What Are The Different Types of Nose Jobs?

In much the same way as not all noses are alike, not all rhinoplasty is alike either. There are many different kinds of nose job out there, catering to the varied needs of each individual. In this post, we’ll fill you in on the main types of procedure you need to know about.

Open vs Closed Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty procedures can be performed as either “open” or “closed” surgery. Open surgery involves an incision along the patch of skin between the nostrils, while closed surgery is achieved with discreet incisions inside the nostrils. As you can imagine, closed surgery is the preferred option whenever it’s possible to get the same results from both methods, because it generally involves less operating time and reduced swelling, and doesn’t leave a scar between the nostrils.

Open surgery can yield better results in certain cases, however, as it essentially gives the surgeon “more nose” to work with. There are some procedures which require a more comprehensive manipulation of the cartilage, such as extreme nose reductions or augmentations. An experienced rhinoplasty specialist will know exactly which cases call for an open versus a closed technique.

Male and Female Rhinoplasty

The techniques for male and female rhinoplasty are the same, but a good surgeon will take a very different aesthetic approach for each gender (as well as each person’s unique set of features). Some of the most desirable qualities for a man’s nose are quite different to those for a woman’s nose. For instance, most men prefer the bridge of their nose to be slightly longer and wider than the ideal female equivalent.

The two most common procedures for both genders are nose augmentation, which builds up and defines the nasal bridge or tip; and nose reduction, which can remove a hump in the nasal bridge, reduce or reshape the tip, and correct flared nostrils.

Ethnic Rhinoplasty

An understanding of how facial features vary between ethnic groups is crucial for a successful rhinoplasty—so much so that ethnic rhinoplasty has its own special category. The key here is to make the desired improvements without creating a nose that looks mismatched to the rest of the face.

Revision Rhinoplasty

Sometimes, patients can be unhappy with the results obtained by a certain plastic surgeon, and seek out a more experienced rhinoplasty specialist to improve upon their original surgery. Revision rhinoplasty is exactly that: it either returns the nose to its original form, or makes the improvements originally envisaged by the patient.


Septoplasty is a particularly useful type of rhinoplasty because it can correct a functional problem with your nose. By realigning the crooked septum (the cartilage and bone that separates your nostrils), it can allow you to breathe easily once again.

Dr. Siegel is Houston’s rhinoplasty specialist. To find out more about the different types of rhinoplasty and whether it’s right for you, contact him today!

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