Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty: What’s the Difference?

Septoplasty Nashville

It’s not surprising that a number of patients who come from around here in Nashville to have their nose sculpted to be more aesthetically pleasing also need surgery to correct their septum, which is the bone and cartilage wall that separates their nasal airway into two sides.

A normal septum is straight and divides the nasal airway into two equal sides. However, many people have a crooked, or deviated, nasal septum that causes partial obstruction of the airway on one, or both, sides. A deviated nasal septum may result from traumatic injury, or may simply be the result of abnormal development. Sometimes the septum is so crooked that it causes breathing problems, but often the patient doesn’t realize it because they’ve been breathing that way so long. In addition to breathing problems, a deviated nasal septum can increase the risk for nose bleeds and sinus infections, and may also cause headaches or facial pain.

Individuals that have a deviated septum may need septoplasty surgery to repair their septum. At the same time, they may opt for a rhinoplasty to reshape the nose. A consultation at Youthful Reflections can help you choose which type of surgery is best for your desired outcome.

  • Rhinoplasty is performed for cosmetic or functional reasons to reshape the nose.
  • Septoplasty surgery corrects a deviated septum to restore or create a more normal breathing function.
  • Septorhinoplasty is a procedure that combines both a rhinoplasty for cosmetic or functional reasons and septoplasty to correct a deviated septum.

Septoplasty is usually performed for functional reasons and is covered by most insurance policies, but rhinoplasty is typically considered a cosmetic procedure and is usually not covered.

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