The Different Types of Rhinoplasty Procedures

For those of us who are considering undergoing some form of facial plastic surgery, the rhinoplasty is often one of the most popular and heavily debated procedures out there. The reshaping of the nose and its overall enhancement is a hot button issue and one that is often debated amongst both men and women. According to Dr. Richard Swift, the best rhinoplasty surgeon NYC has to offer, this is because the nose is the most essential feature of the face, and by altering it in any way, it can drastically affect the way in which our other facial features appear – possibly making our eyes, ears and mouth, look larger, or smaller, depending upon the specific type of enhancement we choose to undergo. Rhinoplasty can change many things about your nose, including your nose size (in relation to your face), nose width at the bridge, the size and position of the nostrils, and nose profile (by downsizing visible humps, bumps or depressions on the bridge). Some plastic surgeons specialize in ethnic rhinoplasty, a great option for people of different ethnicities and backgrounds who are looking for a subtle change to their nose. This is important to understand as there are a number of different types of rhinoplasty procedures, and depending upon what exactly you would like to accomplish with your specific enhancement, different versions of the rhinoplasty might be right for you.

According to Dr. Richard Swift, the best rhinoplasty surgeon NYC has in practice, patients must work along side their doctor to determine which type of rhinoplasty procedure is right for them. In some scenarios, patients may have specific needs that might need to be met, whether they are cosmetic or regarding the overall function of their nose as well as their breathing – depending on what needs they have, there are different versions of the rhinoplasty available to them. The different forms of rhinoplasty are broken into three specific categories, primary, secondary, and a filler rhinoplasty.

Primary Rhinoplasty

The two most common forms of a primary rhinoplasty, are far more invasive, surgical procedures. They include both open and closed rhinoplasties.

· Open Rhinoplasty

The open rhinoplasty is a method that is designed for those who are in need of major nose reshaping. In this version, the incisions are made in the vertical strip of the skin separating the nostrils. This is called the columella. Once that’s completed, the skin and soft tissue are them elevated off the underlying structure of the nose, so that your surgeon will have full access to the nasal anatomy and can alter all the major aspects of the nose.

· Closed Rhinoplasty

The closed rhinoplasty is another form of the primary rhinoplasty; however, it is for those who are more so in need of minor reshaping. Most surgeons, will make incisions within the nose itself. After this, the skin of the nose is them separated from the bone and cartilage, which makes up the supporting framework of the nose. Once these areas are exposed, the bone and cartilage can now be moved, removed, reshaped, augmented or rearranged in a number of different ways, just to achieve the new shape that they desire.

Secondary Rhinoplasty

· Revision Rhinoplasty

The terms secondary and revision essentially mean the same thing when it comes to a rhinoplasty or nose job procedure. The revision rhinoplasty is designed in order to correct any issues that might have developed, or even persisted after the initial rhinoplasty procedure was done. According to the best rhinoplasty surgeon NYC patients rely on for such procedures, the revision rhinoplasty can be done either open or closed, and is able to correct both functional issues or the nose and sinuses, as well as the aesthetic issues that might have developed. Again, an important point to understand is that the issue in need of correction can be one that existed prior to your initial procedure, or developed as a result of your initial procedure.

Filler Rhinoplasty

· Filler Rhinoplasty

This is essentially an entirely different category of nose job; however it can sometimes fit into the secondary class of procedures depending on who you ask. A filler nose job involves the use of injectable dermal fillers like Juvéderm, to either filler depressions, smooth out angles, alter the tip of the nose, the overall nostrils and much more. This is designed for those patients who may not be ready for surgery yet – either mentally or physically. This class of patients involves those who may not need much correction at all – for instance, if someone wanted to slightly enhance the symmetry of their nostrils, make their nose appear smaller and much more. In the case of a patient with a bump on their nasal bridge – if they were to have a traditional nose job the surgeon would remove or shave the bump down, however, with a filler nose job, the surgeon would use an injectable dermal filler to add volume to the other areas and even the nasal bridge out.

While there are a number of interesting subspecialties of the rhinoplasty procedure, it is important for patients to understand that the ones above are the main branches from which those methods come from. For more information about other facial plastic surgery or to schedule a consult, be sure to contact Dr. Swift today.



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