Open and closed rhinoplasty are two different surgical techniques. Both involve incisions made inside the nose. However, in closed rhinoplasty, all incisions are made through the nostrils, while open rhinoplasty involves an incision across the columella (the soft tissue dividing the nostrils).
One advantage of closed rhinoplasty is that it leaves no visible scarring. However, an open rhinoplasty procedure may provide better access and visibility for a surgeon performing delicate and complex alterations of nasal structures. When performing open rhinoplasty, Dr. Westreich uses advanced incision techniques for barely visible post-surgical scarring.