What are Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty?
Rhinoplasty and septoplasty are surgical procedures designed to address both aesthetic and functional concerns related to the nose. These procedures focus on improving the structure and shape of the nose, as well as resolving any nasal breathing issues.
Rhinoplasty involves reshaping the nose to achieve desired changes in its appearance. It can address concerns such as a dorsal hump, a bulbous tip, a crooked nose, or a disproportionate size. The goal of rhinoplasty is to create a nose that harmonizes with the rest of the facial features, without compromising its functionality.
On the other hand, Septoplasty is performed to correct a deviated septum, which is the misalignment of the nasal septum that can obstruct proper airflow and cause breathing difficulties. Septoplasty aims to straighten and reposition the septum, allowing for improved nasal breathing.
Both rhinoplasty and septoplasty can be performed separately or together. However, this depends on several factors and each patient will be assessed by the surgeon for independent evaluation to determine suitability.
These procedures are not only about enhancing physical appearance but also about addressing functional issues that may impact overall well-being. It’s important to consult with a qualified surgeon to determine the most suitable approach for your unique situation.
Improving the Structure and Function of the Nose
The nose plays a central role in facial aesthetics, and its appearance can greatly impact the overall balance and harmony of one’s features. If you feel that your nose is too wide, flat, slim, or pointy, it can draw attention away from other facial attributes. Septo-Rhinoplasty, a combination of septoplasty and rhinoplasty, is a surgical procedure that aims to improve both the cosmetic appearance and functional aspects of the nose.
Through Septo-rhinoplasty, your surgeon can address various concerns, such as straightening and sculpting the nose, reducing alar flaring, and enhancing the shape of the nasal tip. Additionally, this procedure allows for the reshaping and straightening of the septum during septoplasty. By improving the structure of the septum, breathing problems can be resolved, contributing to better nasal airflow and overall facial symmetry.
Dr Stephen Kleid, a highly regarded ENT surgeon based in Melbourne, brings years of experience and expertise to Septo-rhinoplasty procedures. With a patient-centered approach, Dr Kleid tailors each surgery to meet the specific needs of the individual, ensuring that the outcome not only enhances the appearance but also improves nasal functionality. By entrusting your Septo-rhinoplasty to Dr Kleid, you can achieve a nose that complements your facial features and promotes better breathing, allowing you to both look and feel your best.
Watch this video about septo-rhinoplasty surgery to find out if it is for you.
Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure commonly referred to as cosmetic nose surgery. While it is primarily known for its ability to enhance the appearance of the nose, it can also address functional concerns, improving breathing functions. Rhinoplasty focuses on correcting various common cosmetic nose concerns, including:
- Nasal asymmetry or tilting to one side
- Excessive width or flatness of the nose
- Under projection or a prominent hump on the nasal bridge
- Pointy or bulbous nasal tip
- Narrow or flaring nostrils
In addition to addressing cosmetic issues, rhinoplasty can also help alleviate breathing difficulties resulting from small nasal cavities, narrow nasal passages, or a deviated septum. In many cases, a full rhinoplasty may also involve a procedure called septoplasty to address septal deviations.
Similar to rhinoplasty, septoplasty addresses both cosmetic and functional concerns related to the nose. However, septoplasty is specifically focused on reshaping the septum, which is the thin wall separating the right and left nostrils.
Normally, the septum is positioned centrally within the nose. However, it can sometimes deviate to one side, either due to congenital factors or as a result of a nose injury. A deviated septum can lead to various problems, including:
- Crooked appearance of the nose
- Nasal blockage or obstruction
- Dryness in the nasal passages
- Formation of nasal crusts
- Persistent loud snoring
Septal deviation surgery can be performed as a standalone procedure when the septum is the sole concern, both cosmetically and medically. Alternatively, it can be incorporated into a comprehensive nose surgery that addresses other aesthetic features, such as a bulbous nasal tip, a bumpy nasal bridge, or flaring nostrils.
Benefits of Septo-Rhinoplasty
Septo-Rhinoplasty, a combination of the above, offers several benefits for individuals seeking nose reshaping surgery. A nose that appears too large, protruding, small, or flat can disrupt facial symmetry and overall proportion. With Septo-rhinoplasty, patients have the opportunity to address various aesthetic concerns, including:
- Straightening a crooked nose
- Correcting a dorsal hump (a prominent bump on the nasal bridge)
- Resizing and reshaping the nostrils
- Enhancing the projection of the nasal bridge
- Refining the shape of the nasal tip
- Achieving desired changes in overall nose size
In addition to its cosmetic advantages, septo-rhinoplasty also addresses functional issues commonly associated with nasal obstruction. Many cases of nasal congestion or blockage are a result of septum deviation. By incorporating septoplasty into the procedure, septo-rhinoplasty can provide additional benefits such as:
- Opening up blocked nasal passages
- Improving nasal breathing
- Enhancing the sense of smell
- Reducing the risk of sinus infections
If a deviated septum is the primary cause of your nasal problems, septum straightening surgery can be performed as a standalone procedure. However, if you wish to address other aesthetic aspects of your nose, your surgeon can integrate septoplasty into a more comprehensive rhinoplasty procedure to achieve desired improvements in both form and function.
How is a Septo-Rhinoplasty Performed?
During a Septo-rhinoplasty procedure, Dr Stephen Kleid performs various techniques to address both the functional and aesthetic aspects of the nose. The surgery is typically conducted under general anesthesia to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. The specific surgical approach may vary depending on your unique needs and desired outcomes.
