What to Expect
An outpatient procedure, rhinoplasty is performed while a patient is under deep sedation and
local anesthesia or a lifht general anesthesia at the accredited Orange County Surgery
Center. Depending on the technique used and the patient’s unique needs, surgery will usually
last 1 ½ hours. There are 2 types of nose surgery procedures: open rhinoplasty and closed
Open rhinoplasty, or external rhinoplasty, involves the plastic surgeon making a small
incision on the underside of the nose between the nostrils to give the surgeon better access
to the lower and middle parts of the nose. The surgeon can then manipulate tissue, skin, and
bone as needed. In addition, the placement of the incisions allows for minimal scarring.
Open rhinoplasty is used for more complex nose surgeries.
With closed rhinoplasty, or endonasal rhinoplasty, incisions are made inside of the
nostrils. This technique is usually used for less complex surgeries, such as when the nose
already has a good shape and isn’t considered too wide or too long. Due to the placement of
the incisions, there will be no visible scarring.