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What is open rhinoplasty?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
The open rhinoplasty cuts across the columella. The columella is the skin between the nostrils. Most other incisions are made inside the nose, as in the closed technique. The extra 4-millimeter external incision allows the skin to be lifted up off of the nose, exposing the cartilage and bones much the same way as raising the hood of a car exposes the engine. Bleeding can be directly stopped with this technique, unlike the closed operation that requires old-fashioned pressure to stop bleeding. Sutures can be placed between cartilages. Grafts can be accurately sewn in, and techniques that could only be performed by the great masters of rhinoplasty can be implemented by the average plastic surgeon.
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