Is Osteotomy Part of Rhinoplasty?
If you’re unhappy with your nose, you may be considering rhinoplasty. Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed because it not only achieves a dramatic improvement in the appearance of the nose but it can make the entire facial structure more harmonious and symmetrical.
During a rhinoplasty procedure, there are different techniques used. One common technique is called an osteotomy. While osteotomy is not always a part of rhinoplasty, it is a part of some rhinoplasty procedures.
What is the difference between traditional rhinoplasty and osteotomy rhinoplasty?
The difference between traditional rhinoplasty and osteotomy is based on what happens during the procedure. During an osteotomy rhinoplasty, a tool is used called an osteotome. The osteotome is used to “break” the nose by cutting through the bone. This procedure is performed carefully as a precision technique that achieves more significant, dramatic results.
Traditional rhinoplasty surgery addresses cartilage and bone with sculpting and shaping using tools that do not cut or break the bone. Instead, small amounts of bone or cartilage are precisely altered, reshaped, and formed to result in a better shape, size, symmetry, and general appearance. Traditional rhinoplasty can address a broad range of nasal concerns, such as asymmetry, lack of definition, nasal dents or depressions, nasal tip issues, wide or narrow nostrils, and more.
While these concerns can also be addressed during an osteotomy rhinoplasty, they can be addressed individually during traditional rhinoplasty without moving or breaking the bones.
When is osteotomy required during rhinoplasty?
Based on each patient’s unique anatomy, concerns about their nose, and aesthetic goals for nasal reshaping, Dr. Corrado will determine whether osteotomy is required. An osteotomy rhinoplasty changes the position of the nasal bones. This technique results in more significant changes, addressing bigger cosmetic concerns or nasal trauma. An osteotomy nose job is generally recommended if a patient has a crooked nose, a nasal fracture, or significant nose trauma. Osteotomy is also recommended for patients with a large nasal hump.
To determine whether you require osteotomy, Dr. Corrado will examine your nose structure and anatomy, your cartilage and bone, and discuss nose trauma, humps or bumps you are concerned about. Based on this consultation, Dr. Corrado will design a tailor-made surgical plan for you, which may include osteotomy. He will walk you through this surgical plan and answer any questions you have about your surgery and aesthetic goals for your nose.
Reach out to learn more about rhinoplasty with Dr. Corrado
Dr. Corrado’s practice is completely focused on facial plastic surgery. As a double board-certified surgeon in the field of facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, and Throat Surgery), he is an authority in the field. His patients benefit from his precise, meticulous attention to detail, dedication to patient outcomes, and steady, expert hand.
Dr. Corrado’s rhinoplasty results reflect his professional philosophy, including safety, trust, and nuanced, natural-appearing results. With Dr. Corrado, results are achieved that promote both outer and inner beauty, bringing out both your aesthetic goals and authentic appearance.
Please call today to set up a consultation with Dr. Corrado and learn more about whether your rhinoplasty will involve osteotomy.