4 Common Types of Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty is plastic surgery performed on the nose, and is one of the most common surgical operations performed in the world today. People all over the world tend to get rhinoplasties (or “nose jobs”) done for a variety of reasons – be it for the aesthetic, or because of damage caused due to accidents or other forms of trauma. Rhinoplasties can be simple, complicated- and sometimes, a surgical operation doesn’t even need to be performed, in the case of filler rhinoplasty (where fillers like silicone are used). However, the most common types of rhinoplasty are: open rhinoplasty, closed rhinoplasty, filler rhinoplasty, and post-traumatic rhinoplasty.
Open rhinoplasty refers to a major change in the shape of the nose. An incision is made by the surgeon in the skin which separates the nostril. Once the skin is lifted off, both nasal structures can easily be seen. This kind of surgery helps the surgeon get a better view of the nasal structures, thereby allowing for more drastic changes in the nose.
Closed rhinoplasty refers to the kind of surgery where all the incisions are done inside the nose. Surgeons can then reshape, or remove the cartilage and bone to get the desired shape.
Filler rhinoplasty refers to surgeons using injectable fillers into the nose to change the shape. Bumps and sharp edges can be smoothened out, and the tip of the nose can be changed to achieve a sort of symmetry. However, with this form of rhinoplasty, the size of the nose can only be enhanced, not reduced. Some examples of fillers are Restalyne or Radiesse.
Post-traumatic rhinoplasty refers to surgeries performed on the nose following an injury to the nose – especially if the cartilage or bone is broken. Broken noses can alter one’s appearance, and cause breathing problems – which makes post-traumatic rhinoplasty necessary in certain situations. Most situations involving broken noses don’t require surgery; but if the patient waits for too long, then the operation is required to set the nose back into place.
For those considering rhinoplasty for any reason, it is best to look for a highly trained medical professional – especially someone who’s specialized in cosmetic surgery. Also ensure what kind of rhinoplasty will best suit your face, preferably by scheduling consultation sessions with your cosmetic surgeon before deciding what you want. Choosing to undergo rhinoplasty is a decision that required forethought and a planned outcome – and having consultation sessions with the surgeon or even talking about this decisions with those you know can help with your decision, and whether you’ll be making the right choice or not.
Dr. Oleh Slupchynskyj, MD , is an internationally renowned rhinoplasty surgeon; who specializes in these forms of rhinoplasty, along with much more. Having performed multiple surgeries before and getting the best medical education at Fordham University. For any advice, consultation, or for the surgeries themselves; Dr Slupchynskyj is the best doctor to turn to.