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Do I need rhinoplasty or septoplasty?

Dr. Philip Miller

November 30, 2022

Noses can have a range of issues that patients want corrected. Septoplasty and rhinoplasty are two common surgical procedures used to correct various nasal abnormalities. Despite being similar in name, the two procedures are actually quite different. A septoplasty focuses on the internal structure of the septum to correct functionality, while a rhinoplasty focuses more on the outer appearance and aesthetics of the nose.

While both procedures are centered around the nose, each method has a designated goal and outcome that can provide patients with a better-looking and functioning nose. Do you need rhinoplasty or septoplasty? Take a look:

Rhinoplasty vs septoplasty: what’s the difference?

Septoplasty is a common procedure to correct breathing problems, and rhinoplasty is used to correct aesthetic features like nose shape and size. Septoplasty is used to correct septal deviations. The septum is the cartilage that separates the nasal passages. When this cartilage shifts to the side, known as a deviated septum, it can affect your ability to breathe easily and lead to nasal blockages and frequent nosebleeds. Septoplasty realigns the septum to achieve symmetry in the nasal cavities and improve nasal function. 

A rhinoplasty, also known as a nose job or nose reshaping surgery, is used to improve the appearance of the nose. Many patients feel the shape or size of the nose detracts from other facial features, and a nose job can make minor changes or reconstruct an entire nose to make it fit harmoniously with other facial features. It is a highly complex procedure that can be personalized to fit each patient’s desires and aesthetic beauty goals.

While they have their differences, septoplasty and rhinoplasty are both surgical procedures that require the care and expertise of a board-certified facial plastic surgeon. It is critical to work with a surgeon that has years of experience to ensure your results are seamless and natural.

When to choose rhinoplasty?

Although rhinoplasty is a popular cosmetic procedure, it is not for everyone. You may be a candidate for rhinoplasty if you:

  • Are in good overall health
  • Want to improve facial balance
  • Have an irregularity like a bulbous tip
  • Want to address ethnic nose characteristics

A rhinoplasty can address many irregularities, including:

  • Size of the nose
  • Shape of the nasal tip
  • Wide or narrow nostrils
  • Angle of the nose
  • Nose and upper lip that are too close together
  • Hooked or crooked nose
  • Hump or bump
  • Nose asymmetry
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When to choose septoplasty?

You may be a candidate for septoplasty if you experience:

  • Excessive snoring
  • Sleep apnea
  • Recurrent sinusitis
  • Breathing difficulties
  • Respiratory complaints
  • Deviated septum due to injury or trauma

Septoplasty has many benefits associated with clearing the nasal passage, including:

  • Uninterrupted breathing patterns
  • Better sleep
  • Improved airflow
  • Self-maintained airways and drainage passageways
  • Reduced sinus infections
  • Improved smell and taste

Can I get rhinoplasty with septoplasty at the same time?

Yes, rhinoplasty with septoplasty is a common surgical combination. Having rhinoplasty and septoplasty at the same time is a popular choice for patients in need of improved functionality and appearance. It allows you to receive the best of both worlds – the improved breathing offered by septoplasty while adjusting cosmetic irregularities like a hump or bulbous tip. It is safe and effective to correct all issues with one procedure to reduce recovery time and ensure all changes are cohesive.

Your expert facial plastic surgeon should comprehensively evaluate your needs to determine if you need septoplasty and rhinoplasty procedures to achieve your desired results and eliminate any functional issues you might have. There are several benefits to having the procedures done together, such as:

  • One surgical cost
  • One recovery time
  • Convenience
  • Possible insurance coverage for the septoplasty portion of the procedure
  • Better outcomes aesthetically and functionally

Septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgeon in New York

Philip J. Miller, MD, FACS, is a world-renowned plastic surgeon who is double board-certified in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery of the head and neck. He has more than 20 years of experience with facial plastic surgery and is considered a leading expert in rhinoplasty and facial rejuvenation. He is a highly acclaimed surgeon offering custom treatment plans to help patients meet their aesthetic goals.

Dr. Miller uses the NatraLook® process, an enriching experience that allows patients to explore their confidence in a safe and supportive environment. He creates a unified vision with patients by discussing their personal desires and obstacles. Contact us to schedule a consultation and learn more about septoplasty and rhinoplasty. 

Dr. Philip Miller

Focusing exclusively on the face for more than two decades, double-board certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Philip Miller blends art and science with innovation and skill to provide thousands of patients with impeccable results. He is known for pioneering the NatraLook methodology for rhinoplasty, facelifts, neck lifts, and other cosmetic procedures for the face.

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