Understanding the Basics of Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty, or nose-reshaping surgery, has come a long way since its introduction decades ago. However, it remains to be one of the most delicate and complex cosmetic procedures. If you’ve been considering this type of surgery, knowledge of the basics will help you make a sound, well-informed decision.

First, not all rhinoplasty outcomes are created equal. Nose-reshaping surgery results are dependent on a combination of factors such as your existing nasal structure, firm nasal cartilage, facial proportion, ethnicity, and cosmetic goals.

Rhinoplasty can be either done using the closed or open technique. Closed rhinoplasty offers the advantage of inconspicuous scarring because the incision is made within the nostril itself. However, the same technique limits complex reshaping of the nasal tip.

Open rhinoplasty has the benefit of easy access to the underlying nasal bone and cartilage. Thus, there is lesser risk of nasal cartilage distortion. Of the two techniques, visible scarring is more obvious in an open rhinoplasty.

At our cosmetic surgery practice in Campbell, we always take facial balance and proportion into consideration in a rhinoplasty procedure. Call us all 408.559.4700 and we’ll create a personalized rhinoplasty plan uniquely tailored to your desired outcomes and existing anatomic features.