Open rhinoplasty

R P Gruber
Clinics in Plastic Surgery 1988, 15 (1): 95-114
Open rhinoplasty provides visualization, which for many is essential for the best sculpturing. The indications for its use include every primary and secondary rhinoplasty candidate unless tip grafts are going to be under tension or if the deformity is minor. The technique of opening the nose has been described. Emphasis is placed on (1) suturing the medial crura together, (2) suturing the medial crura to the septum, (3) resecting a portion of the lateral crus, and (4) leaving as much cartilage in the supratip and cephalic parts of the lateral crus as possible. The result is (1) greater tip projection with fewer tip grafts, (2) improved correction of tip convexity, (3) fewer supratip deformities, and (4) fewer Weir excisions. The columella scar is usually inconspicuous and has not been a significant problem in any case.

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