What is the Difference Between a Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty?

When researching a rhinoplasty or “nose job” procedure you may also come across septoplasty surgery. So, what’s the difference? Rhinoplasty and septoplasty are two different surgical procedures that are done to the nose alone and are sometimes done together. If you are someone who is considering rhinoplasty or septoplasty, it is beneficial to work with an experienced, double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and ENT.

At UFP both Dr. Thompson and Dr. Henstrom are double board-certified, facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons as well as otolaryngology (ENT).  When a nasal surgery like a rhinoplasty and/or septoplasty is being done it is often to achieve both aesthetic and functional results. Seeing a surgeon who knows the nose inside and out, makes for a more seamless outcome and is best done in 1 combined surgery. Rhinoplasty is one of the most difficult cosmetic procedures to do.

What is Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty, also referred to as nasal surgery or a nose job, is a cosmetic procedure that is performed most often to achieve aesthetic, yet functional results. During a rhinoplasty surgery, the nose is reshaped to be more harmonious with the rest of the face.

Who is a Rhinoplasty Candidate?

There are many reasons why an individual may be considering nasal surgery.  Most candidates have a nasal deformity, or the appearance of their nose makes them feel self-conscious. A rhinoplasty can address a dorsal hump (hump on nose), a wide or narrow nose, wide nostrils, or a nasal bridge that is too high or too low. The goal with any rhinoplasty is to correct concerns and restore facial balance.

What is Septoplasty?

A septoplasty is done when the patient is experiencing obstruction and breathing difficulties. Breathing difficulties can be caused by a deviated septum or narrow nasal valves, which is why our surgeons check the inside of the nose during all consultations to make sure the nose is functioning properly. A septoplasty can involve cartilage and bone repositioning, reshaping to improve nasal breathing, or turbinate reduction.

Who is a Septoplasty Candidate?

Candidates for a septoplasty may be someone suffering from breathing difficulties, excessive snoring, or frequent crusting or bleeding in the nose. The only way to know if someone is an appropriate candidate for septoplasty surgery is by having a proper exam of the inside of the nose.

Can a Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty Be Performed at the Same Time?

Rhinoplasty and septoplasty are both nasal procedures, but rhinoplasty is purely cosmetic, and septoplasty is 100% functional. The term septorhinoplasty is used when both functional and cosmetic components exist. With both of our surgeons being dual certified in facial plastic surgery and ear, nose, and throat surgery, they both have performed many septorhinoplasty surgeries for patients experiencing breathing difficulties that also desire changes to the appearance of the nose.

During an individual consultation, the nose is thoroughly examined inside and out to determine if there are breathing issues or a septal deviation that need to be addressed. Our skilled surgeons want the nose to look great and work well following the procedure.

To learn more rhinoplasty, septoplasty, or revision rhinoplasty surgery, please contact our Draper of Layton, Utah office at (801)776-2220. Visit www.utahfacialplastics.com to see more septorhinoplasty before and after photos.

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