Rhinoplasty Versus Septoplasty

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in Hollywood. Just a few hours in the operating room and you go out with a sleeker nose or a better profile. The procedure has also become less controversial than before; with more people now open to telling others that they had work done. There are those who want the procedure done because they want their nose to be more in proportion with the rest of their face, while others need to have a septoplasty to remove obstructions, which can affect breathing.

According to plastic surgeon Jeffrey R. Marcus MD of the American College of Surgeons and American Academy of Pediatrics, rhinoplasty is the third most common plastic surgery procedure in the United States, right at the heels of breast augmentation and liposuction. However, a rhinoplasty tops the list among the cosmetic procedures performed on teens aged 13 to 19. Despite the numbers, surgeons say that this is actually one of the most challenging plastic surgery procedures. The challenge lies in the complex structure of the nose and its aesthetic significance in relation to the rest of the face.

Reasons for Getting Rhinoplasty Versus Septoplasty

If you suffer from a nasal obstruction that is disrupting your breathing, you may need what is called a septoplasty. Nasal obstructions can vary according to cause. There could be the presence of a deviated septum, enlarged turbinates or mucosal folds and the narrowing of the nasal vaults or the walls of the nose especially when a person inhales. A deviated septum is the strip of cartilage that divides the nasal chambers into two. In some people, the septum may be situated more to the left or to the right, obstructing the flow of air on that side and causing some discomfort in breathing. Mucosal folds can enlarge during an allergic reactions and a septoplasty can help relieve this effect to avoid dramatic obstructions when a person experiences allergic reactions. Narrowing of nasal vaults can occur in times when a person engages in intense physical exertion and can be remedied with surgery. This happens frequently among athletes, which is why you see many sports players wear an adhesive strip over their noses to prevent the walls of their noses from being sucked inwards when they breathe.
When a patient comes in for a rhinoplasty, the surgeon takes a number of factors into account such as the presence of the nose in relation to the rest of the face, symmetry, and how to alter the shape of the nose and keep a natural appearance. Surgeons also have to consider ethnic factors so that they can create a reconstruction of the nose according to the wishes of the patient without removing the ethnic beauty that is characteristic of a given race.

How to a Choose Your Surgeon
Choose a surgeon who specializes on the nose such as a board certified plastic surgeon. It is also important to look at the facility, get a feel for the staff, and ask questions. It is also important to view before and after pictures of past patients.