Understanding the Different Types of Rhinoplasty Procedures

Rhinoplasty addresses various concerns, from breathing difficulties to aesthetics. Those considering this surgery often seek changes in nasal shape, size, or alignment due to congenital irregularities, injuries, or personal aesthetic goals. With diverse techniques available, we serve a wide range of patients. At Murphy Plastic Surgery in Denver, CO, we offer rhinoplasty procedures that cater to each unique situation.

What Is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, sometimes called a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure that reshapes the nose to improve its appearance. In some cases, it can also enhance the ability to breathe through the nose. This treatment ranges from minor adjustments to significant reshaping according to each individual’s facial structure and desired outcomes.

What Are the Different Types of Rhinoplasty?

Closed Rhinoplasty

Closed rhinoplasty is a type of nose surgery that involves making incisions within the nostrils, resulting in no visible external scars. The focus is often the soft tissue, which can be repositioned and lifted. 

Who Is This Procedure Right For?

Closed rhinoplasty can be right for those who are interested in a faster recovery. It is also suitable for those who want minor adjustments to the nasal tip or bridge. It can be the right option for those concerned about scarring as well.

What Can Closed Rhinoplasty Treat?

This procedure effectively addresses minor aesthetic concerns, such as subtle reshaping. It’s particularly beneficial for those needing slight adjustments rather than extensive restructuring.

What Are the Benefits of Closed Rhinoplasty?

The primary benefits of closed rhinoplasty include minimal scarring due to internal incisions and a faster recovery period. It’s an effective solution for subtle yet impactful nasal enhancements.

Open Rhinoplasty

Open rhinoplasty surgery, a technique involving an incision across the columella — the strip of tissue separating the nostrils — allows for greater access and visibility during surgery. This method, used in more complex rhinoplasty surgeries, provides the surgeon with direct visualization of the nasal structures. It’s a reliable option for significant reshaping, offering precise modifications to the nasal architecture.

Who Is This Procedure Right For?

This procedure is well-suited for individuals requiring more comprehensive changes. Those who seek significant alterations in the shape, size, or structure of their nose, especially in cases of substantial asymmetry or deformities from injury, might find open rhinoplasty to be the most fitting choice.

What Can an Open Rhinoplasty Treat?

Open rhinoplasty can offer significant reshaping of the nasal tip, bridge, and nostrils. It’s also used for correcting severe structural issues like deviated septums or major trauma-related deformities.

What Are the Benefits of an Open Rhinoplasty?

The benefits of open rhinoplasty include more extensive and precise adjustments to the nasal structure. The direct visibility of the nasal anatomy during surgery allows for meticulous modifications and corrections. While it involves a more extensive procedure with a slightly longer recovery, it can produce effective results.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Revision rhinoplasty is a procedure performed to correct or improve the results of a previous nose surgery. This type of rhinoplasty addresses both aesthetic and functional issues that may have arisen post surgery, or it may be used to further refine the nose’s appearance.

Who Is this Procedure Right For?

Ideal candidates for revision rhinoplasty are individuals who have undergone a previous rhinoplasty and are dissatisfied with the results. It’s also suitable for those experiencing complications or seeking further enhancements.

What Can a Revision Rhinoplasty Treat?

Revision rhinoplasty can treat a range of issues, including asymmetry, structural problems, or aesthetic discrepancies, that were not adequately addressed in the initial surgery. It also helps correct any new issues that have developed since the first procedure.

What Are the Benefits of Revision Rhinoplasty?

Revision rhinoplasty offers a second chance to achieve desired nasal aesthetics or functional improvements. It specializes in addressing complexities and nuances that may not have been fully resolved in the initial procedure, ensuring a more satisfying and harmonious outcome.

Our Procedure Process for Rhinoplasty

Consultation and Choosing the Right Technique

Your consultation is the best way for us to understand your aspirations and concerns related to our nose surgeries. It’s a collaborative process where you talk to us about your vision and whether you are interested in nose augmentation, correction of a dorsal hump, or other improvements.

Creating a Digital Model

Our rhinoplasty specialists use advanced digital modeling technology to create a virtual representation of your nose. This step can help plan the surgery, allowing both the surgeon and you to visualize the potential changes.

Performing the Incisions

In rhinoplasty surgery, the technique of making incisions is selected based on the desired changes and the specific structure of your nose. Each incision is made with precision, whether it’s inside the nostrils for a closed approach or across the columella for an open approach.

Restructuring the Nose

The core of the procedure involves intricate nose reshaping. During this phase, Dr. Murphy skillfully adjusts the nasal structure by removing or adjusting bone and cartilage. This step is tailored to your unique facial features and aims to achieve a harmonious balance with the rest of your face.

Closing the Incisions

After the nose is restructured, we can close the incisions. We do this intending to create minimal visible scarring. The method of closure is as important as the surgery itself, as it contributes significantly to the healing process and the final appearance of the nose.

Recovery From Your Rhinoplasty

The recovery phase in nasal surgery is a time for us to support you even further. We will provide detailed care instructions and check-up appointments to facilitate a smooth and efficient healing process. Proper care during this phase can help you get the best results while keeping you comfortable and informed.

Final Results

While you will be able to see results almost right away, the final outcome will gradually appear. It’s not uncommon for it to take around a year for the final shape to settle and for all signs of swelling to go away.

Learn Which Type of Rhinoplasty Is Right for You

At Murphy Plastic Surgery, we are proud to be one of the premium choices for nose surgery in Denver, CO. Our approach, guided by one of the best rhinoplasty surgeons in Denver, focuses on delivering personalized care and outcomes that align with your vision for your appearance. For more information or to discuss your options, feel free to contact us through our online form or call us at (720) 943-8194.

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