Breathing function is very dependent on the internal structure of the nose. Septal deviation due to injury or hereditary conditions can prevent breathing through the nostrils and result in discomfort and a disproportionate nose. Many injuries involve the septum, which is the cartilage and bone that separates one’s nostrils.
The primary purpose of a septorhinoplasty is to fix a deviated septum and restore proper breathing function through the nostrils. Because a deviated septum results in a severely arched nose, septorhinoplasty also “straightens” the nasal shape.
A septorhinoplasty involves removing and shaping bent cartilage and bone and shaving the bone into an ideal shape. Incisions are made under the nose or inside the nostril, so scarring will not be visible on the face and will fade in time. Different methods to a septorhinoplasty depend on the extent of the surgery and desired outcome, and will be provided by your surgeon during your consult.
For the first two weeks after surgery, the patient should avoid strenuous activity, large groups of people and hot baths. Although recovery time varies among individuals, patients can expect to resume normal activities within 2-3 weeks after surgery. It may take a few months for swelling to completely settle, although swelling should significantly decrease after the first three weeks.
When to consider a septorhinoplasty:
• Presence of deviated septum
• Normal breathing function must be restored
Other cosmetic procedures that may be performed with a septorhinoplasty include:
• Face lift
• Performed under general anesthesia
• Outpatient procedure