Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty: Which is Right for You?

Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty: Which is Right for You?

Although they are both nose procedures, rhinoplasty and septoplasty are two different surgeries that address separate needs. Here, we will compare the two to examine what each procedure entails and which is best for your goals.

Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty

A rhinoplasty, or a nose job, is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries available. The procedure is more cosmetic if the two performed to address nasal asymmetry and improve proportions of the nose for a more balanced facial appearance. People often choose rhinoplasty for the following reasons:

  • Enhance facial symmetry
  • Correct a birth defect or sinus issue
  • Improve breathing.

Patients who choose a rhinoplasty procedure frequently display one or more of the following characteristics:

  • Nasal bridge is too low or too high
  • Nostrils are too wide a flaring
  • Nose is crooked, long, or upturned
  • Hump on nose
  • Nose is too wide or narrow

Meanwhile, a septoplasty is more of a corrective surgery that is performed to correct a deviated septum. The septum is the bone and cartilage that divides the nostrils. When the septum has deviated, it blocks one side of the nose, thus cutting off airflow and making it more difficult to breathe. A deviated septum can also cause nasal dryness, which leads to crusting and even bleeding.

During this procedure, the surgeon repositions and straighten the septum. They may also trim or replace nasal cartilage or bone.

Which is Right for You?

After reading the above information, you likely have a better idea of the procedure that best meets your needs. Generally, a rhinoplasty procedure is best suited for patients looking to improve their appearance, while a septoplasty is focused on correcting a deviated septum.

That being said, you can take any remaining guesswork out of the decision by booking a consultation with a skilled facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Horn helps patients devise the right plan to achieve their desired results.

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