Most anyone you ask could probably tell you, in general terms, what a rhinoplasty is. But what about a septoplasty? These procedures, also known as septorhinoplasty, are less well known, despite being just as important and impactful for those looking to get cosmetic or medical procedures for their nose. This blog will serve as a FAQ to give you all the information you could ever possibly need about the procedure.
What is septoplasty?
Septoplasty is often also referred to by the term “septorhinoplasty”. That should give a hint that septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgery are related procedures. Thankfully, the rhinoplasty versus septoplasty distinction is an easy one to understand. Rhinoplasty involves altering the overall shape of your nose and its structure.
A septorhinoplasty deals with your septum, the part of your nose that divides your nostrils. This part of the nose may become crooked or deviated. A septoplasty can be used to help straighten out the septum or otherwise adjust its shape and size.
How does it work?
Septoplasties generally are done with minimal operations on the outside of the nose. Usually, your cosmetic surgeon will keep the nose surgery only on the inside, preventing too much exterior scarring. A septoplasty simply involves the movement of the bone and cartilage inside the nose, but it could also require that some of these pieces be removed.
Why get a septoplasty?
There are a few reasons someone might want to look into septoplasty procedures in Toronto. For many, it’s the same reason for any facial plastic surgery—aesthetics. It’s natural to feel that a deviated or crooked septum is a distracting feature.
There are also medical reasons to get septoplasty surgery, of course. A deviated septum can cause breathing difficulties. If these breathing difficulties aren’t resolved, they could lead to an increase in other conditions, such as sinus infections or even nosebleeds. Getting a surgical procedure on the septum can help reduce the chance of nasal blockages or other medical issues.
Who are septoplasties suitable for?
Septorhinoplasty is generally not appropriate for younger children whose noses will change as they grow. Beyond that, however, a septorhinoplasty is appropriate for any adult looking to have an adjustment made to their septum.
Can I go home after my septoplasty?
Yes! Septorhinoplasty surgery often uses a general anesthetic, but they’re considered outpatient procedures. That means after a little bit of recovery time at the clinic, you’ll be ready to head home.
How long is the septoplasty recovery?
A septorhinoplasty recovery is similar to that for rhinoplasty patients. Just like during rhinoplasty recovery, you can expect you’ll leave the clinic the same day with splints and gauze. Over the next two to three days, there will be swelling and bruising. You’ll likely need to take it easy for about a week and keep those splints in. The longer-term recovery process could take up to three months as your nose slowly adapts to its new shape.
How do I get a septoplasty in Toronto?
Getting septorhinoplasty is easy. Contact us today to book a consultation! If you have any questions about septoplasty cost, or about the procedure itself, feel free to ask. We’re always happy to help you get the best cosmetic procedures for your unique needs.