Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty Explained

Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty Explained

Noses come in many shapes and sizes, and some of those variations are things you can’t see. The complexity and differences in each nose mean there are different types of nose surgery that can be performed by a facial plastic surgeon. The two primary surgeries are rhinoplasty and septoplasty, but many people don’t know the differences between the two, or which one is right for them.

What is a Septoplasty?

If you’ve ever heard someone say they have a deviated septum, they are referring to the piece of cartilage and bone inside the nose that separates the two sides and provides support. You cannot see the septum or tell that it is deviated by simply looking at it. But a deviated or crooked septum can obstruct breathing. This can cause chronic congestion, trouble sleeping due to snoring and frequent headaches or facial pain.

A septoplasty corrects a deviated septum to restore breathing and eliminate these problems, and in some cases, it may be covered by insurance if your deviated septum is causing health issues.

With Dr. Siegel’s careful and advanced technique, the surgery typically takes an hour or less and there is no visible swelling or bruising. All of the work is done inside the nose. This surgery is designed to restore normal function of your nose – not change its appearance. In fact, when done correctly, it’s likely that no one will know you even had a septoplasty done.

Rhinoplasty is for Appearance

A rhinoplasty, commonly known as a “nose job,” is designed to improve various aesthetic problems with a nose. If your nose is crooked, humped, large, wide, or otherwise out of balance with your features, a rhinoplasty can give you a more aesthetically pleasing, yet still natural, nose shape and size.

Noses are one of our most unique facial features, so your rhinoplasty should be carefully tailored to your individual needs. Factors such as your gender, ethnicity, and personal aesthetic preferences should be taken into account by your surgeon. Don’t settle for a “standard” rhinoplasty that supposedly looks good on everyone. For natural and attractive results, your rhinoplasty should be unique, just like you.

A rhinoplasty alone will not correct a deviated septum. But, the two surgeries can be combined for someone who needs a septoplasty and wishes to change the appearance of their nose. Plastic surgeons refer to this as a septorhinoplasty. A rhinoplasty generally requires more recovery time than a septoplasty, but most patients are typically back to work after a week.

What’s Best For You?

If you’re interested any type of nose surgery, be sure you talk with a board certified facial plastic surgeon. Ask to see before and after photos of their patients, and make sure the surgeon you choose is highly experienced in nose procedures.

Do you have questions about septoplasty or rhinoplasty? Talk with Houston’s rhinoplasty specialist, Dr. Michel Siegel. Together, we can determine which procedure will help you achieve your goals for a functional and aesthetically pleasing nose.

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