THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN RHINOPLASTY AND SEPTOPLASTY
Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty are surgical procedures that are often performed together. They can both enhance the appearance of your nose and facilitate better breathing, but they are different in terms of procedure and structural improvement. When considering what is the best nose shaping option for you, it’s best to look at both options from a medical perspective.
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure to reshape or resize your nose and improve its appearance.
While Rhinoplasty can facilitate better breathing, it is usually performed for cosmetic benefit. Rhinoplasty can be performed under both general and local anesthesia. There are several types of Rhinoplasty surgeries, ranging from procedures to correct the bridge, nose tip, and alar bases. Many patients want a combination of corrections done when undergoing Rhinoplasty.
Septoplasty is an internal reconstructive procedure performed to straighten or remove a portion of a deviated septum, which is the partition between the two nasal cavities. When damage to the nasal septum occurs, a deviated septum that is bent, broken, or damaged can cause headaches, poor breathing, and sleep apnea due to nasal blockage.
Septoplasty can correct breathing difficulties resulting from injuries caused from contact sports, falls, and other circumstances. It is not uncommon for cosmetic and functional procedures to be combined in a single operation, therefore both a Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty can be performed at the same time.
For both Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty, general nose shape results should occur within 7-12 days as early as two weeks, but can take up to a year for full results, although this will vary by patient. Any bruising is usually gone in about ten days.
At Ranch and Coast Plastic Surgery, our office has been designed to provide the best environment and experience for Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty procedures. Our renowned facility is located in the coastal town of Del Mar, two blocks from the ocean and 2 miles from the freeway,near La Jolla and San Diego. We offer convenience and the highest quality of cosmetic surgery to patients who live locally, and across the nation.