How Hard is It to Fix an Open Roof Deformity?

How difficult would it be to fix a rhinoplasty open roof deformity in revision rhinoplasty? Would the entire nose need to be re-arranged or could this just be done "additionally"? I believe I have an open roof and there's a dent (feels like there's nothing there) in the middle of the bridge and a bump on the bridge.

Also, are there any limits to it where rebuilding the bridge is the only option? What are the limits to that and when is it limited? What would be used?

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Rhinoplasty, Beverly Hills Revision Rhinoplasty, Nasal Refinement, Nose Job,Beverly Hills Rhinoplasty, Los Angeles Rhinoplasty

An open-roof deformity refers to a condition where the nasal bones do not come together along the top of the nose.  In normal conditions, the cartilage and nasal bones, of the nose form a triangle shape that is the nasal structure we manipulate during a Rhinoplasty or Revision Rhinoplasty.  The upper part, of this, is made up of the nasal bones, the lower portion is cartilage and finally cartilage makes up the nasal tip.

When to much nasal bone has been removed, during a Rhinoplasty, from the bones section of this structure, a space exits between the right and left nasal bone creating what is called an open roof.  The open roof creates a wider appearance to the nose and allows the nasal skin to grow or droop into the space creating vertical lines or depressions in the nasal skin.

The treatment depends on how high or low the nasal bones are at this point.  If the nasal bones are to low, creating the customary fractures using osteotomies could create a complete collapse of the nasal bridge because the right and left nasal bones are to short to meet in the midline.  In this case, an onlay graft is used to close the gap between the right and left nasal bones.  I have found that ear cartilage warps with time, irradiated cartilage dissolves within 15 years as does bone or rib cartilage.  Septal cartilage would do well but rarely have I seen septal cartilage long enough to be useful.  For this reason, I have always preferred using a silastic straight nasal graft (without the L-section).  It's stable and doesn't absorb...however it a man made substance similar to Cheek and Chin Implants.

If, on the other hand, the nasal bones have sufficient height, osteotomies are performed which fractures the nasal bones so they once again meet in the midline.

Without examination by a well experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeon who is well versed in Revision Rhinoplasty, this distinction and therefore surgical plan can not be formulated.

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Closing the open roof deformity in rhinoplasty.

The easiest method to close the open roof, but not the most popular, would be to use an alloplastic (foreign) material to cover the open roof.

Alternatively you could use a septal or conchal (ear graft) to cover the open roof.

Lastly, the tradional method to close the open roof is to bring the two side walls together to close the opening.

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