Often rhinoplasty and septoplasty are combined to form a procedure called septorhinoplasty. This procedure not only improves the overall appearance of the nose but also addresses the obstruction to the airflow caused by a deviated septum. If your nasal concern isn’t purely cosmetic, this might actually be the better nose reshaping surgery option for you, as it will address medical concerns too.
In most cases, a deviated septum occurs when the nasal septum (the thin wall between your nostrils) is displaced to the left or the right side. For many, the septum is displaced – sometimes known as deviated – and one nasal passage appears smaller.
If severe, a deviated septum can block much of one of the sides of the nose. This of course reduces airflow and can ultimately cause breathing difficulties; especially at night where this can manifest as very loud snoring.
In addition, those who suffer with a deviated septum can find the ‘drying’ effect of airflow through the more open side of the nose to cause painful crusting, cracking or bleeding. Nasal obstruction can also occur from a displaced septum from swelling of the tissues lining the nose. Although medical treatment of an obstruction or adhesive nasal strips can be offered to reduce nasal swelling or open the nasal passages, to correct a deviated septum in the long term, surgery is necessary.
During septorhinoplasty, the bones and cartilage that give your nose its shape and structure are altered surgically as part of a rhinoplasty (nose job) before the septum – the harder area between the nostrils – is made straight. This part of the procedure is called a septoplasty. When the two procedures are combined we call this a septorhinoplasty; although it’s also possible to have both nose surgeries performed separately, it’s usually advised the combination procedure is undertaken to save on recovery time.
During surgery, Mr. Ahmed will make a cut in the mucosa (lining inside the nose) and will lift it off from the cartilage and bone. He then removes the bits of cartilage and bone that are bent and puts the rest back into a straight position. By reducing the cartilage, Mr. Ahmed can refine the tip of the nose, and if you have a lump or bump affecting the silhouette and overall shape, it can be shaved down. Breaking of the nasal bones and setting them back into place will straighten the bridge of the nose.
Septorhinoplasty usually takes up to two and a half hours, with breathing difficulties overcome within two to three weeks post-surgery. In the right hands, this procedure is relatively low risk, although the usual surgical risks should be considered including infection, bleeding post-surgery and swelling.
Patients can usually return to work within one to two weeks, once the initial bruising has subsided. Successful septorhinoplasty results mean patients will have the size and shape nose desired and will be able to breathe through both nostrils, making this procedure multi-beneficial for most patients. Additional smaller aesthetic changes can also be made in the future in the form of non-surgical nose reshaping treatments using dermal fillers should you think it necessary.
You should book a consultation with Mr. Aftab Ahmed to ensure that this treatment is right for you. As one of the most experienced and skilled cosmetic face surgeons in the North of England, Mr. Ahmed is well placed to provide you with a tailored treatment plan as well as the best post-operative aftercare advice. Whether you require a rhinoplasty, a septorhinoplasty or non-surgical nose reshaping with dermal fillers, you can be sure you’re in safe hands every step of the way.