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Septoplasty vs Rhinoplasty

Septoplasty vs Rhinoplasty

Posted by Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman on January 5th, 2024

Understanding the Differences and Deciding What’s Right for You

Facial plastic surgery can sometimes feel like deciphering a complex puzzle, especially when it comes to understanding the difference between rhinoplasty and septoplasty. At PROFILES Beverly Hills, renowned for our expertise in facial plastic surgery, we often encounter patients curious about the distinction between these two procedures. So, let’s get into the details of septoplasty vs rhinoplasty to help you make an informed decision.

What is Rhinoplasty?

Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a “nose job,” is a surgical procedure that alters the shape, size, or proportions of the nose. It’s a popular choice for those looking to enhance their facial appearance. Whether it’s reshaping the nasal tip, adjusting the bridge, or altering the nostrils, cosmetic rhinoplasty is about achieving a nose that complements your facial features. Rhinoplasty can also have a functional component to improve breathing related to twisting or collapse of external nasal anatomy such as the nasal bones and sidewall cartilages. At PROFILES Beverly Hills, double board-certified facial plastic surgeons, Drs. Solieman and Litner specialize in delivering natural, beautiful rhinoplasty results that align with each patient’s unique goals.

What is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty, on the other hand, is a corrective medical procedure focused only on fixing a deviated septum. A deviated septum occurs when the nasal septum – the bone and cartilage dividing the nasal cavity – is off-center or crooked, which can potentially cause breathing difficulties, nosebleeds, and other discomforts. Septoplasty aims to straighten the septum, enhancing nasal function and improving overall breathing.  It’s mostly a functional surgery, – but there can be a crossover cosmetic benefit, since straightening the septum can also help straighten the outward appearance of the nose if the corrected portion involves the upper part that supports the lower nasal bridge or tip.

Septoplasty vs Rhinoplasty: The Key Differences

The primary difference between rhinoplasty and septoplasty lies in their objectives. Rhinoplasty is about addressing the external features of the nose, the parts you see, including the nasal bones, cartilage side walls, and nasal tip. This can be done primarily for cosmetic reasons (e.g., to reduce a nasal hump or wide tip), for functional reasons (e.g., to repair sidewall collapse or a nasal fracture) or a combination of both.  . Septoplasty addresses a purely internal, primarily functional issue – correcting the septum to improve nasal breathing. Patients often choose between septoplasty or rhinoplasty based on their needs and goals. If they’re happy with their nasal appearance but have chronic nasal obstruction or sinus issues related to a deviated septum, a septoplasty may be all that is needed. On the other hand, if breathing issues relate to more complicated external nasal problems, or if there are cosmetic changes desired, or both, a rhinoplasty will be the way to go.

Combining Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty

It’s common for patients to combine septoplasty and rhinoplasty in a single procedure, known as septorhinoplasty. This approach offers a comprehensive solution and is ideal for those who wish to improve both the function and appearance of their nose.

Choosing the Right Procedure for You

Deciding between septoplasty and rhinoplasty – or considering a combination of both – depends on your needs and goals. If your primary concern is improving nasal breathing and correcting a deviated septum, septoplasty is the likely choice. However, if you’re looking to change the structure or shape of your nose for cosmetic or functional reasons, rhinoplasty is the way to go.

At PROFILES Beverly Hills, we understand that every patient’s journey is unique. Drs. Solieman and Litner bring their extensive experience and personalized approach to each case, ensuring that whether you choose septoplasty, rhinoplasty, or a combination of both, your results will not only meet but exceed your expectations.

In the “septoplasty vs rhinoplasty” debate, we’re committed to guiding you through this decision with our expert advice and care. Contact us today to find out how we can tailor these procedures to your unique situation.

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