Septorhinoplasty

septum correction and Nose reshaping

Surgery and nose reshaping to correct any defects in the wall (septum) running between your nostrils

What is a septorhinoplasty?

A septorhinoplasty is a surgical procedure to alter the bone and cartilage in the nose. It improves the shape and structure of the nose to enhance breathing capabilities. This procedure is for conditions such as a deviated septum which can occur naturally or from a trauma or sports injury. It is a combination of two surgical procedures:
  • Rhinoplasty: This surgical procedure can alter, reduce or refine the shape and size of your nose. The procedure aims to produce a natural shaped nose in proportion with the face and is tailored to achieve the best airways access to improve breathing.
  • Septoplasty: Sometimes, due to injury or simply because it has grown that way, the septum may be bent, buckled or deviated to one (or both) sides. This causes a blockage by reducing the area available for air to flow through. This procedure corrects this abnormality in order to allow air to pass through either nostril more easily. A septoplasty is a common procedure and with low levels of pain.

Need to know

  • What happens during the procedure? icon plus

    Exactly what happens during your procedure will depend on the diagnosed condition. Your consultant will discuss the procedure with you during your consultation.

    Your surgeon will either make cuts inside your nostrils (closed rhinoplasty) or on the outside of your nose (open rhinoplasty). They'll then reshape, add or remove some of your bone and cartilage (this might include your septum) before closing any cuts with dissolvable stitches.
  • How to prepare icon plus

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you, and answer any questions you may have.

    You will need to have a general anaesthetic and your consultant will tell you how long you should avoid eating and drinking beforehand.

    You should also arrange for someone to drive you home from the hospital.
  • After your surgery icon plus

    Your nose and eyes will be bruised and swollen. Your surgeon might need to put a splint on your nose. If so, you'll need to keep this in place for about a week. Your nose will more than likely be blocked for about a week.

    Light nosebleeds are common during this time, too. Bruising and swelling should start to go down after about three weeks.

    Sleeping propped up on a pillow can help with this and your nose may feel sore or strange for a few weeks.

    Your consultant will let you know when you can get back to your usual routine. Because the bruising lasts a while, when you go back to work might depend on how comfortable you feel.

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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