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    What Is The Difference Between A Rhinoplasty And Septoplasty?

    What Is The Difference Between A Rhinoplasty And Septoplasty?The nose is the most noticeable facial feature. It performs another essential task to control breathing and airflow. Several visible deformities of the nose are ties to internal issues in some cases. The two major nasal surgical procedures are septoplasty and rhinoplasty. Septoplasty is concerned with addressing internal abnormalities while rhinoplasty improves the outward appearance.

    Proven board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian provides nose reshaping surgery to patients in Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA, and surrounding communities. 

    What is Rhinoplasty?

    Rhinoplasty nose reshaping plastic surgery is generally performed only for cosmetic reasons. The nose is a complex facial feature and unique to every individual. Rhinoplasty depends on your nasal structure and the way it appears to the rest of the facial features. You cannot picture the perfect nose without these factors. Conservation is an important factor with rhinoplasty as compared to other cosmetic surgery procedures for preserving a natural look. 

    Rhinoplasty can be useful in improving the quality of your life if you are self-conscious about the way your nose appears. It can boost your overall confidence. With that said, it’s vital that you speak freely with your surgeons about expectations and what you are hoping to correct. 

    What is Septoplasty?

    Septum is the wall separating the nostrils or nasal passage. It directs airflow and supports the nose. Septum is made of a thin bone and cartilage. Deviated septum occurs when the bone or cartilage is not straight. This condition may cause sleep apnea, difficulty breathing, and snoring. 

    Many patients get a septoplasty performed for straightening the septum and improving breathing. The septum is lined by a layer of soft tissue called nasal mucosa. The surgeon makes an incision to separate the nasal mucosa from the cartilage and bone. The surgeon then eliminates a portion of the bent cartilage or straightens it to correct the deviated septum before draping the mucosa back over the cartilage. 

    Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty – Which is Right for You?

    You should consult with a skilled facial plastic surgeon if you are unsure between rhinoplasty and septoplasty. You may need a septoplasty with elements of rhinoplasty if you have a deviated septum and a visibly crooked nose that affects your breathing. This will help in correcting both aesthetic and functional concerned in a combined procedure. 

    Septoplasty is mainly concerned with leaving the external shape of the nose untouched. Furthermore, a dorsal hump, bulbous nasal tip and other aesthetic concerns can be addressed during a septoplasty. Both procedures are performed under general anesthesia. In accumulation of all of this, an experienced surgeon may perform the surgery under local anesthesia with intravenous sedation if only minor things need correcting. 

    It doesn’t take more than a few hours to perform the cosmetic surgery procedure. Generally, rhinoplasty and septoplasty are both performed as outpatient procedures. Whether you get a rhinoplasty or a septoplasty performed, you should be prepared to spend at least 5 to 7 days away from work. It may take a few weeks for swelling to completely resolve.

    Accomplished facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian receives patients from Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank, Greater Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, CA and nearby areas for nose job and septoplasty procedures.

    Contact Us For a Consultation with Southern California Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eric Yavrouian

    For more information about treatments and procedures by Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Eric J. Yavrouian, serving patients in and around Glendale, Pasadena, Burbank and the Greater Los Angeles, CA area call 818-241-2150 or click here to contact him for a consultation.

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