Types of Rhinoplasty ("Nose Job") Procedure

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There are two types of rhinoplasty procedure which can be performed: the closed technique, best for minor nose reshaping, and the open technique, better when a more major nose reshaping is required. In both cases general anaesthetic is used to prevent you from feeling any pain. You should always consult their doctor to be advised on which method of rhinoplasty best suits them.

Closed Rhinoplasty

With closed rhinoplasty the surgeon will make small incisions within the nose to access and expose the bone and cartilage. This is done by inserting through the internal incisions an instrument which separates the skin from the structure of the nose and then removing the cartilage and bone. Once removed they are both then rearranged into the desired shape and reinserted. The nasal tissues are then spread over the new structure and the initial incisions closed up to complete the surgery.

Open Rhinoplasty

Open rhinoplasty involves an incision being made externally over the strip of skin separating the nostrils and accessing the bone and cartilage this way. This method is comparatively more complex than the closed technique but is best suited when major reshaping is necessary.

In both cases once the reshaping has been completed the incisions are closed up immediately. The renewed structure along nasal air passageways are supported internally by spongy materials. Also an external split is attached to the nose to aid the healing process and help keep the new shape.

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