Closed Rhinoplasty in Seattle Washington

A closed rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that changes the shape of the nose. Because the incisions are made inside the nose, there is less swelling and scarring than with a traditional nose job.


Close rhinoplasties are generally thought to be safe. Only a trained, board-certified facial plastic surgeon should perform them.


The procedure itself usually takes between 1 and 2 hours. It takes a week of intensive healing and time off work.


Closed rhinoplasties can range in price from $8,850 to $11,500, depending on the complexity of the procedure.Insurance will not cover closed rhinoplasty if it is only for cosmetic reasons.


Closed rhinoplasties are long-term procedures that can be used to correct dorsal humps and narrow the nose tip or bridge. The overall satisfaction rate with rhinoplasty was 83.6 percent, according to a 2015 study of 2,346 online patient satisfaction reviews. Furthermore, females (87.6 percent) were more satisfied with the surgery results than males (56 percent).

What exactly is a closed rhinoplasty?

In a Closed Rhinoplasty all of the incisions are inside of the nose, with no visible external incisions on nose jobs. An Open Rhinoplasty means there is an incision across the columella to access the tip and the bridge and it is done by lifting the entire surface up off of the cartilages. You will also most likely be required to miss 4 to 5 days of work, which is less than a more invasive open procedure.

How does a closed rhinoplasty procedure work?

The Seattle facial plastic surgeon will make all incisions inside the nostrils during a closed rhinoplasty, also known as an endonasal rhinoplasty. The nose is not completely open, and the nasal structure is not visible. The facial plastic surgeon has limited visibility because all of the work is done through narrow openings in each nostril.
As a result, it’s critical to choose a skilled surgeon and examine before and after photos of their work. In addition to leaving no visible scars, the closed rhinoplasty procedure is relatively quick and does not cause excessive swelling or a lengthy recovery. It will most likely be performed under general anesthesia.

A closed rhinoplasty procedure

You will be sedated on the day of the procedure. Some doctors prefer general anesthesia for rhinoplasty because the procedure can cause blood in the throat, which can be dangerous if the patient is unconscious. After you’ve been sedated, your facial plastic surgeon will make incisions inside your nostrils. They will separate your skin from your cartilage and then begin the reshaping process by adding cartilage, shaving, or adding bone. A bone graft is required to add bone. When the shaping is finished, sutures or stitches will be used to close any incisions, and you will be given a cast or a nose splint. A closed rhinoplasty procedure takes about 1 to 2 hours.

Targeted areas for treatment

Closed rhinoplasties focus on the nose, specifically the length, tip shape, and bridge.

Are there any risks or side effects

Closed rhinoplasties, like all surgeries, carry some risk. The following are some side effects to be aware of:

  • breathing problems
  • nosebleeds
  • scars from a numb nose and an asymmetrical nose
  • Anesthesia allergy caused prolonged bruising
  • postoperative deformities necessitating a second surgery

What to expect after a closed rhinoplasty

You will be required to wear a cast or splint for 5 to 7 days following the procedure. This will aid in the healing of your nose. Make arrangements ahead of time for someone to drive you home, as you will be unable to drive while under anesthesia. You should plan on missing a few days of work and sleeping with your head elevated to reduce swelling.

Your doctor may advise you to avoid the following:

  • exercise or strenuous activity
  • excessive chewing swimming alcohol consumption
  • blowing your nose, sleeping on your stomach, and pulling your clothes over your head

Your cast or splint will be removed after about a week, revealing your new nose. Although you may still have some bruising and swelling around your nose and eyes, you should be able to resume normal activities. Unless you break or damage your nose, the results are permanent.

Preparing for a closed rhinoplasty

Before undergoing rhinoplasty, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss your specific situation and desired outcome. You should ensure that the doctor understands your vision and is willing to share before and after photos, as well as that you have realistic expectations about what to expect. Make sure to disclose any supplements or medications you’re taking at this appointment. Your doctor or nurse will also photograph your nose from various angles to determine whether you are a better candidate for nonsurgical rhinoplasty, which involves the use of fillers to reshape the nose. Avoid blood-thinning medications such as ibuprofen or aspirin, as well as alcohol, in the days leading up to the procedure. Smoking can cause the healing process to take longer, so if possible, quit smoking before the procedure.

Make arrangements for someone to drive you home. If you live alone, you could invite a friend to spend a day or two with you.

Rhinoplasty (closed vs. open)

Both closed and open rhinoplasties reshape and improve the appearance of the nose. An open procedure is more involved, resulting in more swelling and scarring as well as a longer recovery time. It is preferable for severely asymmetrical or crooked noses, as well as other complex cases involving breathing problems.

A closed rhinoplasty usually has a shorter recovery time and less swelling. It can be used to reshape the nose bridge, bulb, or tip, as well as to correct bumps and dorsal humps.

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We see Patients for Closed Rhinoplasty from these Areas


Pike Place

Downtown Seattle

West Seattle

Capitol Hill


Miller Park
Central District
Clyde Hill
Hunts point
Gig Harbor

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