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In the event that Dr. Marcus chooses to perform an open rhinoplasty as part of your surgical plan, a small incision will be made called a trans-columellar incision, which connects the right and left nostril incisions. This incision is no more than 4-5 millimeters and when performed correctly, the healed trans-columellar incision is often invisible and rarely results in an objectionable scar.

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Closed vs Open Rhinoplasty

A less traditional approach, a closed rhinoplasty indicates that no incisions are made on the outside of the nose in order to accomplish the desired changes. Instead, all surgical incisions are positioned inside the nostrils. The advantage of closed rhinoplasty is there is no scar left on the outside of the nose. The disadvantage is it can be more difficult to have a clear view of the nasal structure, especially when working on the tip of the nose. For this reason, Dr. Marcus is careful in choosing this option, as it generally works best for the more minor alterations.

In an open rhinoplasty, a small incision is made on the columella, which is the small column of skin that separates the two nostrils. With this incision, Dr. Marcus achieves unimpeded visibility of the nasal structures. This approach allows him to make more significant changes to the nose, as well as perform reconstruction if necessary. Of the two techniques, open rhinoplasty tends to be more advantageous.

It allows greater access and greater dexterity in making desired changes. For patients concerned with scarring on their columella, it is important to understand that Dr. Marcus' closing techniques are second to none. Over time, the scar reduces until it is virtually invisible. Below are some examples of Dr. Marcus' rhinoplasty patients.



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While the information in this website may be helpful, it will never fully relate facial plastic surgery to you. If you are interested in a facial procedure, please call our office and one of our representatives will schedule your consultation.

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Dr. Sheena Samra

Dr. Sheena Samra is a board eligible and fellowship-trained surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery. She values an individualized approach to patient care with a keen eye for detail and aesthetic excellence. After dedicating years of training in the head and neck, Dr. Samra has a profound respect and focused approach to rhinoplasty as well as surgical and non-surgical treatments for facial rejuvenation, with an emphasis on achieving natural results.

The ability to transform someone and bring out their confidence is very rewarding.

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