Different Types of Rhinoplasty – Nose Jobs


Depending on the complexity of the surgery and the patient's nasal structure, one of three common techniques may be used: open rhinoplasty, closed rhinoplasty or tip plasty.

Open Rhinoplasty :

Open rhinoplasty is used for reducing the overall size of a large nose or when more access is required to re-sculpt the bone and cartilage. A small incision is made in the column between the nostrils (the columella ), allowing the nasal skin to be lifted back off the underlying structure of the nose and allows the plastic surgeon to have a clear view of the nasal anatomy. The bone and cartilage are then sculpted to create the desired shape and size of the nose and the nasal skin is then re-adhered.

Closed Rhinoplasty :

Using this procedure, several incisions are made inside the nostrils without lifting the nasal skin. The bone and cartilage of the nose are altered from within to achieve the desired contour of the nose. This procedure is usually performed when only minor changes are desired.

Tip Plasty:

This procedure is used when only the tip of the nose is to be surgically altered. The surgeon may use either the standard or open rhinoplasty to achieve the desired effect.


Alter Size and Shape: The surgery can alter the length and width of the bridge, span of the nostrils or change the angle between the nose and upper lip in order to achieve a nose size and shape that is more in harmony and balance with the patient's facial features.

Remove a Hump or Bump: One of the most common procedures is the removal of a hump or bump on the bridge of the nose to achieve a more aesthetic and smooth profile.

Refine the Tip: Another common procedure is to reshape the tip of the nose by removing and reshaping the cartilage to bring it more into balance with the size and shape of the nose and create greater definition.

Correct a Birth Defect or Relieve Chronic Breathing Problems: Rhinoplasty surgery can correct abnormally small nasal passages to improve breathing. Also, common birth defects such as crooked nose or separation of the bone, deviated septum or detracted cartilage can be corrected.

Consulting with a Board Certified plastic surgeon is the only sure way to know which Rhinoplasty technique will be used. Many times multiple techniques may be used to achieve the patient's desired result.