Nose Job : What is septorhinoplasty?

Your nose is pivotal, both to your health as well as your overall appearance.

While a crooked or bulbous nose can negatively affect your self-confidence, it can also cause serious breathing problems. A surgery called septorhinoplasty is quickly gaining popularity as a procedure that can be used to both fix and reshape your nose. Here, surgeons from the ENT department at Vikram Hospital Bengaluru answer questions about this path-breaking procedure.

What is septorhinoplasty?

Septorhinoplasty is a surgery to fix both your nose and your nasal septum – a procedure combining septoplasty and rhinoplasty

Septoplasty is the surgical process of fixing a deviated septum, which occurs when the cartilage that separates your nostrils is out of position.  This procedure helps patients breathe with comfort using both nostrils even during episodes of cold or extreme temperatures. Septoplasty also improves other functions of the nose including filtration, humidification and temperature regulation of the air you breathe in, apart from also enhancing your sense of smell.

In rhinoplasty, the shape, size and contours of your nose are surgically altered to aesthetically enhance your appearance.

Who can benefit from a procedure like septorhinoplasty?

Anybody with a crooked, deviated or bent nose, patients with a dosal hump in their nose or polly beak deformity and people with a bulbous, overtly inverted or everted nose tip, or those with a very small or large nose that is disproportionate to their face can benefit from septorhinoplasty.  Additionally patients who are suffering from breathing problems including nasal congestion, breathlessness on mild exertion, impeded sense of taste, snoring and obstructive sleep apnea will find relief after undergoing this procedure.

What are the different types of septorhinoplasty?

Your surgeon will help evaluate the method of septorhinoplasty that is best for you.
In open septorhinoplasty, a small surgical cut is made on the columella, the tissue separating the nostrils at the base of your nose. After this, the skin of the nose is lifted and the procedure is done. Closed endoscopic septorhinoplasty, is a minimally invasive technique where the procedure is done with an endoscope.

What is the minimum age to undergo this procedure?

Females should be 16 years or older while males should be 18 or older, since it’s important that all physical growth is completed before undergoing this procedure.

How long will this surgery take and what is the duration of hospital stay?

Typically, a septorhinoplasty could take between two to three hours and will require one day of hospitalisation, followed by five days of rest.

How painful is this procedure?

Septorhinoplasty is usually done under general anaesthesia and hence the procedure itself is painless. There will be a little discomfort and pain for five days after the surgery, which can be dealt with using pain medication.

Who is best equipped to perform this surgery

Septorhinoplasty requires a combination of high precision and skills. While shortlisting a surgeon for this procedure, choose an ENT surgeon with both keen interest and specialised training in this procedure as well as somebody who has considerable experience in this field.

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