Septorhinoplasty Overview

Septorhinoplasty is a surgical procedure also known as a nose job which improves the appearance of the nose and improves how you breath through your nose. Rhinoplasty surgery involves operating on the cartilage and the bones that give your nose its structure and shape. Septoplasty surgery involves making your septum straight.  
If you have a deviated septum which would cause a blocked nose and affect your breathing, you may only need a septoplasty. If your nose is blocked due to a crooked or damaged nose, rhinoplasty and septoplasty is generally the only option to improve the appearance and to improve your breathing through the nose.  

This type of surgery is performed under general anesthetic. Like every surgical procedure, there are risks involved. Your surgeon will discuss all the benefits and risks involved in your consultation appointment prior to your surgery date.
The operation generally takes 1 to 2 hours.  
A deviated septum may be present from birth or can be developed after a serious injury. It can worsen with age also. If you have a deviated septum, this can cause mild to severe nasal obstruction and in some cases prevents airflow through nasal passages. While there are many treatments that can provide temporary relief of symptoms, only septorhinoplasty surgery can resolve a deviated septum permanently.   

Recovery and self-care

After your surgery, your nose will start the healing process. Your nose may have been packed; this will be removed the next morning. It is important to stay off work and away from any groups of people for at least two weeks to avoid getting an infection. Avoid any activities that could injure your nose. Do not have a hot bath, exercise, or bend down for at least 2 weeks. Avoid getting your nose wet while washing or cleaning your face.  
Swelling to the nose and face is common after surgery. It can increase your pain and slow your healing process. The swelling may take weeks or months to go away after the surgery so be patient. Doing the following can help reduce the swelling: 
  • Use an ice pack  
  • Sleep and rest your head raised above your body and feet  
  • Avoid bending over  
It is important to remember it can take many months for your nose to settle and for its final results to appear. 

Benefits of Septorhinoplasty  
  • Improve the appearance of a crooked nose  
  • Improve snoring  
  • Improves breathing and relieves nasal blockages  
  • Changes the nose shape and creates balance  
  • Achieves both functional and cosmetic improvements 
  • Birth defect: whether you have a lump, bulbous tip, or underdeveloped nose, surgery can help 
You should have realistic expectations about the final results. Always expect improvement and not perfection.