afraid of scars,” or, “If I have open rhinoplasty, won’t my recovery time be longer?” While the thought of an open rhinopasty can be a little offputting, the reality is that it causes less disruption of the underlying nasal tip cartilages, doesn’t lengthen recovery time in any way, and allows your surgeon to use an extensive array of tip sculpting techniques that are not an option with a closed aproach.
Open Rhinoplasty nose job facts
- Subtle, natural changes. Surgeons use open rhinoplasty to make noticeable and lasting changes to the nasal tip. For example narrowing and rotating the tip can have dramatic effects on overall facial balance. Precise and long lasting reconstruction of the tip cartillages is facilitated by the excellent exposure of the the nasal anatomy afforded by the open approach. Only so much can be done to the tip through closed rhinoplasty – but the options are wide open (pardon the pun!) with open rhinoplasty.
- Imperceptible scars. The columellar incision used for an open rhinoplasty is made in an inverted V shape so that when it heals, it’s almost imperceptible. This “v-plasty” technique is used by plastic surgeons specifically to disguise scars – suprisingly, straight incision lines are far more noticeable when healed and that is why the inverted v is used.
- You still have options. After doing your research and speaking to Dr. Buonassisi during your consultation, you may still be set on closed rhinoplasty. Good news: as a rhinoplasty expert, Dr. Buonassisi can likely make changes you will be happy with using a closed approach – so long as you have the proper expectations of what is possible. The most important thing is to discuss the possibilities and determine whether there are any cosmetic limitations that you should expect from the aproach you choose. Computer imaging will help immensely with this discussion during your consultation.
- Hidden location. Besides the v-plasty technique, the incision is not visible in open rhinoplasty because it is placed in the columella (the skin that seperates the nostrils). This skin is oriented in such a way that it faces the ground and is not visible on front or side view. The vast majority of patients are hard pressed to find the scar once it has healed.
- Less trauma. Contrary to popular belief, the underlying nasal structures are disrupted less with open rhinoplasty (as opposed to closed where cartillages often need to be seperated from one another to allow for exposure of the nasal bridge.With the open aproach the nasal skin is elevated over the tip cartillages allowing them to maintain there natural relationships.This allows unparalleled exposure, more room to work, and less trauma to the tip structures.