Septoplasty and rhinoplasty in one…
Nowadays, rhinoplasty has been in high demand by men as well as women. Since the central position of the nose on the face significantly affects the facial expression, nose shape defects may cause self-esteem issues. Even if there are no problems with the nose functions and patients do not have to compromise their life comfort due to nasal obstruction, they want to eliminate their concerns about their nose shapes with rhinoplasty. The situation gets a little more complicated for some patients. These patients do not like their nose and cannot breathe properly due to congenital or subsequent deviated septum. At this point, “Septorhinoplasty” comes into play. Septorhinoplasty is evaluated in the classification of functional nasal aesthetics, since this procedure also eliminates nasal septum deviation which prevents healthy breathing in addition to improving the shape of the nose.
What is Septorhinoplasty?
If you are uncomfortable with the shape of your nose when you look in the mirror, and at the same time you cannot breathe due to the septum deviation, i.e. nasal septum deviation, we are able to improve both the shape and the function of your nose with the “Septorhinoplasty” procedure.
Patients can also get rid of cosmetic problems in their noses due to chronic nasal obstruction after septorhinoplasty, which represents that septoplasty and rhinoplasty are performed simultaneously.
“Detailed discussions are held between patients and surgeons before septorhinoplasty, as with all nasal surgeries performed to improve the shape and/or function of the nose. Surgery is planned by evaluating the factors such as the patients’ ages, genders, nose structures and skin structures as well as their expectations regarding their nose shapes. Also, it is necessary to perform facial analysis. Personalized nose is designed in order to provide the best results for patients whose quality of life decreases due to the septum deviation and who want to improve their nose shape. Designing the nose that looks natural, complies with other organs on the person’s face and best suits her/him, increases the satisfaction of patients undergoing a septorhinoplasty.”
What are the Advantages of Septorhinoplasty?
Who are Eligible Candidates for Septorhinoplasty?
Patients whose general health status does not constitute an obstacle for the operation, who are not satisfied with their nose shape, and also experience nasal septum deviation congenitally or due to past trauma are considered eligible for septorhinoplasty. Bone development must be completed in order to perform septorhinoplasty; it is usually completed at the age of 16 in girls and 17 in boys.
Since there will be a change in appearance after septorhinoplasty, the expectations of the patients regarding the operation should be evaluated. When patients do not feel ready for the surgery or do not have realistic expectations, their demands for surgery may be postponed.
How is Septorhinoplasty Performed?
Septorhinoplasty can be performed with open or closed technique as in all nasal surgeries; Piezo technique can also be used during the operation. When choosing the technique for septorhinoplasty, factors such as the size of the patient’s nose changes, the extent of the nasal septum deviation and her/his skin structure should be evaluated.
Healing Process After Septorhinoplasty
Patients should protect their noses from impacts during the process after Septorhinoplasty, where slight bruises and edema may be seen around the nose and eyes. It should not be neglected that the impacts to the nose in the early period may cause the need for revision rhinoplasty.
After septorhinoplasty, patients are recommended to rest for 2-3 days and wait for an average of 7 days to return to work. Actions such as blowing one’s nose, suddenly bending or lifting weight should be avoided within 3 weeks after the operation, as it can increase intracranial pressure and trigger bleeding.
Patients can return to their lives comfortably in a short time when dressing a wound, using cream and sea water recommended by surgeons, and also avoiding smoking and activities that require extreme effort during the post-operative period.