Rhinoplasty is a procedure that will change the shape of the nose for aesthetic or functional purposes. It is also known as a nose job. This procedure was first developed in ancient India back in 800 BC. From then until the 1970’s, the technique used was closed rhinoplasty. Thanks to development and advancement in the field, open rhinoplasty became available in the ‘70s.
Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. It’s not just done for aesthetic purposes, as some patients require rhinoplasty to help correct breathing problems and restore the function of their noses, too. There are generally two techniques used for the rhinoplasty procedure: closed or endonasal and open or external.
Endonasal rhinoplasty makes all of the surgical incisions inside the nostrils. Visible scarring can be avoided as no incision is made externally. The trouble with this is that the repositioning of nasal skin can be difficult due to limited visibility on the surgeon’s part. Access to the nasal framework is needed, which will require surgeons to stretch out the nasal skin vigorously.
External rhinoplasty will make a small incision across the right and left nostrils called the trans-columellar incision. The surgeon will have direct visibility of the nasal framework and nasal cartilage distortion can be minimized.
Between the two approaches, external rhinoplasty offers better options for changing the structure and look of the nose but may leave a small scar. For those who do not want any scarring, the endonasal approach is the better option—but it may impose limitations on what the surgeon can alter.
To find out which technique is better for your rhinoplasty procedure, consult with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. It’s best if the surgeon is experienced and familiar with the different techniques employed in rhinoplasty procedures as accuracy and precision is a must.