The surgery is performed either using incisions on the inside of the nose, so no visible scars are present, or under certain circumstances, the base of the nose, the “open approach”. The “open approach” allows better visualization of certain internal structures of the nose.
During plastic surgery the skin of the nose is separated from its supporting framework of bone and cartilage, which is then sculpted to the desired shape. The nature of the sculpting will depend on your problem and your surgeon’s preferred technique. The skin then is redraped over the new framework.
When the procedure is complete, a splint will be applied to help your nose maintain its new shape. Nasal pack or soft plastic splints also may be placed in your nostrils to stabilize the septum, the dividing wall between the air passages.