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Sometimes it is difficult to know exactly what kind of procedure to inquire about when one procedure has several different types.  For example, there are two different types of rhinoplasty procedures:  open and closed.  While your plastic surgeon will most likely know which procedure is best for your particular needs, it is interesting to know about these two options.

What exactly is the difference between an “open” and “closed” rhinoplasty procedure?  The difference is really simple.  With an open rhinoplasty, a very small incision is made on the columella (the skin between both nostrils).  Dr. Hiatt makes this incision to lift the skin to the tip of the nose.  With a closed rhinoplasty, the incisions are confined to the inside of the nostrils, resulting in no visible skin incisions.

One advantage of the open technique is that the small incision allows Dr. Hiatt to see the nasal cartilage more clearly, enabling him to see and create a more natural look.  Other than that, however, the differences are not very huge between the open and closed rhinoplasty procedures.  Both will heal well, with little to no scarring.

Whichever technique your plastic surgeon uses is based on what will work for you and what your plastic surgeon prefers.  There is a lot debate between surgeons on which technique is better.  Regardless of which technique your surgeon uses, the most important factor is that your surgeon is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and experienced performing the type of procedure you wish to undergo.

Dr. Hiatt is board certified in plastic surgery and experienced in performing both open and closed rhinoplasty procedures.  During your consultation, Dr. Hiatt will help determine which technique is best for you.  Call Dr. Hiatt today at (480) 844-1410 to schedule your consultation.