Closed rhinoplasty is a kind of rhinoplasty that does not involve any incisions outside the nose. Incisions in a closed rhinoplasty is made inside the nose. When rhinoplasty is performed by incising both inside and outside the nose, that is called an external rhinoplasty. Closed rhinoplasty, also known as endonasal rhinoplasty is more difficult to perform than external rhinoplasty. However, closed rhinoplasty can ensure scars not to be visible and it still allows many reshaping possibilities just like in external rhinoplasty.
Advantages of Closed Rhinoplasty
There are several advantages when doing closed rhinoplasty or endonasal rhinoplasty that external rhinoplasty can’t provide. Here are some of the advantages in closed rhinoplasty:
- Decreased need for Surgical Dissection
- Extra Support at the tip of the nose will most likely not be needed.
- Decreased risk of post-operative edema
- Scars are hidden and not visible.
- Shorter time for the surgical procedure to be done.
- Swelling of the nose and surrounding tissues are minimal.
- Faster healing time.
Disadvantages of Closed Rhinoplasty
Even though there are several advantages when performing closed rhinoplasty, there are still several disadvantage of closed rhinoplasty as well. Here are some of the disadvantages of closed rhinoplasty, when compared to external rhinoplasty:
- Surgeons will have limited access to the internal portion of the nose since incisions are only made internally.
- Changes are reshaping abilities are limited.
- All areas internal to the nose are not visible to the surgeon.
For patients who want to only get subtle or minimal changes to the shape of their nose, closed rhinoplasty or endonasal rhinoplasty will be performed.
Patients Who Will Qualify for Closed Rhinoplasty
Not all people who will go under rhinoplasty will qualify for closed rhinoplasty, since only minimal changes or reshaping will be done in closed rhinoplasty. There are certain nose characteristics that are only qualified to go under closed rhinoplasty. These are some of the nose characteristics that are qualified for closed rhinoplasty:
- Short Nose Tips
- Short Nose with Perky Tips
- Straight nasal septum
Patients Who Will NOT Qualified for Closed Rhinoplasty
Here are some of the characteristics of the nose that will mostly not qualify to undergo closed rhinoplasty:
- Too Projected Noses with Long Tips
- Large Noses with Drooping Nostrils
- Deviated Septum
- Broken Nose (injury to the bones or broken nasal bones)
- Large Lumps located at the bridge of the nose