Are There Different Types of Rhinoplasty?

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Posted: November 3, 2020

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Rhinoplasty, colloquially known as a nose job, is a cosmetic procedure designed to improve the size, shape, and overall appearance of the nose. The procedure can be used to address myriad aesthetic imperfections such as:

  • Nose width
  • Nasal tip projection
  • Nostril shape
  • Humps and bumps on the bridge

Rhinoplasty can be used to bring the nose into ideal proportions with surrounding facial features by correcting projection, angle, and shape. It can be used to address issues brought about by trauma, genetics, or aging, and may even prove useful in addressing some functional breathing issues. It is important to note, however, that rhinoplasty is cosmetic and not intended to improve medical conditions.

Different Types of Rhinoplasty

The two primary types of rhinoplasty are open and closed. Very much what they sound like, open rhinoplasty involves incisions on the outside of the nostrils, while closed rhinoplasty places incisions on the inside. Which option is best for you is dependent on several factors unique to your anatomy and goals.

At Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery, we have found that closed rhinoplasty is ideal for a majority of our patients. This technique helps to reduce the risk of visible scarring and may allow for a shorter recovery period. 

The open rhinoplasty technique is incredibly effective at addressing congenital deformities and trauma. When appropriate, this method of nose reshaping can produce remarkable and permanent results. While recovery may be slightly longer following open rhinoplasty, with proper care, incisions should become all but unnoticeable within just a few short months.

Which Technique is Right for Me?

There is no single approach to nose surgery that will be suitable for every individual. The best way to determine which option will produce the most reliable results is through a one-on-one consultation with a board-certified plastic surgeon.

To learn if you are a good rhinoplasty candidate or to learn which type of nose surgery will best meet your needs, please call Altos Oaks Plastic Surgery at (650) 934-7020. Located in Los Altos, we serve all surrounding areas including San Jose, Mountain View, Santa Clara, and Palo Alto.