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Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty

Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty

Because they are both nose surgical procedures, it is easy for some patients to confuse a Rhinoplasty with a Septoplasty. The truth is that these procedures are not entirely the same. Here is what you need to know about these two popular surgical operations for the nose.

Rhinoplasty

This cosmetic procedure is commonly referred to as a nose job and is intended to enhance the proportions of the nose as well as address nasal asymmetry in order to achieve a more natural-looking and balanced facial appearance.

But apart from its cosmetic purposes, there are other reasons as to why a patient may consider getting a rhinoplasty surgery such as to correct sinus issues and nose deformities, to treat difficulty in breathing, to address other nasal issues.

The Procedure

Rhinoplasty is performed by a surgeon under general anesthesia. Incisions will be made internally. There are some cases where it becomes necessary to make additional micro incisions. The soft tissues are detached from the basic structure of your nose which will be reshaped to a balanced and proportionate size and shape.

Open and closed are two of the specific methods used in doing the operation. It will take one to two hours to complete the procedure, depending on the desired outcome. A few hours after the surgery, patients are generally allowed to return home.

Possible Risks

Your surgeon should be able to explain to you in detail the potential risks associated with Rhinoplasty. Some of these risks include:

  • Infection
  • Pain or numbness
  • Scarring
  • Swelling or skin discoloration
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Chances of repeating the surgery
  • Anesthesia risks

The Recovery Process

The healing process tends to be shorter with Rhinoplasty. In fact, patients may return to work only a couple of days after the procedure. Pain is possible especially during the first few hours following the surgery. You may also experience pressure or stuffiness that does not last long. In many cases, bruising around the eyes is visible but giving it a week or two to heal would work best.

The nose splint, as well as packing material that your surgeon placed, will be removed after three to five days. After the first week, additional stitches will be removed. One of the best ways to expedite the recovery is to apply cold compress during the entire healing process.

Septoplasty

Septoplasty, on the other hand, is a type of surgical procedure for the nose and is somewhat different from Rhinoplasty because of the way it is performed. This procedure is very common among individuals who are suffering from a deviated septum which occurs when the septum or the wall of cartilage and bone dividing the nose into two separate nostrils is displaced to one side of the nose.

Septoplasty can be used to correct this problem, straightening and repositioning the nasal septum in the center to allow better passage of air through the nose. In the procedure, it may be necessary for the surgeon to cut and remove parts of your nasal symptom before they are reinserted in the right position.

There are symptoms that a surgeon may look into when you are planning to undergo septoplasty. This may include difficulties in breathing and the physical features and structures of your nose.

The Procedure

It may take around 60-90 minutes for a septoplasty procedure to complete, depending on how complex the patient’s case is.

During the procedure, the surgeon will access the septum by making an incision on one side of the nose. The mucous membrane which is the septum’s protective covering will be lifted. The deviated septum will then be moved into its proper position. Barriers like extra cartilage or bone will be removed and finally, the mucous membrane will be repositioned.

The membrane and septum need to be held in place hence stitches have to be made. In some cases, nose packing using cotton is necessary to secure them in place.

Possible Risks

Like most forms of surgery, septoplasty comes with its fair share of risks such as the following:

  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Change in the shape of the nose
  • Nose discoloration
  • Forming of holes in the septum

The Recovery Process

Although septoplasty is an outpatient procedure, patients may expect to experience pain and difficulties when performing physical activities for weeks. Complications can be prevented by following these tips:

  • Blowing your nose should be avoided, especially a few days after the surgery.
  • Reduce swelling by elevating your head while sleeping.
  • Opt for button-down shirts to avoid pulling the clothing over the head and touching your nose.

Do you need Rhinoplasty or Septoplasty?

Rhinoplasty is rather a cosmetic procedure used to enhance or reshape the nose according to the desire or need of the patient. Septoplasty is a nose job as well – just like Rhinoplasty – but it is a highly preferred method by individuals that need to correct their nasal issues due to a deviated septum. Your rhinoplasty surgeon will go over all the details with you on your consultation and advise you on the recommended procedure.

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