Reshaping and Healing: The Journey through Septorhinoplasty

In the world of facial surgeries, septorhinoplasty stands out as a comprehensive solution. Septorhinoplasty is a surgical procedure that combines septoplasty and rhinoplasty.


Septoplasty corrects the deviated septum, the cartilage and bone wall that separates nostrils. Rhinoplasty is the reshaping of the nose for cosmetic or functional reasons. At its core, septorhinoplasty addresses both functional and cosmetic concerns of the nose. This article will guide you through the essentials of this procedure, its benefits, and the recovery timeline.

Septoplasty vs. Rhinoplasty

To understand the difference between septoplasty and rhinoplasty, we need to look at the anatomy of the nose. It’s a complex organ, consisting of aesthetic and functional elements. Nose has two main parts. The external nose consists of skin, soft tissue, cartilage, and bone. Cartilage and bone form the framework of the nose, which determines its shape and size. Skin and soft tissue cover the framework and give the nose its texture and contour.

The internal nose has a nasal cavity divided by the septum into two passages. Septum is a wall of cartilage and bone that separates the left and right nostrils. Nasal cavity also contains the turbinates, which are structures that help humidify and filter the air that enters the nose.

Rhinoplasty primarily focuses on the outer structure, tailoring its shape to enhance facial harmony. On the other hand, septoplasty delves deeper, addressing the septum and ensuring unobstructed airflow. When weighing septoplasty vs. rhinoplasty, decision boils down to individual needs; functional improvement, aesthetic refinement, or both.


Septorhinoplasty: Combining Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty

Septorhinoplasty is a surgery that combines septoplasty and rhinoplasty. It can offer both functional and cosmetic benefits for patients. By merging two procedures, patients receive a holistic treatment, addressing both aesthetic concerns and breathing issues. Also, it can be cost-effective, eliminating the need for two separate surgeries and recoveries. Despite its advantages, a combined procedure might not suit everyone. For some, addressing a single concern – either cosmetic or functional – might suffice.

The Procedure: Step by Step

Pre-surgery consultations and preparation

Before diving into surgery, consultations pave the path. You will need to have a consultation with your surgeon. Your surgeon will examine your nose, take photos, and discuss your goals and expectations. It allows patients to communicate their desired outcomes, understand the surgeon's approach, and set realistic expectations.


The Surgical Process

The heart of septorhinoplasty involves careful reshaping and restructuring. Surgeons work diligently to improve nasal function while also enhancing its aesthetic appeal. Surgery can last from two to four hours, depending on the case's complexity. It’ll be under general or local anesthesia, depending on your preference and your surgeon's recommendation.

The surgeon will make incisions inside or outside the nose, depending on the technique used. Then, they will reshape the bone and cartilage, and correct the deviated septum. They will stitch, place a splint and packing nose to support the new shape.

Post-operative care in the first 48 hours

After the surgery, you may experience some pain, swelling, bruising, bleeding, or congestion in your nose. Like any surgery, septorhinoplasty comes with its risks – bleeding, infection, or anesthesia reactions. They will provide you with painkillers and antibiotics to ease your discomfort and prevent infection. Post-surgery, patients follow guidelines to ensure optimal healing. These includes:

  • Keep your head elevated and avoid lying flat.
  • Apply cold compresses to your eyes and cheeks to reduce swelling.
  • Avoid blowing your nose or sneezing forcefully.
  • Avoid touching or bumping your nose.
  • Change your dressing and packing as instructed by your surgeon.
  • Avoid wearing glasses or sunglasses that rest on your nose.
  • Avoid strenuous activities or exercise.


Healing and Recovery

The healing and recovery process after septorhinoplasty varies from person to person. It depends on several factors such as age, skin type, health condition, and surgical technique. However, some general guidelines are:

  • The first week: After the procedure, expect swelling, bruising, pain, and difficulty breathing through your nose. There may also be some numbness or tingling in the nose tip or upper lip. It's essential to rest at home and steer clear of social activities or work. You'll notice an improvement in your nose shape once they remove the splint.
  • The first month: As weeks progress, the changes become evident. Swelling, bruising, pain, and congestion in your nose will diminish. You can resume most normal activities, except for heavy lifting or contact sports. It's crucial to shield the nose from sun exposure or injury. You'll observe further improvement in your nose shape as it settles into its new position. Regular check-ups ensure that healing is on track.
  • The first year: The beauty of septorhinoplasty unveils itself over a year. Nose settles into its final shape, becoming a harmonious feature of the face. Enjoy the full benefits of your surgery in terms of appearance and breathing function!


Septorhinoplasty is more than just a surgery; it's a transformative journey. Blending the techniques of rhinoplasty and septoplasty, it promises both functional betterment and aesthetic enhancement. The procedure isn't simple or easy. You need patience and commitment to follow post-op care and handle the healing process. With the right guidance and care, the road to reshaping and healing can be smooth and fulfilling.

If you are interested in learning more about septorhinoplasty, please contact us today. We will be happy to answer your questions and help you achieve your dream look.

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