WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RHINOPLASTY AND SEPTOPLASTY?
Septoplasty is the procedure to fix a deviation of the septum that often causes breathing problems or simply because it alters the symmetry of the nose.
When breathing problems are the only issue, this procedure can also be carried out by ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) surgeon in the NHS and it would not change the shape of the nose.
Septoplasty involves alterations of the septum which is the internal pillar of the nose supporting the whole structure. The septum is responsible for most of the deviations and breathing problems.
Rhinoplasty is the surgical procedure to alter the shape and /or size of the nose. It is performed by Plastic Cosmetic Surgeons. Rhinoplasty can remove a bump from the dorsum, can reduce the size of the tip, lift the tip up, improve symmetry, reduce the overall size of the nose, narrow the bones and reduce the nostrils.
Due to the intrinsic and tight connections between the septum and the cartilages and bones of the nose, it wouldn’t be appropriate (although rarely possible) to perform a rhinoplasty without a septoplasty.
We cannot think to change the shape and size of the nose without some kind of correction of the septum or correct any coexistent breathing problems. It is demonstrated that the vast majority of patients have some degree of septal deviation which should be corrected during a cosmetic rhinoplasty to achieve better symmetry and support.
The newest modern technique named PRESERVATION RHINOPLASTY which is my area of expertise is a SEPTO-RHINOPLASTY which I like to perform with a closed approach (from the inside of the nostril – no external scar). It can address cosmetic and functional irregularities with a minimally invasive approach, minimal bruising and faster recovery time.
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