What Is A Deviated Septum & Can Rhinoplasty Help?
LEARN MORE ABOUT RHINOPLASTY PROCEDURES
A deviated septum describes cartilage and sometimes bone within the nose which are off-centre and occlude breathing somewhat. Sometimes people who have a deviated septum don’t experience any complications and others have severe breathing difficulty.
We often hear the term, ‘rhinoplasty’ when discussing repair of a crooked or blocked nose. Sometimes people will state, ‘I had a nose job, but just to correct breathing.’
Here’s the truth about the procedure used to correct nasal septums; it’s not what you think.
What’s The Difference Between Rhinoplasty & Septoplasty?
For purely functional nose corrections, it will be a septoplasty, rather than its more commonly known relative, that you undergo. This technique repositions cartilage and bone and may also require removal of tissue. The two nostrils are cleared to breathe freely, and the septum positioned firmly between them. Though it is possible that the appearance of the nose could change slightly after a septoplasty, this is not the intended goal, and most often, the nose appears the same once healed.
Conversely, rhinoplasty is designed to change the appearance of the nose. Whether to alter the size, shape or specific characteristics, if the goal is cosmetic, that’s the operation you want. During the procedure, small incisions are placed inside the nostrils, and a may also be required at the base of the columella between them. These typically heal to be invisible.
Septoplasty is considered to be medically necessary and typically covered by medical insurance plans, whereas a nose job done for purely aesthetic reasons will not be.
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