May 11, 2020
A rhinoseptoplasty is a treatment to improve the shape and function of the nose. A regular rhinoplasty is purely for aesthetic purposes. Meanwhile, a rhinoseptoplasty includes correcting breathing problems through the nasal passage and defects from birth or traumas. Plus, improving the shape of the nose for aesthetic purposes.
A septoplasty can be performed by itself to improve functionality, but a more common option is the combined procedure of a septoplasty and rhinoplasty. This is what we call a rhinoseptoplasty.
Who is a candidate for a rhinoseptoplasty
The nasal cavity allows air to enter the respiratory system upon respiration. Structures within the cavity regulate the flow of air and particles it contains. When this does not work correctly and breathing is partially obstructed, it is time to consider a rhinoseptoplasty.
What happens during surgery?
A rhinoseptoplasty is performed by two doctors working together. This includes an otolaryngologist (ear nose and throat specialist) and our plastic surgeon.
The ENT specialist repositions your nasal septum to the middle of your nose. This may require the doctor to cut and remove parts of your nasal septum before reinserting them in the proper position.
The plastic surgeon performs minor surgery to enhance the look and facial symmetry with the nose.
Both are done together during the same operation and can take about 1.5 hours.
How long is recovery?
Naturally, some discomfort and bruising are to be expected after this treatment which is normal. However, this is controlled with prescribed medication during the first week.
Breathing through your nose after rhinoplasty tends to become easier as early as one week after surgery. Breathing through the nose will improve over the following weeks and will generally feel back to normal by one to two months after surgery.