Do you have trouble breathing through your nose? Do you snore at night? Is there something you would like to change cosmetically about your nose? Rhinoseptoplasty, also known as septorhinoplasty, is a nose job procedure that makes cosmetic changes while helping realign a malformed nasal septum. Aesthetic concerns are addressed with rhinoplasty, septoplasty addresses deviated septum or nasal septum issues that can cause breathing issues. Rhinoseptoplasty is a combination of both surgical techniques, enabling patients to undergo cosmetic and functional changes simultaneously, resulting in one recovery period.
Dr. Jules Walters of Walters Plastic Surgery is a board-certified plastic surgeon who provides his surgical experience and expertise to patients in the New Orleans, LA area. Men and women dissatisfied with the shape or size of their nose, who are also dealing with breathing issues, can consider tackling these concerns with one surgery. Here is a more in-depth look at rhinoseptoplasty and how Dr. Walters can help.
What is septoplasty?
Septoplasty helps to improve how a person breathes through their nose. It involves operating on the internal structure to correct septum deformities or other structural issues due to genetics or injury. The nasal septum is the cartilage and bone inside the nose structure that separates the nostrils. A septoplasty is typically performed on individuals with the following:
- Crooked or deviated nasal septum
- Nasal valve insufficiency that doesn't allow for proper breathing by opening and closing
- Sleep apnea or consistent snoring at night
- An issue with recurring nosebleeds
- Oversized turbinates, which keep the nose moist when breathing
- Nasal polyps or growths that can impede proper breathing
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that can straighten the bone and cartilage that divides the space between the nostrils (septum). A bent nasal bone or a deviated septum can make it difficult to breathe and even increase the risk of sinus infections due to poor drainage. A deviated septum and sinus pressure can go hand in hand for certain patients with this issue, which a septoplasty can alleviate. A septoplasty straightens the septum area by repositioning, trimming, and replacing bone or cartilage to effectively correct the inner nasal structure to help patients breathe better.
What is rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is one of the most common surgical procedures performed today in this country and it can fix a range of cosmetic issues. For aesthetic reasons, men and women have rhinoplasty to:
- Reduce or enlarge the size of the nostrils
- Reshape the bridge of the nose, recontour the nose, or remove a bump
- Narrow the width of the bridge area
- Change the size and shape of the nasal tip
- Adjust the angle between the mouth and nose
- Create more balance with the nose and other facial features
- Improve their profile
At each consultation, Dr. Walters uses Vectra 3D imaging, enabling patients to see potential changes to the size and shape of their nose before surgery. Patients are able to see virtual cosmetic changes to their nose and make any changes with Dr. Walters to achieve the right aesthetic outcome.
What is rhinoseptoplasty?
A rhinoseptoplasty is a procedure that combines septoplasty and rhinoplasty techniques to allow patients to combine both procedures in one surgery, which, in turn, means one recovery. New Orleans, LA patients with cosmetic and functional needs can consider this surgical procedure to feel better about their nose and breathe better. Rhinoseptoplasty usually takes 1 – 3 hours under general anesthetic for completion and will vary by patient. Patients will be closely monitored for the first few hours after surgery, while resting comfortably in recovery before returning home the same day. Follow-up appointments with Dr. Walters will be required to ensure a patient's rhinoseptoplasty recovery stays on track in the weeks and months following surgery.
There are many factors to consider when choosing rhinoseptoplasty. The most important is surgical care. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jules Walters specializes in rhinoplasty procedures. If you have a functional and cosmetic need for your nose surgery, a rhinoseptoplasty offers one surgical procedure and one recovery period. With help from a surgeon, like Dr. Walters, you can reshape, correct, and enhance your nose so you not only look better but can breathe better as well.
If you live in the greater New Orleans, LA area and have additional questions about this type of surgical procedure, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Jules Walters at Walters Plastic Surgery in Metairie, LA today.