Rhinoplasty also known as a “nose job”, is one of the most frequently performed cosmetic surgery procedures to enhance the shape of the nose or improve nasal breathing. Though it is most commonly performed for cosmetic reasons, it can also be performed to correct a deformed nose following a trauma to the nose or due to a congenital deformity. Individuals with a deviated nasal septum, congenital deformity of the nose or any other medical conditions associated with nasal obstruction can expect symptomatic relief through rhinoplasty surgery. As it is an invasive surgical procedure, it is quite natural for patients to wonder if the surgery will result in a permanent scar on their face. Scarring is dependent on the type of rhinoplasty surgery performed.
Open vs Closed Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty can be divided into two different types of surgery – open and closed. The primary difference between the two is the site of their incision.
On the other hand, closed rhinoplasty requires an incision to be made inside the nostril. It has several benefits over open rhinoplasty as it is less invasive, has a lower incident of postoperative swelling, has a lower risk of an excessive correction (removal of cartilage), and requires less time for complete healing.
Will There Be A Scar?
Scarring is a natural process by which the body heals any discontinuity in the skin or tissue. Though it might be a nuisance, it is not something to be frightened about. Since rhinoplasty is an invasive procedure, it is likely to lead to the production of some post-surgical scar tissue. However, since the incision is typically small, the amount of scarring is usually very minimal and will be present in inconspicuous areas. As the incision in open rhinoplasty is made on the external surface, the scar can be visible to the naked eye on close inspection for a number of months following the surgery, however, it is hardly visible by the one-year anniversary of the surgery. The closed rhinoplasty incision is usually more preferred as the cut is made internally so the scar is not visible to the naked eye. The mucous membranes inside the nose tend to heal very well without raised or dark scarring.