Benefits of Getting Rhinoplasty & Septoplasty At Once | Septorhinoplasty
If you’re considering a septoplasty, you’re in good company, it’s one of the most common nose surgeries. Estimations suggest as much as 80% of people have some degree of septal deviation.
It’s also common for people with a deviated septum to consider getting a rhinoplasty. After all, a nose job is one of the most effective ways to drastically improve your facial aesthetic. So this leads to a lot of people asking:
Can I Get Rhinoplasty & Septoplasty at the Same Time?
Yes. This combination of procedures is popular enough to have its own name: a septorhinoplasty. Not only is it an option, but plastic surgeons will often recommend it if they know you are planning on getting both surgeries at some point.
A septorhinoplasty is a combination of the two surgeries. So understanding what it does, takes a good understanding of each.
What’s The Difference Between Rhinoplasty & Septoplasty?
At it’s simplest, a rhinoplasty is primarily a cosmetic surgery, whereas a septoplasty is primarily to fix a deviated septum. Although neither is specifically limited to those purposes.
Rhinoplasty is most common for:
- Correcting nasal size or shape
- Improving facial symmetry
- Fixing humps, depressions, and bulbous tips
- Other cosmetic concerns
But it can also provide some medical relief, such as making it easier to breathe if you have a crooked nose. If you don’t have a septal deviation, rhinoplasty is often sufficient. In this case, a septorhinoplasty may not be necessary.
Usually, a good candidate for septorhinoplasty is someone who is already in need of a septoplasty. A septoplasty is a sinus surgery that makes it easier to breathe and can be a medical necessity. Since you are already operating on the nose, this is a good opportunity to address other issues, like a bulbous tip.
Benefits of Getting Both Done at Once
Getting a septorhinoplasty, septoplasty and rhinoplasty in one surgery, has multiple benefits. These make it a better option for you, your wellbeing, and overall satisfaction. Some key benefits include:
If you’re planning to get two different nose surgeries, getting them together means big savings. Since a septorhinoplasty is done in one go, it uses less time and resources. Although the work on the nose can take about the same effort as doing them separately, other aspects are halved:
- Using the anaesthesiologist once
- Only booking the operation room once
- Fewer consultations
- Open and closing the surgery once
As a result, those savings are passed on to you, making septorhinoplasty a cost-effective surgery.
With any surgery, there is an element of risk. Your plastic surgeon will do their best to minimize the potential risks and complications. By getting just one operation you cut the potential risks in half.
Another important factor is that you cut your recovery time down the middle. Most of the swelling and bruising after rhinoplasty resolves within a couple of weeks. But complete healing can take as long as a year. Septoplasty can take 3 weeks resuming normal activity and up to 2 months to fully heal.
Getting the two surgeries at once doesn’t cause these times to stack. Instead, you can usually resume regular activity about 1-3 weeks after septorhinoplasty.
Getting a septorhinoplasty is a big time saver. You can cut down on scheduling with fewer appointments and consultations.
As well, there is no waiting around between procedures. If you got the rhinoplasty and septoplasty done separately you would have to wait until you fully healed before getting the second surgery.
Choosing a Septorhinoplasty Surgeon in Toronto
When choosing a surgeon for a septorhinoplasty, it’s important to find a plastic surgeon who is familiar with both procedures. Dr. Richard Rival is a double-board certified plastic surgeon in Toronto. He has experience in both septoplasty and rhinoplasty, with a reputation for delivering satisfying, effective results.
If you are considering upgrading your septoplasty to a septorhinoplasty, contact us now to schedule a consultation.