Most Newport Beach plastic surgeons perform the open rhinoplasty approach. Utilizing this technique, the surgeon has a better chance to look directly at the nasal structures. The nasal skeleton is made up of cartilage and bone; parts the surgeon will reposition and reconstruct in order to improve the nose.
Once the nasal cartilages are exposed, they are reconstructed by reducing, reshaping, and suturing. In open rhinoplasty, cartilage grafts are utilized to ensure maintenance of shape and form. These grafts are small pieces of cartilage harvested from the septum and placed in locations that require structural supports. Basically open rhinoplasty is a procedure when the surgeon dismantles the existing structure of the nose and reassembles it according to aesthetic and functional needs.
Advantages of Open Rhinoplasty
The most important benefit from open rhinoplasty in Orange County is its superb exposure to parts of the nasal anatomy that needs to be fixed. Open rhinoplasty is tantamount to taking apart a car engine to fix it instead of completing the repair through the radiator. By lifting the skin over the nasal structure the underlying cartilages and anatomy can be altered and corrected to the desired shape.
Furthermore, grafts are more easily placed. Unfortunately, this simplicity of exposure and grafting does not necessarily mean the best results for every patient. Revision rhinoplasty or secondary rhinoplasty is usually performed via open approach and it continues to be a common procedure sought even after open nasal reshaping cosmetic surgery.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks and an open rhinoplasty approach may not be right for everyone. An open rhinoplasty takes longer to perform and the time is generally dedicated to placing cartilage grafts. Open Rhinoplasties take about two hours to perform; however, in some cases when more reconstructive work is needed, the procedure can take up to three hours. There may be some internal scarring after an open nasal reshaping surgery.
Since more extensive surgical dissection of nasal structures are necessary for the open rhinoplasty procedure. Unwanted scaring may cause tissue thickening and may create forces which can pull structures in unwanted directions. Adding structural support with a cartilage graft is important to reduce these forces. If any irregularity or scaring is formed from previous surgeries, then an open approach is required for a revision rhinoplasty.
How do I prepare for open rhinoplasty?
To prepare for open rhinoplasty, follow any instructions your surgeon gives you. This may include avoiding blood thinners, picking up prescription pain medication, or getting a wedge pillow or ice packs beforehand. You may also want to prepare clothes that you can easily take on and off and make sure to have someone to help you for the first few days after surgery.
How long does it take to recover from open rhinoplasty full?
The healing process can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks, but the full recovery process can take up to 12-18 months.
How painful is open rhinoplasty?
During the surgery, you will be under anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain. Afterwards, you may feel some discomfort, but you shouldn’t feel too much pain as you heal and recover.
How long does open nose surgery take?
Open-nose surgery can take anywhere from 1.5-3 hours.
Does open rhinoplasty have more swelling?
Open rhinoplasty can have more swelling than a closed rhinoplasty procedure.
Why is open rhinoplasty better?
Open rhinoplasty allows the surgeon more access to the nose below the skin’s surface and this allows them to be more precise and accurate in the changes they make to the nose.
Which is safer open or closed rhinoplasty?
Both open and closed rhinoplasty are safe procedures. Which one is best for you depends on your individual needs and your desired results.
What are the pros and cons of open rhinoplasty?
The pros of open rhinoplasty are that it allows the surgeon more access to the underlying structure of the nose and makes it easier for them to make more precise changes. The cons of open rhinoplasty are that it can take longer to perform and that there can be some internal scarring that occurs.
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