Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

Open vs. Closed Rhinoplasty

 There are two primary techniques used during nose surgery – open rhinoplasty and closed rhinoplasty. Both techniques can achieve excellent results. Dr. Richard Ellenbogen will determine the right option for you during your initial consultation.

Open rhinoplasty uses an incision across the flap of skin between your nostrils called the columella. This is the more commonly performed technique since it provides Dr. Ellenbogen with the greatest visibility during your procedure and allows him the best access to the bone and cartilage. Open rhinoplasty is an excellent option for patients with:


  • Thick skin
  • A low bridge that needs to be augmented using grafts or nasal implants
  • Weakened nasal structures or functional issues caused by a poor outcome from a previous rhinoplasty procedure
  • An asymmetrical tip

Closed rhinoplasty uses an incision that is placed inside the nostrils. This technique reduces any potential for external scarring due to the use of internal incisions. Dr. Ellenbogen typically recommends closed rhinoplasty for patients with:

  • Thin skin
  • A bump at the bridge of the nose
  • A bulbous or mildly drooping tip
  • Functional issues caused by nasal valve collapse

The best way to find out which option will deliver your desired outcome is to speak with Dr. Richard Ellenbogen in person. During your initial consultation, he will examine your nasal structures and listen carefully to your aesthetic goals in order to devise a customized treatment plan that will address all of the functional and aesthetic issues with your nose.

Please contact Beverly Hills Body today to schedule your initial rhinoplasty consultation. Dr. Richard Ellenbogen serves patients in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, and Hollywood, California.

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