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Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

For many individuals, rhinoplasty offers an effective solution for what may have been a lifelong concern, not only about the appearance of the nose, but also its ability to function properly. This treatment is capable of adjusting nasal aesthetics and structure in several ways, such as:

Also commonly referred to as a “nose job,” rhinoplasty can be completed utilizing an open or closed technique, depending on a patient’s individual anatomical needs and aesthetic goals. While both options have proven to produce successful results, there are key differences between the two.

With an open rhinoplasty, a small incision is typically made across the narrow strip of skin between the nostrils called the columella. That skin will be lifted and elevated for better access to the nasal structures. The incision will leave a minor scar; however, its small size and discreet location often makes it difficult to notice. Additionally, the open rhinoplasty approach may result in prolonged swelling following the procedure.

With a closed rhinoplasty, an incision is made within the nostrils. While this technique can result in no visible scarring whatsoever, it also provides less visibility for plastic surgeons during treatment, which makes it only appropriate for candidates with certain types of rhinoplasty goals.

At the Aesthetic Institute of Chicago, Dr. Brian Braithwaite and Dr. Lorri Cobbins are experienced at performing both open and closed rhinoplasties. They have performed many rhinoplasty procedures and have seen firsthand how this treatment can positively impact a patient’s confidence and well-being. During the initial consultation, our plastic surgeon can determine whether an open or closed rhinoplasty approach offers the most ideal solution.

For more information about rhinoplasty, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Braithwaite or Dr. Cobbins, please contact our office today.