I have a deviated septum, should I get rhinoplasty? (photo)
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Septum Presents Respiratory Concerns, Not Cosmetic
Septoplasty and rhinoplasty are 2 distinct surgeries that treat different elements of the nose and are often performed together. The septum is the cartilage and bony strip inside the nose that separates the 2 nasal chambers. Issues with the septum typically cause difficulty with nasal breathing. Sometimes, irregularities of the nasal septum can cause external changes in the shape of the nose, but the primary focus of septoplasty is improving your nasal airway. I would recommend consulting with a surgeon who is comfortable performing both septal deviation correction and cosmetic rhinoplasty simultaneously. Nose surgery is fine for patients with piercings -- but you will need to remove the ring for your procedure, of course. I hope this helped to clear things up.
I have a deviated septum. Should I get a rhinoplasty?
A deviated septum is only truly diagnosed after examining the inside of the nose. The deviated septum is corrected by a septoplasty. Rhinoplasty on the other hand is the operation that allows the surgeon to correct the shape and size of the nose.
When both procedures are combined, the operation is called a septo-rhinoplasty. You need to consult with a Plastic Surgeon who carries out both procedures on a regular basis.
Rhinoplasty and septoplasty are 2 completely separate operations
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Best wishes and good luck.
Richard G. Reish, M.D.
Harvard-trained plastic surgeon
Should I get a rhinoplasty
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