Asian rhinoplasty differs from other types of nose reshaping procedures because it usually requires implants or cartilage grafts to build a more projected nose bridge.
The procedure is performed on patients placed under general anesthesia. It can be done in a hospital, in a surgical clinic, or in a surgical suite in your surgeon’s office, and generally takes two to three hours to complete.
Depending on the complexity of the procedure, your surgeon may perform either an open rhinoplasty or a closed rhinoplasty. With open rhinoplasty, Dr. Sedgh will make incisions across the columella between the nostrils, as well as additional incisions inside the nose. This provides better access to the internal nasal framework, which makes it ideal for some of the more complicated rhinoplasty techniques.
On the other hand, closed rhinoplasty is performed with all incisions placed inside the nostrils. Through these incisions, Dr. Sedgh will carefully manipulate the underlying tissue to reshape the structure of the nose. This approach is recommended for simpler rhinoplasty cases and will yield no visible scarring.
To build the nasal bridge, Dr. Sedgh may install an artificial, biocompatible implant that has been carefully shaped to meet the patient’s desired outcome. Another option is to use cartilage grafts obtained from a donor site on the body, such as the septum, ear, or rib.