Different Types of Rhinoplasty Procedures

Various Ways to Reshape and Enhance Your Nose with Cosmetic Surgery

A rhinoplasty is used to enhance facial harmony and optimize the proportions of your nose to create a more aesthetically pleasing appearance. Rhinoplasties can also be used to fix problems of impaired breathing caused by issues like a deviated septum. A rhinoplasty can be used to treat the following issues:

  • Imbalanced nose size in relation to the rest of the face
  • Undesired nose width at the bridge or undesired position of the nostrils
  • Nasal asymmetry
  • Nose profile that has visible humps or depressions near the bridge
  • Deviated septum
  • Enlarged, dropping, upturned, or hooked nasal tip
  • Large or upturned nostrils

Because there is a variety of reasons that a patient might opt for a rhinoplasty, there is a multitude of ways that a surgeon could choose to approach the procedure. Some of the main types of rhinoplasties include:

  • Open rhinoplasty

The open rhinoplasty uses a small bridging incision called a trans-columellar incision to connect the right and left nostril incisions. An open rhinoplasty allows a surgeon to see the anatomy within the nose area. It gives the surgeon the opportunity to measure and analyze the anatomy of the nose. This enables them to do more detailed, precise work and correct even small issues. It also gives the surgeon the opportunity to use advanced cartilage grafting techniques, placing grafts for long-term support and structure. Ideal candidates for open rhinoplasties include:

Patients who want to correct a prior rhinoplasty

Patients who want to remove a dorsal hump

Patients who are looking to correct imperfections of the nasal tip or bridge of the nose

Patients who are looking to make drastic changes to the appearance of the nose

  • Closed rhinoplasty

A closed rhinoplasty is also referred to as an endonasal rhinoplasty. It is performed by making incisions that hide within the nostrils. The main difference between an open rhinoplasty and a closed rhinoplasty is that a closed rhinoplasty is less invasive and results in minimal scarring. An added benefit of a closed rhinoplasty is that not having columellar incisions means less swelling and a minimal recovery process. However, closed rhinoplasties tend to be less precise than open rhinoplasties because of the limited access to the nose structures. Ideal candidates for closed rhinoplasties include:

Patients who want to make minimal changes to their nose

Patients who prefer to have a speedy recovery or need to do so for health or personal reasons

Patients who require nasal bridge modifications

  • Revision rhinoplasty

Like the name suggests, a revision rhinoplasty is meant for patients who have previously undergone rhinoplasty and would like to make further changes to the results of their most recent surgery. If you have had a rhinoplasty that you are unhappy with, it is recommended to wait until the swelling subsides before making a final decision about your feelings towards the results. It is important to remember that it could take between six months and a year to make a full recovery from a rhinoplasty. Undergoing a second surgery would prolong this process, but many patients find that achieving the results they desire is worth the wait. You might be a good candidate for a revision rhinoplasty if you meet the following criteria:

You are having difficulty breathing post-op.

You had an accident after your first surgery that interfered with your results.

It has been at least a year since your first surgery and you are still unhappy with the results.

You are healthy and are fit to undergo a second surgery.

  • Non-surgical nose job

West Coast Plastic Surgery Center uses a filler called Voluma to provide non-surgical nose jobs. These procedures tend to last about a year and require touch-ups to yield long-lasting results. Non-surgical nose jobs can be used to correct bumps, lumps, and curves. This procedure can be tremendously helpful for patients who have pronounced bumps on the bridges of their nose. Many patients love the simplicity of nonsurgical nose jobs because they require no downtime, are less expensive than traditional rhinoplasties, and allow patients to relax knowing that the changes are reversible.

To learn more about non-surgical nose jobs and other plastic surgery procedures at West Coast Plastic Surgery, give us a call at (805) 978-8545 or contact us online.

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