Rhinoplasty is performed as either an “open” or “closed” procedure. An open procedure utilizes an incision across the strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. This allows your surgeon better visualization, and it’s practically undetectable once healed. An open approach is often the preferred choice for patients who have had previous rhinoplasty.
In a closed procedure, incisions are hidden within the nose. This makes it a little more difficult for the surgeon to visualize the internal structure of the nose, but in well-trained hands, it can achieve the desired results. When alterations are limited to the bridge or minor tip issues, a closed procedure may be more appropriate.
The best approach for you will be determined by your surgeon based on his or her preference and on the structural changes that need to be made to your nose.
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