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What is septorhinoplasty surgery?

It’s often assumed that ‘nose jobs’ are carried out purely for cosmetic reasons.

However, there’s a number of reasons why people might want nose surgery, and it’s often carried out for corrective purposes. One example is ‘septorhinoplasty’ surgery. Here’s a closer look at what it entails:

What is septorhinoplasty?

Generally speaking, septorhinoplasty is a type of nose surgery that addresses both the appearance and function of the nose. Unlike something like, say, nose reduction surgery carried out wholly to reduce the size of somebody’s nose.

Septorhinoplasty combines ‘rhinoplasty’ – the name given to surgery that’s predominantly carried out to alter the external shape and size of the nose – with corrections to the septum, the cartilage that separates the two nostrils.

It’s actually quite common to have a slightly deviated septum, which basically means the septum doesn’t sit perfectly straight in the middle of the nose. A deviated septum can vary in severity, and might just be one of those things that occurs by chance, or happen as the result of an accident or injury.

It doesn’t always cause problems, but for some people a deviated septum can cause a range of symptoms, such as breathing difficulty, snoring, chronic sinus infections, and sometimes pain and discomfort. It can also affect the appearance of the nose, making it appear crooked, uneven or ‘broken’. My information video on deviated septums explains more.



Should I have my nose surgically corrected?

Deciding whether to pursue septorhinoplasty surgery is often a personal decision, and might come down to how much your nose is affecting you and your life. Some people choose to undergo corrective nose surgery to help improve breathing problems, for instance, while for others, correcting the appearance of their nose might be the bigger factor.

Your surgeon will be able to help guide you on what to expect from the procedure, what aftercare and recovery is involved, and answer any questions you might have before you decide whether to go ahead.

Is septorhinoplasty surgery risky and would it leave scarring?

With all types of surgery, there are always certain risks. Your surgeon will discuss these with you and ensure you fully understand any risks attached, and advise on what can be done to minimise any complications occurring.

Similarly, any procedure that involves making incisions on the body can involve a degree of scarring. However, exactly what this means will depend on the type of technique used for your surgery – whether it’s carried out externally or entirely internally. Sometimes, corrective nose surgery can be performed via the nostrils without leaving any scarring on the skin externally, while some procedures might require a small incision on the small area of skin between the nostrils. There are pros and cons for each approach, and which is most suitable can sometimes vary on an individual case by case basis. Find out more in my septorhinoplasty scarring information video.

Are you considering corrective nose surgery? Make an appointment to talk to our ear, nose and throat (ENT) specialist – Miss Sarah Little.

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