Nose surgery can be categorized between two methods used to correct and improve the shape of the nose, as well as to eliminate breathing difficulties. These two methods are rhinoplasty and septoplasty.
At our clinic, both methods of nasal surgery are performed using the latest technologies and under the supervision of experienced and qualified surgeons.
Who Is A Good Candidate?
Nasal surgery is recommended for people over 18 years of age because they have already formed the bones and cartilage of the nose. The recommended upper threshold for such an operation is forty years of age. After forty years, the recovery period is longer, and recovery is more difficult.
Between the ages of eighteen and forty years, nose surgery is performed only when hereditary imperfections can be eliminated, or defects caused by an injury can be fixed through surgery.
What Is The Success Rate Of Septoplasty?
It is one of the most commonly performed procedures. However, the success rate varies from patient to patient. It can range anywhere from 45% to 85% meaning about 15% of patients fail to see any difference in their relative symptoms after surgery is performed.
Is It Worth Getting A Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a functional surgery; it aims to correct a crooked or deviated septum and restore the obstructed airway. If the deviation is causing only minor symptoms and not affecting the quality of your life or your daily activities surgery may not be required.
However, if the symptoms are acute and are interfering with your everyday tasks, surgery may be worth it. Most patients who opt for surgery report positive changes in their lives. Their breathing significantly improved, and this positively impacted their quality of life.
Differences Between Rhinoplasty And Septoplasty:
Rhinoplasty is performed to change the appearance of the patient’s nose and to eliminate other imperfections. It allows you to completely reshape the nose to achieve your desired result.
Septoplasty can correct a deviated nasal septum caused by various reasons, for example, congenital curvature, curvature due to abnormal development of the body, and curvature caused by trauma.
Septoplasty is prescribed by the surgeon for medicinal purposes; it is not an aesthetic plastic surgery, but a necessary intervention. Septoplasty is indicated for respiratory problems, persistent sore throat, repeated nosebleeds, snoring, frequent colds, and sinusitis.
Rhinoplasty And Septoplasty Procedure:
Rhinoplasty can be opened or closed. I may be required to use general or local anesthesia during surgery.
Open rhinoplasty is used to correct complicated nose defects. The plastic surgeon makes incisions on the outside of the nose, located between the nostrils. Then he works with the cartilage of the nose. After the procedure, a small thin scar remains, which will disappear after a short period of time.
Closed rhinoplasty is used more often to correct the nose. With the help of the operation, you can correct external imperfections and correct the shape of the nose. After the procedure, no scars or marks remain. An incision is made in the nasal cavity, and then all actions are carried out blindly.
Six months after the procedure, the patient can fully enjoy the effect of the surgery.
The duration of a septoplasty is directly related to the complexity of the operation and the degree of curvature of the septum. The effect is visible already two to three months after the procedure.
Septoplasty takes place in several stages:
The surgeon anesthetizes the affected area with local anesthesia.
- Makes an incision
- Exfoliates soft tissue
- Moves cartilage and bone fragments to straighten the septum
- Places stitches in the incision area
- Stitches may be needed to hold the septum and membrane in place
- Packing the nose with cotton is sometimes enough to keep them in position
What is the fastest way to recover from septoplasty?
After the rhinoplasty surgery, the patient typically spends 1-2 days under observation in the hospital. The stitches are removed after 10-12 days. It will be possible to appreciate the complete result of the operation in 6-12 months. During this period, it is better to avoid the following:
- Going to a sauna, for tanning or massage
- Drinking alcohol, coffee, and hot and cold drinks
- Wearing contact lenses
- Physical exercise
During the recovery period, the doctor will maintain contact with the patient and give all the necessary recommendations to speed up the recovery so that the patient can return to their normal life as quickly as possible.