When it comes to rhinoplasty surgery, each person is unique and with this highly personalized procedure, you want to make the right decisions about which procedure is right for you. For many, rhinoplasty is an excellent way of improving the look of their nose. Whether the change is strictly cosmetic or a major change needed for health reasons, you want to be sure that you are informed about the different types of procedures available to you.
1) Open Rhinoplasty
If you are seeking major changes in appearance of your nose, you will likely want to consider Open Rhinoplasty. During this procedure, the nose surgeon creates an incision in the strip of skin that separates the nostrils and the skin and soft tissue are lifted off so the surgeon can see the nasal anatomy. The advantage of this type of rhinoplasty is that it allows the surgeon full view of the nasal anatomy and the ability to fully rebuild the connections between the sidewalls and septum to avoid any problems with healing. With open rhinoplasty surgery, there is a reduced likelihood of breathing problems since the sidewalls are being rebuilt.
2) Closed Rhinoplasty
Closed Rhinoplasty surgery is for cases where there is only minor changes. Incisions are made inside the nose, although, as with open rhinoplasty, the skin is separated so the surgeon can gain access to the nasal anatomy. This way, the nose surgeon is allowed to reshape and remove any bone and cartilage underneath that will give it the desirable shape. The benefits of closed rhinoplasty is a reduced level of swelling time and, maybe most importantly, a reduction in healing time.
3) Revision or Secondary Rhinoplasty
When you have revision – or secondary – rhinoplasty surgery, you are correcting problems that occurred from a previous rhinoplasty surgery. For some patients, they do not like the appearance of their nose following their first surgery and want to change the appearance again. Or for others, there is structural difficulty or there has been trauma to the nose following their surgery. Some problems are minor and easily resolved while others can be very difficult. This makes revision rhinoplasty more complicated than the initial surgery. Revision rhinoplasty can be either open or closed.
4) Filler Rhinoplasty
Filler Rhinoplasty is non-surgical as the nose surgeon uses injectable fillers to change the shape of your nose. The fillers smooth out any sharp angles or bumps, providing symmetry to the tip of your nose. This surgical procedure will not minimize the size of the nose. Since it’s a cosmetic procedure, it also cannot correct any medical issues (i.e. deviated septum).
When you are ready to take the necessary steps to feel good about your appearance and improve the way you feel about your nose, you will want to choose a highly trained cosmetic surgeon. Dr. Kristina Zakhary specializes in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, including rhinoplasty. Sign up for a personalized consultation so you can find out how you can feel good about the appearance of your nose.