Rhinoplasty surgical details
Rhinoplasty is usually performed under general anesthesia and takes 1.5 to 3 hours to complete. It is an outpatient procedure.
There are two types of surgical rhinoplasty techniques: open and closed. If you’re having significant changes made to your nose, you’ll have an open rhinoplasty. This technique is common for more complex nose surgery and allows the surgeon to perform with maximum precision.
With open rhinoplasty, your surgeon will make incisions in the columella (the vertical strip of skin that separates the nostrils). The soft tissue and skin will be lifted from the underlying structures of the nose so that your surgeon can see the nasal anatomy to correct the imperfections.
With a closed rhinoplasty, incisions are made within the nose. Your surgeon will separate the skin of the nose from the bone and cartilage, which form its supporting framework. Once exposed, bone and cartilage can be removed or re-sculpted to make the improvements.
Many patients who have nose surgery to correct a deviated septum have cosmetic changes made at the same time. Once the corrections have been made to the deviated septum, the underlying structure of the nose is then sculpted to the desired shape, the nasal skin and tissue is re-draped, and incisions are closed.
During your consultation with us, we will determine which technique of rhinoplasty is the best for your needs and aesthetic goals.