JOURNAL ARTICLE

A fresh look at the open rhinoplasty technique

G D Friedman, R P Gruber
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 1988, 82 (6): 973-82
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Use of the open rhinoplasty technique (ORT) in certain nasal and septal deformities has proven to be an invaluable asset in the rhinoplasty armamentarium of the authors. Primarily owing to the markedly increased exposure with this technique, more accurate assessment of the deformities is possible and additional or improved surgical maneuvers become available, particularly in the tip. Sculpting the entire cartilaginous and/or bony vault, as well as correcting difficult septal malalignments, can be carried out under better direct vision with greater precision, accuracy, and predictability. This has led to improved and more consistent final results. Previous criticisms of unsightly columellar scars have been virtually eliminated through the use of improved surgical techniques and simple magnification. Overall, open rhinoplasty technique can provide many distinct advantages in certain nasal deformities with no real disadvantages over conventional closed techniques.

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