Septo-Rhinoplasty is kind of complex Rhinoplasty which involves a combination of two popular process of nose job i.e. the septoplasty and Rhinoplasty. The aim of septo- Rhinoplasty is to give the patient the benefit of two in one.
A nose job is one of the most clinically challenging processes in the field of plastic surgery. Not every plastic surgeon is equipped to perform a septoplasty and a Rhinoplasty. A surgeon qualified and especially trained in various techniques for the form and function of nose can only give you the desired results. That being said one of the most prime considerations of any kind of Rhinoplasty surgery is the patient’s desire for change.
What is the difference between septoplasty and Rhinoplasty?
Since septo-Rhinoplasty is a complex Rhinoplasty it means that a marriage of both processes should be done successfully. A septoplasty is a process to correct the deviated septum inside the nose. The deviated septum can cause many problems for the patient such as problems in breathing, congestion in the nose, uncomfortable functions of the nasopharynx etc. therefore in most of the cases septoplasty becomes an essential process rather than something that is just aesthetically needed.
Rhinoplasty on the other hand can help correct both the form and function of the nose. There are many techniques that are used in Rhinoplasty to correct various deformities of the nose and augmentation of the nasal area. These include correcting the length of the nose, width of the nose, nostril width, bump on the nose, crooked nose, droopy or too pointed tip etc. Rhinoplasty can be done for one particular problem or can be done to correct various problems in one go.
Since this procedure is a combination of two surgeries, it will take slightly longer to perform (up to 3 to 4 hours). During initial consultations, the surgeon will advise you on the pre and post-operative care you must observe. He or she will also discuss with you the changes that will be done to your nose and through computer imaging you will be able to see the difference in your face. Take prior appointment for the surgery and make sure that you take the day off from work and home.
Septoplasty is performed from inside the nostrils and therefore there are no external incisions. Whereas, in Rhinoplasty, there might be some external incisions required depending on the approach the surgeon is taking and the area that has to be augmented.
The surgeon will first cut the tissue that covers the septum cartilage and then the cartilage is modified as needed. During the surgery, as the cartilage is removed, the surgeon will also be able to observe any deformities in the bone or any other irregularity with the nose and the same can be treated simultaneously. During the surgery the septum is reshaped, removed and even reinserted in the nose. Rhinoplasty part of the surgery will at the same time give the surgeon the leverage to use existing incisions and re-drape the skin over the framework of the nose. Splints might be placed inside the nose to provide it the support needed for the incisions to heal and maintain the shape of the nose.
Post Septo-Rhinoplasty Care
Post the surgery it is quite common for the patient to feel nasal congestion, drainage, headaches and even numbness in the nasal area. These problems go away in a week or two. However the following care should be always taken:
- Do not let anyone bump in to your nose or even touch it
- Do not pick or blow the nose till your surgeon okays you to do so
- Do not undertake any activities that involve any kind of strain
- Wear clothing that does not require to be pulled over the head
- Do not wear contact lens
- Avoid facial movements
- Sleep with your head and feet elevated
- Follow the medications religiously
A successful septo-Rhinoplasty will not only help you breathe better but also augment your nose to suit your facial features.