Do I have an Open Roof Deformity? (photos)
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Open Roof Deformity
It's hard to tell if you have an open roof deformity from looking at a photo, but if you are unhappy with the width of the upper part of your nose, then this can generally be narrowed with osteotomies or breaking of the bones. Rebreaking the nasal bones is usually not a big concern. Please consult with a board certified specialist who can help you achieve the results you seek. 3-dimensional computer imaging can also help you visualize what you may look like afterwards and serve as an important communication tool with your surgeon.
Narrowing of the upper third of the nose may be achieved with osteotomies during rhinoplasty surgery.
The bridge of the nose is similar to an A-Framed roof. When the bony bridge is lowered, there may be widening, hence the phrase - "open roof". In our experience, narrowing of the upper third of the nose may be achieved with osteotomies. Your close up photos are difficult to interpret. Since you have concerns, consider consulting with several rhinoplasty specialists so you could see what might be best for you. Hope this helps. Dr Joseph
Revision rhinoplasty again at one year
The bridge line appears very flat and square top-ish, therefore an open roof may be present. To confirm an open roof requires an examination of the nose. To close the open roof requires osteotomies placed in the nasal bones which is acceptable after primary, secondary, or a tertiary rhinoplasty. Best to seek out a very experienced surgeon for best results. Revision rhinoplasty is a very difficult endeavor, and one of the most difficult procedures to perform correctly in the entire field of cosmetic surgery.
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Widened nasal bridge
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Do I Have an Open Roof Deformity?
At this time I would be patient because you're just 4 months post-op. With these pictures it is difficult to tell if you have an open roof deformity or increase width of the nasal bones. Having said that i would not be concerned about breaking the nose (doing osteotomies) if that is necessary.
Revision rhinoplasty for an open roof.
It is too soon to say if this will get better or worse. You may need the bones narrowed and spreader grafts placed. See your surgeon in several months and discuss this with him. If dissatisfied seek a second opinion from a very experienced revision rhinoplasty surgeon.
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