Two popular facial surgeries that we often hear about are Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty. What exactly are these procedures and how do they differ from each other? Let’s dive in to gain a deeper understanding.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure primarily performed to correct a deviated septum. The septum is a wall that divides the nasal cavity into two halves. When it’s deviated, it can make breathing difficult and, in some severe cases, it can be one-sided. The goal of a septoplasty is fundamentally to improve breathing.
On the other hand, Rhinoplasty, also known as a ‘nose job,’ is typically performed for cosmetic purposes – to alter the shape, size, or proportions of the nose. This procedure can also correct impaired breathing caused by structural defects in the nose, making it a blend of aesthetics and functionality.
- Septoplasty: Mainly focuses on correcting structural defects for better functionality (i.e., improved breathing)
- Rhinoplasty: Mostly undertaken for aesthetic improvements, but can also address functional issues.
Thus, while both procedures are centered around the nose, the reasons and intended outcomes for each are markedly different. Can they be performed together? Absolutely. This is known as a septorhinoplasty.
Who is a Good Candidate?
It is imperative to understand who might be a prime candidate for this procedure. While it is ultimately up to your surgeon to determine this, here are some conditions that may indicate being a good candidate for these procedures:
- Nasal Obstruction: If you frequently experience difficulty breathing through your nose, it may be due to a deviated septum. Septoplasty, hence, forms a part of septorhinoplasty can address this issue.
- Nasal Deformity: If you have a visible deformity on your nose that affects your self-esteem or attracts undue attention, a rhinoplasty or ‘nose job’ included in the septorhinoplasty can amend the physical appearance.
- Post-Trauma: Individuals who have experienced nasal trauma that has resulted in both functional and cosmetic damage are often strong candidates for septorhinoplasty.
Another factor to consider is the patient’s health status. Those with otherwise good health—a lack of serious chronic ailments, being a non-smoker or ready to quit smoking, and possessing realistic expectations about the surgery outcome—are generally viable candidates.
The brilliance of septorhinoplasty is not merely in its dual functionality. Its merit also lies in how it comprehensively addresses both aesthetic and functional concerns—in one procedure. Is it right for you? Speaking with a skilled surgeon is the first crucial step in making this determination.
Can I combine other procedures?
A rhinoplasty is often more than just a solitary procedure, and may be united with other procedures to deliver optimal results. So, contemplating rhinoplasty and what else to combine with? Let’s delve into the other procedures commonly finding their accompaniment with rhinoplasty:
- Chin augmentation: A chin augmentation procedure, or mentoplasty, can be performed alongside rhinoplasty to create a more balanced facial profile.
- Brow Lift: Aging often leads to a drooping forehead and eyebrows. In such scenarios, a brow lift can be combined with rhinoplasty to render a more youthful and rejuvenated appearance.
- Blepharoplasty: Also known as eyelid surgery, this procedure is frequently paired with rhinoplasty to help improve the aesthetic balance between the nose and eyes.
- Cheek Augmentation:. Helping to create a balanced filling of the face, cheek augmentation can sync well with a rhinoplasty procedure.
In summary, each of these procedures – chin augmentation, brow lift, blepharoplasty, and cheek augmentation – have unique objectives and can greatly enhance the overall balance and attractiveness of your facial profile. However, the focus of our discussion, septoplasty and rhinoplasty, are specific procedures that address the aesthetic and functional aspects of the nose.
Septoplasty focuses primarily on the medical and functional improvements of your breathing by rectifying any deviated septum issues. Rhinoplasty, on the other hand, concentrates on the cosmetic enhancement of your nose’s shape, size, and proportion in relation to other facial features.
However, the choice to opt for a septoplasty or a rhinoplasty depends wholly on your individual needs and desired outcomes. It may even be beneficial in some cases to consider a combination of both, to optimize overall results.
Every Procedure Begins with a Conversation
In pursuit of achieving the best possible results and enhanced satisfaction, it is crucial to have an open dialogue with an experienced surgeon. An informed decision about your own body is an empowered decision.
- Do you want to breathe easier?
- Are you looking to enhance or balance your facial features?,
- Do you have any health concerns related to your nose?
These are the questions that you need to ask yourself and discuss with your surgeon.
Whether you’re considering a rhinoplasty, a septoplasty, or a different facial enhancing procedure, please, feel free to contact us for a comprehensive consultation session. Our expert team is equipped with vast knowledge and the necessary expertise to guide you through every step of the process. From evaluation of your needs, discussion of personalized treatment plans, to precise execution of procedures, your transformation journey is our priority.
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