To access the nasal tissues, Dr Kleid may employ either an open or closed incision technique. With the open approach, a small incision is made at the base of the nose, allowing for better visibility and access to the underlying structures. In the closed approach, incisions are made inside the nostrils, resulting in no visible external scars.
The surgical steps involved in Septo-rhinoplasty may include:
- Reduce the size of the nose by removing cartilage and nasal bone-breaking
- Lengthen the nose and improve its projection using implants or cartilage grafts
- Reshape the septum’s bone and cartilage
- Manipulate the cartilage in the nose tip to enhance its appearance (tip plasty)
- Reshape the nostrils (Alarplasty)
Whether you undergo septum reshaping surgery alone or as part of a more comprehensive nose surgery, it is crucial to choose a highly skilled plastic surgeon like Dr. Stephen Kleid. His expertise ensures that not only will the aesthetic proportions of your nose be enhanced, but you will also achieve optimal nasal breathing and functionality after the procedure.
Recovery After Septo-Rhinoplasty
The majority of the recovery process after septo-rhinoplasty occurs within the initial few weeks following the surgery. During this time, it is common to experience several symptoms, which can include:
- Pain is typically most intense during the first 3-4 days after surgery.
- Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort during this period.
- Swelling around the nose and eyes is a common occurrence after Septo-rhinoplasty.
- It may take around a month for the swelling to gradually subside.
- Following your surgeon’s instructions regarding the use of cold compresses and keeping your head elevated can help minimize swelling.
- Bruising around the nose and under the eyes is another common side effect of the surgery.
- It can take a couple of weeks for the bruising to fade away.
- Applying arnica gel or taking arnica supplements as recommended by your surgeon may help speed up the healing process.
- Minor Bleeding:
- It is normal to experience minor bleeding from the nose after nose surgery.
- Your surgeon will provide instructions on how to manage this, which may include gently cleaning the area and avoiding any actions that could disrupt the healing process.
- Itching Sensation:
- Itching in the nose is a common occurrence after rhinoplasty. However, it is important to refrain from scratching or rubbing the nose too vigorously, as this could potentially damage the delicate healing tissues.
- If the itching becomes bothersome, your surgeon may recommend specific measures or medications to alleviate it.
It is important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions carefully to ensure proper healing and minimize any potential complications. Attend all follow-up appointments, take prescribed medications as directed, and avoid activities that could put stress on the nose during the initial recovery period.
Remember, individual recovery experiences may vary, so it is important to consult with your surgeon for personalized guidance throughout the healing process.
Helpful Recovery Tips
Proper post-operative care is crucial for a smooth and successful recovery following cosmetic nose surgery, whether it involves reshaping the nose, correcting a deviated septum, or improving breathing. Here are some tips to aid in your recovery process:
- Sleep with your head slightly elevated.
- Keeping your head elevated while sleeping can help reduce swelling and promote better healing.
- Use extra pillows or consider sleeping in a recliner to ensure adequate elevation.
- Take time off for rest
- It’s important to give yourself ample time to rest and allow your nose to heal.
- Avoid vigorous physical activity
- Refrain from engaging in rigorous exercises or activities that may increase blood pressure and potentially disrupt the healing process.
- Be mindful of clothing choices
- Choose clothing options that don’t require pulling garments over your head, especially during the initial recovery period.
- Opt for button-up shirts or clothing with front closures to avoid accidental trauma to the nose.
- Avoid placing pressure on the nose bridge
- During the healing process, it is advisable to avoid glasses or any objects that exert pressure on the nose bridge.
- Consult your surgeon for alternative options or modifications that can help you during this time.
- Use nasal sprays as recommended
- If your surgeon has prescribed nasal sprays or medications to alleviate congestion or promote healing, make sure to follow the instructions provided and use them as directed.
- Lastly, promptly communicate any concerns or issues to your surgeon.
- If you experience symptoms such as fever, heavy nosebleeds, or worsening pain, it is important to inform your surgeon, as they can provide appropriate guidance and ensure your recovery progresses smoothly.
- Remember, each individual’s recovery is unique, and patience is key as your body heals at its own pace.
What are the Complications of a Septo-Rhinoplasty?
Some of the complications that can follow your septoplasty or rhinoplasty include;
- Wound infection
- Hematoma (swelling caused by blood buildup)
- Seroma (swelling caused by fluid buildup)
- Numbness around the nose and upper lip
- Changes in the sense of taste or/and smell
- Perforated septum (possible after septoplasty)
If you would like a more comprehensive and detailed list of potential Risks and Complications visit our Cosmetic Surgery Risks and Complications page.
What is the Cost of Septo-Rhino Surgery?
The cost of Septo-rhinoplasty surgery can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon’s experience and reputation, the location and facilities of the surgical center, and any additional fees such as anesthesia and post-operative care.
To get an accurate cost estimate for your specific case, it is recommended to schedule a consultation with a qualified and experienced plastic surgeon. During the consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your individual needs, discuss your goals, and provide you with a personalized treatment plan along with a detailed cost breakdown.
It is also important to consider that health insurance coverage may apply to certain aspects of the surgery, if it is done for medical reasons to improve breathing. It’s advisable to check with your insurance provider to determine if any coverage is applicable to your case.
Remember, when considering the cost of Septo-rhinoplasty, it is essential to prioritize the qualifications and experience of the surgeon and the quality of care provided, as these factors can significantly impact the outcome and your overall satisfaction with the results.
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Why Choose Dr Kleid?
Dr Stephen Kleid,
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Rhinoplasty, Septoplasty and a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.
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