Rhinoplasty Types

Rhinoplasty Types and Techniques

Reviewed by Yael Halaas, MD

There are several techniques or types of rhinoplasty that may be used for your nose shaping surgery.

They include:

Open Rhinoplasty. During this procedure, the incisions are made in the vertical strip of skin separating your nostrils (the columella). Your surgeon then lifts the skin and soft tissue to view the inside of your nose and perform the reshaping. This is the technique used for most major nose surgeries.

Closed Rhinoplasty. To perform a closed rhinoplasty, your surgeon makes an incision within your nose. The skin is then separated from the bone and cartilage. The exposed bone and/or cartilage can then be removed, reshaped, augmented or rearranged. The closed technique is used mainly for minor nose surgeries.

Filler Rhinoplasty. Injectable fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane can be used to fill depressions, restore symmetry and/or correct other imperfections on your nose. This is also called a non-surgical nose job. The results are not permanent.

Revision Rhinoplasty. These secondary surgeries are performed to correct problems that occur or remain after a previous rhinoplasty. The problems can be minor and just require a touch-up, or they can be major, which can make the revision rhinoplasty much more complicated, risky and costly.

Ethnic rhinoplasty. Ethnic plastic surgery is growing in popularity, and ethnic rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures requested among African-Americans, Asians and Hispanic-Americans. Most individuals want to subtly enhance their ethnicity, not obscure it.


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