Septorhinoplasty – Procedure, Recovery & Risks
Septorhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct both nose and the nasal septum. It is a combination of the following two surgeries;
Septoplasty corrects deviated septum and nasal obstruction, usually related to breathing. Not only that it removes obstruction, but it can also improve the appearance of the nose.
Rhinoplasty changes the shape of the nose. This is typically done to correct physical nose injuries. It is also popular among people who want to make their nose look better. During the rhinoplasty procedure bones and cartilages are modified.
Benefits of Septorhinoplasty
Septorhinoplasty can help with:
- The physical appearance of a crooked nose by correcting bent or deviated septum.
- Breathing by reliving nasal blockages.
- Sleep apnea and reduce snoring.
- Balance of nose and other facial features.
- Self-confidence and increase happiness by ones appearance.
If you are concerned with your physical appearance, have crooked nose or trouble breathing chances are you might be a good candidate for septorhinoplasty surgery.
It is important to be in as good of a physical health as possible.
Age is also important. You should be fully grown before undergoing septorhinoplasty.
On average girls stop growing around the age of 16 years old. Boys stop growing when they are about 18 years of age.
Last, but maybe the most important point, is that you should be realistic about the results of septorhinoplasty surgery.
Expectations and results are two different things. It is very important to find the right balance between the two in order to have successful procedure.
The procedure is a combination of Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty.
The septorhinoplasty procedure starts with the thorough discussion of the patient’s expectations and goals.
Discussion is an important part of surgical planning.
Your doctor will want to complete all preoperative laboratory studies before the procedure to ensure your well being before and after the surgery.
As with most other surgical procedures avoid eating food at least 6 hours before the surgery.
Depending on the complexity of the septorhinoplasty, the surgery might take anywhere between 30 minutes and 2 hours.
The septorhinoplasty is done under full anesthesia in an outpatient surgical center facility or a hospital and it requires full assistance during and after the surgery day.
The procedure is performed through nose and in most cases there is no external incision. However, that depends on the type of surgery.
There may be some occasions where a small cut is required under the nose; this is called an External Rhinoplasty/Septorhinoplasty surgery. This will cause:
- Small scar under your nose.
- Numbness on the tip of the nose after the procedure might occur and can take some time to return to normal.
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During the septorhinoplasty recovery your nose will feel congested and blocked.
You will also experience swelling around your nose.
The discoloration around your eyes may be visible.
This is all due to the normal healing process and should not be concerning to you in any way.
Some bloodstained discharge from your nose is expected and can last a couple of days.
Avoid blowing your nose for the first 4 days as it may cause bleeding and in some cases even remove nose dressing. Gently whipping and dabbing should do the trick.
Try using steam inhalator to ease the pressure.
Expect to stay in the clinic/hospital over night for observations, if everything goes well you will be discharged the following day.
It’s normal to feel the pain during the Septorhinoplasty recovery period.
Your doctor will prescribe you pain medication. An example of a pain medication would be Tylenol (Acetaminophen).
Do not take any non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) days prior and post-surgery.
Avoid Aspirin (Acetylsalicylic acid) for 10 days as it can contribute to additional bleeding.
- Take at least two weeks off work after septorhinoplasty. Your doctor can usually certify your first 7 days. You have to make your own arrangements for the remainder of that two week period.
- Avoid extreme physical activity and obtain more rest than usual.
- When washing your face avoid getting your nose dressing wet.
- When brushing your teeth be gentle and always use a soft toothbrush.
- Find someone to wash your hair for you the first week after your surgery.
- Take tub baths only and do not shower.
- Keep your dressing dry when bathing.
Contact Your Doctor if:
- You feel sick to your stomach or want to throw up.
- You have chills or fever.
- In case of increased eye discharge or redness, swelling and itchiness.
- You have any questions or concerns, including your condition, medication, or care.
Seek Help Immediately if:
- You have trouble breathing.
- The bleeding does not stop.
- Your incision gets infected, becomes swollen, red, or has pus.
- Stitches start coming apart.
One important risk to understand before deciding whether or not you should do the septorhinoplasty surgery is that one procedure might not be enough.
If you are not fully satisfied with the results second surgery might be an option.
Other risks include:
- Decreased sense of smell
- Discoloration of the nose
- Septum perforation – hole opens up in the septum
- Death – although rare death is always possible and it’s mostly due to how patient reacts to anesthesia
Septorhinoplasty cost can vary greatly.
The cost of septorhinoplasty does not only depend on the doctor that is doing the procedure but also on the region of the country you live in.
The insurance company will cover the cost of septoplasty. If you wish to do rhinoplasty you will have to pay out of pocket. I have not found one insurance company that will pay for cosmetic surgery.
From the research that I have done the price range for rhinoplasty is anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. This really depends on your location and doctors fees.
If you decide to do septorhinoplasty the best way to reduce the cost is to simply look for or ask for the discount from your doctor.
Doctors, like all other services do offer discounts from time to time and no one said you can’t try to bargain with them.
Always ask for a discount!!!
Doctors need your business, they will work out a deal with you to reduce your septorhinoplasty cost.
- Definition – what is it and how it differs from rhinoplasty.
- Benefits of Septorhinoplasty – what you can expect from septorhinoplasty and how it will benefit you.
- Septorhinoplasty cost– the cost depends on the surgeon and your geographic location.
- Who should have it – are you the right candidate?
- Septorhinoplasty Procedure– step by step.
- Septorhinoplasty Recovery – Self care and what to watch for.
- Risk and Safety – understanding what can go wrong and how to minimize the chance of that happening.
- Consultation – Pre-surgery chat with your doctor.