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How is Rhinoplasty done?

Plastic surgery doctor's hands on patient's face in examination.

Rhinoplasty (nose job) is done in order to enhance the appearance and restore normalcy of a person’s nose.

It is mainly done in two ways – either closed, which means no external skin cuts are made and therefore no external scars are produced. With this approach, everything is done through the nostrils and although more challenging, in an experts hands, external scars are avoided and there is less swelling and potentially fewer complications and quicker healing. The other approach is open rhinoplasty, which is done with making incisions in the external skin of the nose and correcting the nasal deformities under direct visualizations. This always results in a potentially permanent unsightly external scar and higher complication rates. With both approaches, the patient may require removing/ and or replacing excess cartilages, skin, fat as well as boney tissues. I typically do a closed rhinoplasty which means a no scar surgery.

What are Rhinoplasty Cartilage Grafts?

Cartilage grafts are pieces of the patient’s own cartilage that are harvested, usually from his/her septum, ear or rib in order to change and enhance the shape of the nose. At times, they are used to reconstruct and restore the missing cartilage in order to provide better breathing. This is usually necessary in the cases of traumatic injuries, cocaine abuse or overzealous cartilage resection during the previous rhinoplasty procedure. Other types of grafts include soft tissue, skin and bone grafts, some of which can be obtained and safely used from the donor cadaver.

By: Dr. Homayoun Sasson

Posted in: Plastic Surgery

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