Closed vs. Open Rhinoplasty By Dr. Raymond Konior on January 18, 2020

Open and closed rhinoplasty incisionsDr. Sahar Nadimi at the Chicago Hair Institute performs expert facial plastic surgery procedures. She is able to reduce wrinkles, smooth out the skin, and improve overall facial symmetry and appearance. Countless people in and around the Chicago, IL area have benefited from her work. Her plastic surgery results are stunning yet look natural.

The nose job (rhinoplasty) is extremely popular among our patients. Dramatic outcomes can be achieved simply by making subtle adjustments to the bridge or tip of the nose. Dr. Nadimi can perform either an open rhinoplasty or a closed rhinoplasty. Let’s compare the two surgical techniques below and discuss their various pros and cons.

The Primary Differences Between Closed and Open Rhinoplasty

The primary difference between closed rhinoplasty and open rhinoplasty has to do with the location of the surgical incisions.

  • Closed Rhinoplasty - During a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are all located within the nostrils. There is no need to make any external incisions on the nose.
  • Open Rhinoplasty - During an open rhinoplasty, and incision is made along the columella, the patch of skin located between the nostrils. Working through this incision, a surgeon can make all of the necessary adjustments to the structures of the nose.

Neither type of surgery is better than the other. That said, one type of rhinoplasty may be more ideal for you than the other.

The Pros and Cons of Closed Rhinoplasty

The primary advantage of closed rhinoplasty is that there are no external incisions. That means no risk of visible scarring on the nose. This is important to consider for people who have a history of severe surgical scarring.

The primary drawback to a closed rhinoplasty is the limited amount of control over the structures of the nose. Since incisions are restricted to the nostrils, the amount of tissue adjustment is not going to be that drastic.

The Pros and Cons of Open Rhinoplasty

The primary benefit of the open rhinoplasty is that the plastic surgeon has a lot of control over the final results of surgery. The incision along the columella essentially allows the surgeon to make big and small adjustments to the cartilage and tissues of the nose and nostrils.

The main disadvantage of an open rhinoplasty is the risk of scarring. While the scar along the columella is typically heals well and is difficult to notice, it may be more of an issue for certain patients than others.

The Consultation Process Determines the Ideal Rhinoplasty Technique

You may be wondering if an open rhinoplasty or a closed rhinoplasty is more ideal for your needs. During the consolation process, we can go over your aesthetic goals carefully. From there, we can develop a custom treatment plan that allows us to achieve the results you want. We will also go over your medical history in order to avoid scarring and other complications.

Rest assured that we will keep your best interests in mind at every stage of the rhinoplasty procedure. We’re here for you.

Contact Chicago Hair Institute

If you would like to learn more about facial rejuvenation and hair restoration options, be sure to contact a skilled facial plastic surgeon. You can schedule a consolation with Dr. Nadimi by phone at (630) 932-9690. We look forward to your visit and discussing all facets of the nose job procedure.

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Dr. Raymond J. Konior, MD, FACS

Chicago Hair Institute

Dr. Raymond J. Konior and the team at the Chicago Hair Institute offer world-class treatment backed by over 30 years of expertise in the field of hair restoration. Our doctors are nationally affiliated with professional associations including:

  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

To learn more or to schedule an appointment at our Chicago, IL, hair restoration clinic, contact us online or call (630) 932-9690.

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