Functional Septo Rhinoplasty Part-2
Dr.K.O.Paulose FRCS DLO, Consultant ENT Surgeon, Jubilee Hospital, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
Septoplasty Vs Rhinoplasty
The terms septoplasty and Rhinoplasty can be very confusing for patients. In general, where there’s a crooked external appearance, there’s also a deviated septum. Typically, both the septum and the external framework of the nose need to be addressed at the same time. This, of course, means septoplasty and Rhinoplasty.
Deviation of the nose is more common than it is diagnosedÂ and is mostly associated with deviation of septum. Occasionally just straightening a deviated septum will correct a crooked nose. If the nose remains crooked after septoplasty, then other techniques are necessary to straighten the nose. It may require osteotomies (breaking the nasal bones), or adjustments to nasal cartilage. It may require the addition of grafts.
A septoplasty will fix the internal breathing component of the nose and will not straighten the external portion. The septoplasty is simply performed for improving airflow dynamics and breathing through the nose.