Do you have a deviated septum and want it corrected with a nose job? If so, you’ve likely researched your options for a septoplasty. However, there is more than just one option for reconstructing your nose. Septoplasty and rhinoplasty are often viewed as contradictory nose jobs, but they don’t necessarily need to be mutually exclusive. 

In this article, we’ll look at whether combining septoplasty and rhinoplasty is worth it, but first, it’s important to understand what makes them different. 

Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty

Rhinoplasty vs. septoplasty are both types of nose jobs, the similarities end there. A rhinoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that enhances the appearance of the nose to balance it with the rest of the face. Whether you have a dorsal hump, crooked nose, bulbous tip, or other undesired nose shapes, a rhinoplasty is the procedure that can help. A plastic surgeon removes, adds, or restructures the cartilage and bone inside the nose to reshape its appearance.

Opposing this, a septoplasty is a medical procedure, not a cosmetic one. This nose job corrects a deviated septum, which occurs due to a displacement of the thin wall between your nasal passages. A septoplasty straightens this nasal wall with a small incision inside the nose and the straightening or removal of bone and cartilage.

Can You Have Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty Together?

Despite their procedural differences, combining septoplasty and rhinoplasty into one procedure is possible and even common. These cosmetic procedures complement each other well with many benefits to boast their combination. Below we’ll break down these benefits so you can better understand why this procedure is so popular that it has its own name: septorhinoplasty.

Benefits of Getting Septoplasty with Rhinoplasty

Cost

The cost of plastic surgery often includes fees for time and resources. This means if you combine septoplasty and rhinoplasty into one procedure, you won’t need to pay for the time and resources of a secondary procedure. For example, the following factors influence the cost of your procedure, and you would only need to pay them once instead of twice with a septorhinoplasty.

  • Anesthesiologist Fees
  • Booking the Operation Room
  • Consultations
  • The Surgery Itself

Additionally, septoplasty is often covered by insurance, so you would be getting two procedures at the cost of one.

Safety

Every follow-up nose job comes with risks. That’s why revision rhinoplasty is often regarded as a more complicated procedure than the first. Before any nose job, there are natural separations between your nasal tissues. However, after your first surgery, these nasal tissues have a different structure and are harder to separate for reconstruction. 

Additionally, there will be scar tissue in your nose after your first procedure, which makes your bones weaker and the possibility of complications higher. You reduce possible complications by getting a septorhinoplasty rather than septoplasty and rhinoplasty separately.

Recovery

When you get septoplasty and rhinoplasty at the same time, the recovery time does not stack. This means that the weeks and months that each procedure separately calls for to heal will not become one long recovery time. Instead, the recovery times overlap. After septorhinoplasty, it typically takes around 1-3 weeks to recover and return to regular activities. However, there may be some residual and often near-invisible swelling that could last a year.

Convenience

One of the biggest benefits of combining septoplasty and rhinoplasty is simply convenience. With split procedures, you need to schedule consultations, recover from your first procedure, and do other preliminary steps to a nose job. What could be done on the same day with the same recovery time becomes double and can encompass multiple years of your life.

Septorhinoplasty Procedure

During a septorhinoplasty, the septoplasty part of the procedure typically comes first. Your plastic surgeon will begin with an incision inside the nose on one side of the nasal septum. They will then remove the deviated portion of the septum and return the bone and cartilage in a straight position.

Next is the rhinoplasty part of the procedure. With the incision open, your plastic surgeon will work to reshape the tip, shave down a hump on the septum, or other techniques for your desired appearance. Additional incisions may be necessary, depending on the invasiveness of your procedure. When your plastic surgeon has completed all alterations, they will close up the incisions.

Recovery

As mentioned above, the recovery time of a septoplasty and rhinoplasty don’t stack. Recovery time for a septorhinoplasty is around three weeks, at which point you can return to normal activities like exercise and attending work. However, additional swelling may last a year and is typically located on the nasal tip.

During recovery, you can use ice packs and elevate your head to reduce swelling. Be sure to avoid showers, blowing your nose, smoking, or spicy foods. While strenuous exercise is best avoided until after three weeks, a walk outside can help blood flow and overall healing.

Results

The results of a septorhinoplasty are permanent. You can begin to see your results as the bruising and swelling subside after the first few weeks of recovery. However, as swelling can last months longer, you may not see your final septorhinoplasty result until a year after your cosmetic procedure.

Schedule a Consultation with Elite Facial Plastic Surgery

If you’re ready to combine your septoplasty with a rhinoplasty, or you want more information about septorhinoplasty, your next step is to schedule a consultation. It’s important to find a qualified board-certified surgeon who has experience combining these procedures.

Dr. Dominic Castellano at Elite Facial Plastic Surgery is a double board-certified surgeon with septorhinoplasty experience. He specializes in rhinoplasty and can help provide the medical and cosmetic results you desire.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Dominic about combining septoplasty and rhinoplasty, contact Elite Facial Plastic Surgery in Tampa today.

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