Septoplasty, Rhinoplasty or none? (Photo)
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Septoplasty, rhinoplasty or none?
A septoplasty is performed in the back of the nose to improve airflow dynamics, and is done for medical necessity. A septoplasty will not change the shape of the nose. A rhinoplasty is performed to change the shape of the nose, such as narrowing the tip, straightening the bridge line and reducing a dorsal hump. Both procedures can be performed simultaneously. A septoplasty is billed to the patient's medical insurance once pre-authorization and medical necessity have been documented. A rhinoplasty must be paid for by the patient. For more information about the differences between the two procedures, please see the video below
Options for Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty.
Many patients who suffer with nasal airway obstruction from a deviated nasal septum benefit from correction of the obstruction with a septoplasty. Naturally, septoplasty for the inside of the nose does not address any cosmetic concerns. Also best not to manipulate your nose even in without surgery, as some damage may occur. For cosmetic changes, a rhinoplasty procedure is often combined at the same time and allows the patient the opportunity to improve the shape and appearance of the nose. Consult with a trusted Facial Plastic Surgery specialist for recommendations. Nice profile and front view enhancements could be considered and in an experienced surgeon's hands, you could expect attractive results.
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