What is the difference between septoplasty and rhinoplasty?

What is the difference between septoplasty and rhinoplasty?

I'd like to undergo nose surgery. When I search for information, I come across the terms septoplasty and rhinoplasty. What is the difference between these types of surgeries and when are they used?
Dr Olivier Gerbault  |  Basic member  |  Plastic surgery  |  Vincennes
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A septoplasty addresses a deviated septum and its breathing consequences.
A rhinoplasty deals with lots of aesthetic issues, but a septal straightening is frequently necessary also
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Advanced Plastic Surgery Center  |  Basic member  |  Arlington
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Rhinoplasty or a "nose job" is the surgical procedure that improves the appearance and proportions of the nose, thus enhancing facial balance and harmony. Specifically, rhinoplasty can correct the size, width, and profile of the nose, as well as the nasal tip and nostrils.

Rhinoplasty is performed either using a closed procedure, whereby incisions are hidden inside the nose, or an open procedure, where an incision is made across the columella, the narrow strip of tissue that separates the nostrils. The soft tissues that cover the nose are gently raised through these incisions. This allows exposure of the nasal structures for reshaping. Nasal cartilage can be removed or trimmed, and bone can be filled or broken to alter or reduce the size of the nose. Cartilage or implants can be placed to augment various aspects of the nasal structure. Once the sculpting of the underlying nasal structure is complete, nasal skin and tissue are repositioned and the incisions are closed. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia and usually takes about 3 hours.

The recovery takes one to two weeks. Most people resume their normal activities within two to three weeks. Following surgery, a lightweight external splint is applied to maintain the new shape of the nose and to protect the nasal bones, if they have been fractured and narrowed. This splint is removed within a week. Internal nasal splints may be inserted at the time of surgery to protect the septum. These are removed within a week.

Pain is minimal and is controlled with medications. Most of your bruising and swelling should disappear after 1 to 2 weeks. Any external sutures will be removed approximately 4 to 5 days following surgery, and the splint removed after 1 to 2 weeks.
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M.D. Natasa Popovic  |  Basic member  |  Plastic surgery
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Septoplasty is surgery of reduce your deviation and rhinoplasty is surgery of aesthetic problem and septorhinoplasty is comlete procedure.
Dr. Lucian Fodor PhD  |  Basic member  |  Plastic surgery  |  Cluj Napoca
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Rhinoplasty os used to improve the apearance of the nose and septoplasty is used when we correct the septal deviation. Those two procedures can be done in the same operation.
Dott. Crescenzo D'Onofrio  |  Basic member  |  Plastic surgery  |  Rome Dubai
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The septoplasty is mainly accomplished for nose reconstruction and/or respiratory problems, while rhinoplasy is performed for cosmetics
Dr. Goran Lazović  |  Basic member  |  Plastic surgery  |  Belgrade
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septoplasty - operative correction of the nasal septum. Rhinoplasty - operative correction of the whole external nose, nasal pyramid. in few words...
Dr. Hector Malagon Hidalgo  |  Basic member  |  Plastic surgery  |  Mexico City
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Conventionaly the term septoplasty is used to describe the internal correction of your nasal septum, rhinoplasty describes the modification of how your nose looks.
Dr. Carlos Gonzalez Legarda  |  Premium member  |  Plastic surgery  |  Bogotá
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Septoplasty works only the central septal cartilage, usually if to correct obstructions. Rhinoplasty involve work in the oder nasal cartilages, and bone in many cases. The septoplasty is not aesthetic. The rhinoplasty can be functional or aesthetic, or both.
Dr. Serban Porumb  |  Basic member  |  Oradea
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Rhinoplasty means modifications of the shape of the nose. Septoplasty means modifications of the nasal septum - the wall separating the two nostrils, in order to improve breathing. When it is necessary these 2 procedures should be done together in a single surgery.
Just doing a septoplasty won't modify your nose at all!
Verify your surgeon's experience and skills with both procedure before undergo such a surgery, rhinoplasty is considered the most difficult cosmetic surgery, so pick up your surgeon very carefully, as that is most important!
Alexander Kutubidze  |  Basic member  |  Plastic surgery  |  Tbilisi
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Septoplasty goal is correct airflow function through nose and rhinoplasty - aesthetic appearance.
raj  |  visitor  |  Delhi
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My 17year daughter's nasal septam lower part has become slightly thick and a granular like feature start appearing,which looks more visible when she smile.please let me know what is the treatment for it
Dra. Maria Cristina Picon MD  |  Basic member  |  Plastic surgery  |  Buenos Aires
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I do not understand exactly your answer, if is inside, consult otolaryngologist, if is skin consult a dermatologist.
Dr Sreekar Harinatha  |  Basic member  |  Plastic surgery  |  Bangalore
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Septoplasty is done to correct nasal septal deformity. It can also be a part of rhinoplasty sometimes called septo-rhinoplasty.
Dr. Aram Akopov MD  |  Basic member  |  Plastic surgery  |  Moscow
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Septoplasty is an operation on deviated septum that affects breathing process. Septum- cartilage between to nose airways. Rhynoplasty is often a cosmetic procedure on outer parts of nose: bridge, tip, a lars. In many cases the do combine.

Dr. Akopov
hassanmehmood96  |  visitor  |  Islamabad
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Thanks all Doctors sharing very unique and consistent information about the septoplasty and rhinoplasty?

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