An open rhinoplasty allows better access to nasal structures during the operation.
Open rhinoplasty, requires an external incision to be made along the columella (the strip of tissue just under the nostrils) allowing an accurate adjustment to the structure and shape of the nose.
The incision after 6 months is virtually undetectable, while the surgical procedure is performed with greater accuracy, especially if major interventions are necessary or there is a need for revision.
Through these incisions, the skin of the nose is lifted carefully, allowing better access and remodeling of the nose structure.
An extremely large nose with a prominent hump can be corrected by reducing partly nasal bones and cartilage, in order to achieve the best result.
In case the problem is located at the tip of the nose, the correction is made either by using sutures or with the use of cartilage grafts in order to produce natural and beautiful results.
Several times, if the septum is deviated, can be corrected in order to improve patient’s breathing.
During rhinoplasty, several times is required the use of cartilage graft for aesthetic, as well as functional corrections. This is achieved by using graft from the septum or in rare cases from other areas, such as the ear or the rib.
Less invasive techniques, such as closed or endoscopic rhinoplasty, may provide patients a reduced recovery time and sometimes a more cost effective option, however, the technique of open rhinoplasty is still widely used and remains the “gold standard” for nose restoration.
It is also important to emphasize once again that in open rhinoplasty, at the end of the surgical procedure, only a single incision of 1cm will be detectable along the columella.