An ill-shaped nose can bring both embarrassment and damage to your self-esteem. Rhinoplasty, often known as a nose job, can reshape and enhance the appearance of the nose by adding, removing, or sculpting cartilage and bone. Because nose insecurities have often persisted since childhood, rhinoplasty can provide some of the most dramatic and appreciated transformations. However, plastic surgery performed on the nose can bring much more than just an aesthetically pleasing profile and enhanced confidence; it can also improve the function of the nose.
Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty
Surgeries to the nose fall into two categories: rhinoplasty and septoplasty. Although they are often lumped together, there is a distinct difference between these two. While rhinoplasty focuses strictly on the aesthetic side (removing nasal humps, adjusting nostril width, etc.), septoplasty is designed to improve the functionality of the nose and a crooked appearance. During septoplasty, a deviated septum is corrected by straightening the nasal septum and, if necessary, removing any excess cartilage that may be obstructing the function of the nose. Sometimes, a septoplasty is needed in addition to the rhinoplasty to correct a crooked nose even if there are no problems breathing. Dr. Chin prefers to do both of the procedures together. During the consultation, Dr. Chin will use the VECTRA® XT device to take a computerized photograph of you and “morph” or simulate your nose into a shape that is pleasing to you so you can see what your new nose may look like after surgery.
What Is a Deviated Septum?
A deviated septum occurs when the nasal septum (the thin piece of bone and cartilage that divides your two nostrils) is not evenly aligned. This displacement, therefore, makes one of your nasal passages smaller than the other and brings with it a host of other complications, the most difficult being the obstruction of airflow to one side of your nose. Additional complications that arise from a deviated septum are frequent nosebleeds or facial pain, being a noisy breather, having problems sleeping, and recurring sinus infections. While a deviated septum can be the result of an injury, such as a car accident or sports injury, many people are born with the condition and may not even realize they are affected. Occasionally, one nostril may be noticeably smaller than the other, and other times it isn’t as noticeable. If you think you may have a deviated septum, a doctor will be able to confirm your suspicion.
What Procedure Is Right for You?
When determining what procedure your nose requires, you’ll find that the answer should be fairly clear. You’ll know whether your desires are a need for better functionality or purely aesthetic. If you fall somewhere in the middle of those two categories, it is possible to combine septoplasty with your rhinoplasty, ensuring that you change your breathing and your profile. Allow yourself the ideal look while improving the function of your nose.