Rhinoplasty is the augmentation surgery of the nose. The two basic reasons for the operation are reconstruction and cosmetic purposes. Reconstructive surgery is done to improve the function of the nose, while in cosmetic surgeries the reason is entirely aesthetic.


The reconstruction or augmentation surgery lasts up to a couple of hours. Open and closed approaches are the two ways of doing a basic nose job.


Open approach


The surgeon makes a cut inside a person’s nostril and in the columella or the skin that separates the two nostrils. This makes the operation easier, and also faster with less risks of botching up the job, by giving the doctor a better view of the patient’s nose. While surgeons often resort to this approach, it comes with several associated risks.


The person is exposed to a longer recovery period after the operation. The extra incision made on the columella too has to be accounted for when talking of complications and risks.


Since the operation is done on a mobile facial feature, you can expect to experience some discomfort post the operation. The doctor would best recommend the kind of surgery suitable to an individual.


Closed approach


The incision in the columella is not made in closed approach. The surgeon will choose to make the cut inside the nostrils, ensuring that most is gained out of the procedure. However, the closed approach offers only limited view of the bones or cartilages to be augmented to the doctor, thus making the open approach the preferred method.


With fewer incisions to treat, the recovery from closed approach is faster. The swelling around the middle of the face and the area around the eyes, and the discomfort and pain goes down in a very short time, in either methods of rhinoplasty.


Icepacks may be recommended and you can also expect bruising, depending on how extensive was the surgery. The doctor is also likely to administer medication to ease the pain and discomfort and to ward off an infection.