ARE RHINOPLASTY AND SEPTOPLASTY THE SAME THING?
Both rhinoplasty and septoplasty involve surgery on the nose, but they have very different goals. Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure used to improve the nose's appearance, while septoplasty is a functional surgery used to improve breathing and correct structural issues. Let’s examine the differences and discuss choosing the best procedure for your aesthetic goals.
Rhinoplasty Reshapes the Nose
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic surgery that is performed to reshape the nose. This procedure can change the nasal size, shape, and appearance. Rhinoplasty is often used to correct cosmetic issues such as:
- A crooked nose
- A bump on the bridge of the nose
- A nose that is too large or too small
- A nose that is misshapen due to injury or trauma
Your surgeon will make incisions inside or outside the nose during the procedure, depending on the specific technique used. She will then reshape the bone and cartilage of the nose to achieve the desired result. Finally, the skin is draped back over the new nose framework and sutured closed.
Rhinoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within 1-2 weeks.
Septoplasty Corrects a Deviated Septum
Septoplasty, on the other hand, is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated septum. The septum is the cartilage and bone that separates the two nostrils. When the septum is deviated, it can cause breathing problems and other issues. Septoplasty is often used to correct these problems by straightening the septum and improving airflow through the nostrils.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions inside the nose and lift the mucous membrane lining to access the septum. Next, she will straighten and reposition the septum to improve airflow through the nostrils. Sometimes, the surgeon may also remove excess bone or cartilage to improve breathing further.
Septoplasty is performed under general anesthesia. Most patients can return to work and normal activities within a week or two.
How To Choose Between Rhinoplasty And Septoplasty
Choosing between rhinoplasty and septoplasty depends on your individual needs and goals. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your nose and want to improve its shape, size, or overall appearance, then rhinoplasty may be the best option.
On the other hand, if you are experiencing breathing problems due to a deviated septum, a septoplasty may be the best option. A septoplasty can improve airflow through the nostrils and correct structural issues in the nose.
In some cases, both procedures may be performed simultaneously to address cosmetic and functional issues. This is known as septorhinoplasty.
Dr. Victoria Givens Can Help You Choose
Performing nasal surgery demands advanced surgical skills, a thorough knowledge of intricate nasal anatomy, a keen sense of balance and structural support, and the ability to visualize the outcome. Therefore, choosing the right surgeon is crucial for undergoing a rhinoplasty. Dr. Victoria Givens, a leading female facial plastic surgeon in Austin, is renowned for her exceptional skills in nasal reshaping. Her personalized treatment plan and thorough assessment will enhance your natural facial beauty, resulting in an elegant and refined appearance. Contact us today to learn more about rhinoplasty or septoplasty procedures!