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What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is the surgical procedure performed on the nose. It aims at changing the shape and improving the performance of the nose. Like other cosmetic surgeries, Rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic reasons and health issues. The desirable result is accomplished by the manipulation of the bone, cartilage and tissue present in the nose. There are four different types of rhinoplasty and they include;

Open or extensive rhinoplasty

A doctor holds the nose of a woman after rhinoplasty

The open approach to rhinoplasty is simply the removal of the nose skin cover. By doing this, the underlying bones and cartilage will be revealed and the surgeon can easily make corrections with their sterile equipment.

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Closed rhinoplasty

​This rhinoplasty form is performed without removing the nose cover. However, an incision is made around the nostrils for the surgeon to access the cartilage and bones using long and thin surgical equipment. The closed rhinoplasty leaves no visible external scars after the procedure.​

Filler rhinoplasty
Dr. Wiser fill in a niddle with medical gloves

Filler rhinoplasty is done through the use of injection. In this procedure, a dermal substance such as Juvederm, hyaluronic acid and Restylane are injected into the nose to make certain corrections. This method is usually performed to make small changes like nose enhancements and the reduction of nose humps.

Secondary rhinoplasty

From the word "secondary" it can be deduced that this treatment is the revision type of rhinoplasty. It can either be open or closed, but its sole aim is to resolve complications caused by the first nose job or to make modifications that were not considered in the primary rhinoplasty.