People decide to undergo rhinoplasty for different reasons. Some want to correct their deviated septum, which is making their breathing difficult, some just don’t like the small hump of the nasal bridge, and others might want a fundamental transformation.
If you have weighed up everything and made up your mind to go under the knife and get a nose job for whatever reason, chances are you’ve heard the terms ‘open rhinoplasty’ and ‘closed rhinoplasty’ while you were gathering information about the nose job procedure.
Open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty (also known as endonasal rhinoplasty or ‘scarless’ rhinoplasty) are the two main approaches to rhinoplasty. Open and closed rhinoplasty refers to two distinct techniques of operating on a nose.
Closed rhinoplasty was the first method of nose surgery, which is still being widely used by many surgeons. In this procedure, small incisions are made inside the nostrils and the surgeon makes alterations to the nose through the nostrils without lifting back the skin. With the advancement of surgical techniques, however, open rhinoplasty is more widely used nowadays.
Open rhinoplasty vs. closed rhinoplasty
The main difference is that while open rhinoplasty is a type of nose surgery for fixing the functional or aesthetic problems of the nose performed by making an incision on the soft tissue between the nostrils (columella) and lifting back the nasal skin, closed rhinoplasty is performed for the same purpose but with all the incisions made inside the nostrils without the nasal skin being lifted back.
That said, closed and open rhinoplasty methods are different in several other ways and have their own pros and cons. Continue reading to find out the advantages and disadvantages of open and closed rhinoplasty methods and whether you should go for the former or the latter.