What’s the difference between an Open and Closed Rhinoplasty?
Open and closed refer to two basic techniques in rhinoplasty surgery. A closed procedure is performed through incisions made inside the nose, leaving no external incisions to heal. In an open rhinoplasty, an incision is made across the columella, which is the section of soft tissue separating the nostrils. While it is a small incision, it is still an external wound that has the potential for a visible scar, though it usually heals well.
Naturally, the closed approach has the advantage of no external incision and therefore no scar. Sometimes closed operations also lead to a slightly shorter recovery time and decreased swelling, revealing the new nose on a shorter timeline. However, it goes without saying that this approach does not provide the surgeon with the same level of visibility as an open procedure.