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Septoplasty and rhinoplasty: what is the difference?

There are two main categories of nose surgery: rhinoplasty and septoplasty. The first is aimed at the appearance of the nose, and the second is aimed at eliminating internal anomalies. If you have aesthetic or functional problems with your nose, understanding how rhinoplasty differs from septoplasty will allow you to choose the appropriate correction option.

Published at

March 13, 2024

What is rhinoplasty?

This is a cosmetic surgery to change the shape of the nose. One of the most popular plastic surgeries in the world. If you have an asymmetry of the nose, a hump or depression on the bridge of the nose, an enlarged or lowered tip of the nose, wide nostrils, rhinoplasty can be a solution to these problems.

Rhinoplasty can be performed with closed or open access. With open access, the surgeon creates an incision on the columella and the bridge located between the nostrils. Scars are minimal and disappear naturally to an imperceptible fine line. Closed rhinoplasty does not require external incisions, the surgeon creates them inside the nasal passages. It may be more difficult for the surgeon, as he will have to work with limited access to the structures of the nose.

Each patient's anatomy and vision of beauty are unique. Plastic surgeon Alexander Andreevich Malakhov always draws up an individual correction plan in order to bring the patient closer to his ideal and preserve the natural features of appearance. 

And septoplasty?

Septoplasty is an operation aimed at eliminating functional problems of the nose, including correcting a curved septum. A curved septum may be congenital or result from injury. If you have difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils, or you have suffered a nasal injury that has affected your ability to breathe, then septoplasty can help improve your well-being. 

A curved partition may be the cause of the following problems:

  • Headaches;

  • Nasal congestion;

  • Snoring;

  • Sleep apnea;

  • Shortness of breath.

Septoplasty is performed by closed and open methods, depending on the degree of deformation of the septum. With an open technique, the surgeon makes a small incision on the columella. When closed or endoscopic, incisions are made on the mucous membrane inside the nose. 

Rhinoplasty vs septoplasty

No matter what type of nose job you have planned, you need to take 5-7 days off from work to give your body time to recover. Most of the swelling goes away during the first few weeks, although minor swelling may persist for 6-12 months after surgery. After surgery, the doctor can apply splints, which are usually removed after 7-10 days.

Both operations are performed under general anesthesia. After surgery at Olympus Clinics, you will stay at least a day in our cozy hospital. After discharge, you will need to come for routine checkups. During home rehabilitation, take painkillers on the advice of a doctor, sleep on your back for 2 weeks, do not eat hot, spicy, heavy food for the first few days, do not engage in intense physical activity for 2-3 months.

If you are not sure whether rhinoplasty or septoplasty, make an appointment with Dr. Alexander Andreevich Malakhov. Alexander Andreevich is a highly specialized specialist in the field of nasal surgery, a full member of the European Society of Rhinoplasty. An experienced plastic surgeon with 13 years of experience and a large number of happy patients. If you have a noticeably curved septum, which affects breathing, Alexander Andreevich can perform septoplasty with rhinoplasty elements to correct both functional and aesthetic defects in one operation.

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