What Does Rhinoplasty Surgery Entail?

If you’ve ever wondered about improving your facial aesthetics, you’ve probably stumbled upon the term ‘rhinoplasty’. But what does rhinoplasty surgery entail? Let’s delve into its intricacies. Rhinoplasty, commonly known as a nose job, is a type of plastic surgery focused on reshaping the nose. Whether for medical or aesthetic reasons, rhinoplasty can profoundly transform your appearance and improve nasal functionality, such as breathing difficulties due to a deviated septum.

The Rhinoplasty Procedure Explained

Rhinoplasty can be performed under local or general anaesthesia. In a typical rhinoplasty procedure, the surgeon modifies the nasal bone and cartilage to achieve the desired shape. It could involve reducing the size, altering the bridge, modifying the nostrils, or refining the tip. While it’s a common cosmetic procedure, its complexity cannot be underestimated.

Rhinoplasty surgery comes in different forms to cater to various needs and goals. The type of rhinoplasty chosen depends on factors such as the extent of the changes required, the patient’s nasal structure, and any previous surgeries. Here are the most common types of rhinoplasty procedures:

  1. Open Rhinoplasty Surgery

Open rhinoplasty, also known as external rhinoplasty, is a technique that involves making an incision on the columella, the strip of tissue separating the nostrils. This technique provides the surgeon with direct access to the nasal structures, enabling them to make precise changes to the nose’s appearance and functionality. Open rhinoplasty is often preferred for complex cases, as it offers greater visibility and control during the surgery. While the incision may leave a small scar, it usually heals well and becomes inconspicuous over time.

  1. Closed Rhinoplasty Surgery

Closed rhinoplasty, or endonasal rhinoplasty, is performed entirely within the nostrils without any external incisions. This technique suits patients with more subtle changes or less complex nasal issues. Since the incisions are hidden inside the nostrils, there is no visible scarring. Closed rhinoplasty typically involves a shorter surgical time and a quicker recovery than open rhinoplasty. However, the surgeon’s access and visibility may be limited, making it less suitable for intricate surgeries.

  1. Revision Rhinoplasty Surgery

Revision rhinoplasty is a specialized type of surgery performed to correct or enhance the results of a previous rhinoplasty procedure. Patients dissatisfied with the outcome of their initial surgery, experience functional issues or have developed complications may opt for revision rhinoplasty. This type of surgery is often more complex due to the altered nasal anatomy from previous procedures. An experienced surgeon with a deep understanding of nasal structures and previous surgical techniques is essential for achieving satisfactory results.

What To Expect From Rhinoplasty Surgery: Book A Consult Today

Choosing rhinoplasty is a personal decision that should involve thorough research and consultation with a qualified plastic surgeon. Understanding what the surgery entails can help you make an informed decision about this life-changing procedure. Our specialist board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Deon Weyers, is here to guide you. Schedule your consultation today and take the first step towards your desired appearance. The final result is long-lasting, offering an improved facial balance.