What Is an Open Rhinoplasty Procedure?

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that is used in many ways to help improve the appearance and function of the nose. When Dr. Zacharia performs these procedures, they may be open or closed. With this information, individuals will learn more about open rhinoplasty and what they can expect from the procedure.

What Is Open Rhinoplasty?

When a person has an open rhinoplasty, this means the surgeon places an incision in the fleshy part of the nose that separates the two nasal openings. The incision is placed in such a way so that when healing takes place, the scar will not be as visible.

Open rhinoplasty allows the surgeon to carry out extensive work on the nose while being more precise. Because the nasal tip can be lifted up in an open surgery, the surgeon will be able to view all of the cartilage and bone so they can make the proper changes to these structures.

Those who need implants or a great deal of cartilage and bone removal will likely benefit more from an open procedure rather than a closed one. While a closed procedure means less swelling and downtime, open rhinoplasty is sometimes the only effective way of making substantial changes to the nose.

What Can Patients Expect?

Rhinoplasty is typically carried out on an outpatient basis and patients are able to recover at home. Open procedures are often carried out under general anesthesia, especially when extensive work is being done. It is important the patient has someone to drive them home and stay with them for at least twenty-four hours after their procedure.

Rest is a must in the beginning and it is important the patient sleeps with their head elevated, to prevent excess swelling and discomfort. It is also important the patient follows the instructions of their surgeon so they can make sure the healing process proceeds as it should.

If you would like to learn more about Dr. Zacharia and his work with noses, call the office for an appointment. You can also learn more about Dr. Zacharia on Instagram. With a rhinoplasty procedure, you can finally love your nose.