Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure through which the nose is reshaped or resized. It can be used to rectify and correct a wide variety of cosmetic and functional nose-related concerns, such an enlarged nasal tip, a drooping nasal tip, an injured nose, and various other nasal issues.
Osteotomy is the term used to describe a surgical technique in which a bone is partitioned or a part of the bone is cut off. Many rhinoplasty procedures involve some type of osteotomy to achieve the desired results.
When Is an Osteotomy Performed?
For any type of open rhinoplasty, osteotomies are used to achieve specific results. Each rhinoplasty surgery may require multiple osteotomies to get the best possible results. An osteotomy is generally the last step performed in a nose job surgery, as they can lead to considerable oozing from the fractures. They are performed at the tail end of surgery so the surgeon can rapidly shut the incisions and apply a dressing to stop the bleeding. In addition, an osteotomy at the end of a rhinoplasty will lead to lower instances of post-operative edema.
When Might You Need an Osteotomy?
Osteotomies are typically performed when a large hump has been removed from the nose and the surgeon needs to close the resulting open roof deformity. An osteotomy is generally the best way to rectify a nasal hump, widen a narrow nose, or enhance the features of a twisted nose.
Osteotomies will increase the likelihood that your nose achieves its desired shape with minimal discomfort. There are basically five different types of osteotomies that can be performed: medial, lateral, transverse, intermediate, and oblique. The most common type is medial osteotomy. The type of osteotomy that you will require is based on your individual requirements.
The nasal bone can typically be moved meticulously only after it has been carefully separated from the tissue and cartilage that surrounds it. Sharp chisels are used to get this done.
In order to receive maximum benefits from nasal osteotomies, it is best to choose an open rhinoplasty, as direct vision will provide a doctor with more control and precision over the procedure rather than engaging in a blind procedure. This will make the procedure far more reliable, and it makes it easier for a surgeon to perform as well. Apart from ease of operation, this procedure will make it easier to conserve the nasal muscle and will reduce the risk of lacrimal sac injury.
Though a nasal osteotomy is usually performed during open rhinoplasty, it can also be performed during a closed rhinoplasty, depending on the goals of the procedure. As long as your surgeon is experienced and skilled, you should not experience any issues as a result.
Find Out More About Rhinoplasty Surgery
Before you decide on whether or not rhinoplasty surgery is right for you, you’ll need to consult with a skilled and experienced medical professional. Dr. Paul Nassif, a well-respected surgeon and rhinoplasty specialist, is your ideal choice for a consultation. To meet up with Dr. Nassif for a consultation, contact our office today.