The incisions for a Rhinoplasty surgery can be well camouflaged and heal without a trace. Most often, incisions are made in both nostrils. In the “open” approach to a rhinoplasty, an additional incision is made across the columella (a structure situated between both nostrils). These incisions are all made in order to lift the skin, and to manipulate both bone and cartilage so as to modify the shape and contour of the nose. At the conclusion of this operation, internal and external splints are placed to ensure that the nose remains stable as it heals.
In most cases, general anesthesia is used.