A rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgical procedure to alter the shape and structure of the nose. There are two basic methods for performing this procedure – the open method and the closed method. In this article, we are going to discuss the differences between an open rhinoplasty and a closed rhinoplasty and how to decide which is best for you.

Open Rhinoplasty

In an open rhinoplasty, the surgeon makes incisions to fold back the skin and access the underlying structures of the nose. The biggest benefit of an open rhinoplasty is that the surgeon has full access to the underlying bone and cartilage, which can improve the overall results of the procedure.

Closed Rhinoplasty

A closed rhinoplasty is less invasive than the open procedure – which leads to less downtime and risk. The biggest benefit of a closed rhinoplasty is that the initial incision is made inside the nostril, and is thus not visible after the procedure. That being said, there are downsides to the procedure – namely, that the surgeon only has limited visibility during the procedure due to the closed nature of the surgery.

Choosing the Right Option

The best option for you will depend heavily on your specific circumstances and your cosmetic goals. While closed rhinoplasty offers slightly less risk, the open procedure allows the surgeon to be more accurate. Your plastic surgeon can walk you through the pros and cons of each procedure and make a recommendation based on your unique circumstances.

Twin Cities Rhinoplasty Surgeon

At Riverview Facial Plastic & Total Body Aesthetic, we offer a full range of cosmetic treatments – from facial fillers to rhinoplasty. Dr. Daniel Schneider is a board-certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing rhinoplasty procedures with a high success rate. If you are considering a rhinoplasty, reach out to our team to discuss your options. Contact us today to learn more about our services and to set up an appointment with Dr. Schneider. Our primary clinic is located in St. Paul but we work with patients in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs.

Open v Closed Rhinoplasty