Rhinoplasty can be performed “open” or “closed”, with the latter often also known as “scarless” rhinoplasty. Speaking with the Director of 8 West Clinic, top Facial Plastic Surgeon Dr. Buonassisi details the difference between the two types of rhinoplasty surgery in the above video.
In regards to the question of whether one or the other is the better approach, Dr. Buonassisi talks about common questions that patients ponder regarding scarring, invasiveness, and overall effectiveness before coming to his conclusion, and directly answers the most frequently asked question of all down below.
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The following are Dr. Buonassisi’s own words on the biggest concern over open rhinoplasty: the scar.
“The answer is no. The skin of the columella heals extremely well. It’s also facing downwards, so unless you are extremely tall, people don’t look directly at it. In most cases, once the scar heals, it’s imperceptible.
If you have a strong preference for a closed rhinoplasty, that is reasonable. However, I think sometimes the benefits of doing an open approach far outweigh the very small risk of having a visible scar. Having said that, there are still changes that I can make to the nasal tip through a closed approach, but probably not as dramatic or substantial as the ones I can make through an open approach.”