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Open approach key to improving rhinoplasty revisions

Article-Open approach key to improving rhinoplasty revisions

Sao Paulo — The complicated nature of rhinoplasty results in an average revision rate of 15 to 20 percent — a rate one surgeons says can be improved significantly.

At the 32nd annual Jornada Paulista de Cirurgia Plastica in Sao Paulo, Dallas plastic surgeon Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., discussed techniques for consistently good results and minimize the need for secondary or revision rhinoplasty, PRWeb reports.

Dr. Rohrich emphasized the open approach to rhinoplasty, which allows surgeons to easily see underlying nasal structures so they are able to reshape deformities more precisely. This helps surgeons avoid the use of visible grafts, which can compromise success rates and result in unnatural looking noses that are not in harmony with a patient’s facial features.

Using underlying nasal cartilage to reshape the nose provides a more natural appearance, Dr. Rohrich said.

“Rhinoplasty … really epitomizes plastic surgery as a whole because it is a surgery of such great finesse and it takes years to master,” Dr. Rohrich said. “Our goal is to teach rhinoplasty surgeons worldwide that with the use of these new techniques and by using the open approach to rhinoplasty, we can dramatically reduce the revision or ‘redo’ rate in rhinoplasty.”

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