Surgery for Nasal Obstruction? How do you know if Rhinoplasty should be added to Septoplasty? (photo)
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Septoplasty, Rhinoplasty, and Septo-Rhinoplasty
The term Septoplasty is frequently used to describe surgical correction of the nasal septum without addressing the "visible external nose". A Rhinoplasty is often used to describe correction of the external nasal components for either cosmetic or reconstructive purposes. Septo-Rhinoplasty defines the combination of both procedures, which can be misleading. Sometimes the septum has to be corrected in order to address the external form and function of the nose. The opposite holds true as well.
Many of the procedures that alter the shape of the septum and improve nasal airway, can also affect the shape of the nose. Many of the maneuvers that open up the internal nasal valve to improve airflow, can also straighten the nasal vault and effect the overall aesthetic appearance of the nose. The septum and nasal vault are converging components of the nose. Straightening a deviated nasal septum will help straighten a deviated nasal dorsum, and vice versa.
External valve collapse (or nostril collapse) is another cause of nasal airway obstruction. This is usually seen after trauma or a prior rhinoplasty where too much cartilage was removed form the tip (the lower lateral cartilage were over resected).
In the US, most nasal surgeries that get authorized by medical insurance are performed to treat nasal trauma or nasal airway obstruction.
Rhinoplasty unlikely to improve breathing further after septoplasty
Multiple factors contribute to nasal breathing, such as Deviated Septum or Nasal Valve collapse
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