Open vs Closed Nose Surgery – Which one is better?
Your nose is the anchor to your facial features because it is located at the center of the face. It, perhaps, is the first facial feature that catches the attention of people. Owing to its prominence, there is little surprise that a distortednose can be detrimental to your self-confidence and self-image.
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery procedure that is used for reshaping the bony and soft tissue of the nose for creating a facial symmetry, proportional balance and improve breathing. The surgery is done to alter the nose that can include narrowing a wide bridge, correcting the damage consequential to an injury, removing a bony hump, or correcting the damage. No matter what the cause of dissatisfaction is, nose surgery can help you achieve a nose that can balance your features and bring harmony and symmetry to your entire facial appearance.
Rhinoplasty can be performed in two ways – open incision and closed incision. While the cosmetic surgeon will determine the exact technique for the surgery on the basis of what is being treated – bone and cartilage either be added or removed to sculpt the nose. Each subtype have its own set of pros and cons.
It is a much modern and newer technique and approach than the conventional nose surgery. In this type of method, a zig-zag incision is made along the columella (the cartilage and the skin between the nostrils), before the skin of the nose is pulled and lifted back.
While open rhinoplasty is counted among the modern approach, the closed rhinoplasty is known as the more conventional one. In this method, the incisions are made inside the nasal passagewaysrather then along the columella, leaving the exterior of your nose intact.
Which approach is right for you?
While both the closed and open rhinoplasty approach can be used for performing the surgery, the right and the most effective technique will come down to both the surgeon and you. There are several factors that a surgeon takes into consideration before deciding the right approach.
The closed approach is often the preferred choice by men and women who want to have no visual scarring. Irrespective of the fact that this technique has been around for decades and given some of the most beautiful results, it is popular as the ‘blind approach’ as it does not let the surgeon have full visibility of what he is working on. However, saying that does not mean that the experienced and skilled cosmetic surgeons cannot achieve the desired results. All it means is that there might a slightly increased possibility of complications.
On the other hand, open approach does allow for complete visibility of the internal nasal structure. This technique is more preferred these days because it allows the nose surgeon to determine the problem. The open technique of nose surgery often results in a lower revision rate, and while a scar is perceptible, it is minor and also heals well.
In a nutshell, there is no definitive winner when it comes to the closed and open approach, it is more about personal preference and the treatment.