Septorhinoplasty

A septorhinoplasty is a hybrid surgical procedure combining the aesthetic benefits of rhinoplasty with functional alterations to the nasal cavity to improve airflow and breathing (septoplasty). The plastic surgeon will straighten and refine the septum to improve air flow. With the internal structures still exposed, the plastic surgeon will further alter the nasal bone and cartilage for aesthetic improvements.

Septorhinoplasty Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Septorhinoplasty
avg. recovery
3 weeks
permanence
Is permanent
Type
Surgical Procedure
surgical
Yes
cost
$6000 - $10000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 09.18.2021

A septorhinoplasty is a hybrid surgical procedure combining the aesthetic benefits of rhinoplasty with functional alterations to the nasal cavity to improve airflow and breathing (septoplasty). During a septorhinoplasty, a plastic surgeon will utilize an open rhinoplasty technique to expose all internal nasal structures by making small incisions and lifting the skin/mucosa off the cartilage and bone. The septum is composed of bone towards the top of the nose (near the brow) and cartilage towards the base. The plastic surgeon will straighten and refine the septum to improve air flow. With the internal structures still exposed, the plastic surgeon will further alter the nasal bone and cartilage for aesthetic improvements.

The goal of a septoplasty is to simultaneously improve the appearance of the nose (rhinoplasty) and also ease airflow through the nasal cavity to improve breathing (septoplasty).

Concerns

Septorhinoplasty addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

Most patients who have undergone septorhinoplasty are able to resume most normal activities within one to two weeks. Swelling, bruising, and tenderness generally resolve within a week or two. Makeup can be worn after one week.

Ideal Candidate

A septorhinoplasty is an ideal procedure for individuals experiencing difficulties breathing due to structural nasal problems (like a deviated septum) who are also seeking to improve the size and shape of their nose. Those with airway obstruction, recurrent rhinitis, or chronic sinusitis may also benefit.

Not Recommended For

Septorhinoplasty is not recommended for individuals with acute nasal or sinus infections, or those with certain chronic conditions.

Side Effects

Possible side effects from a septorhinoplasty procedure include bruising, bleeding, swelling, numbness, scarring, and difficulties breathing. Less common side effects include reduced sense of smell, adhesions within the nasal cavity (collections of scar tissue), and septal perforations.

Pros

  • functional improvements
  • aesthetic improvements
  • may be covered by insurance

Cons

  • High probability of scarring
  • Risk of reduced sense of smell

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