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What is the difference between rhinoplasty and septoplasty?

August 15, 2019

Rhinoplasty, aka a nose job, is among the most popular cosmetic surgery procedures and is performed for a wide range of different reasons, from aesthetic to functional. But if you’ve ever heard talk of septoplasty surgery, you may wonder what exactly the difference is between a rhinoplasty and a septoplasty.


Rhinoplasty at our Toronto SpaMedica clinic


A rhinoplasty is a reconstructive cosmetic procedure aimed at improving the aesthetic, balance, and functionality of your nose. If you are in good health and want to improve the way your nose appears or you suffer from a condition which causes nasal breathing difficulties, you are likely an excellent candidate for a rhinoplasty procedure.


Rhinoplasty surgery can improve or resolve numerous nose concerns, including excessively large noses, dominant bridge bumps, overly-resected bridges or bridge scoops, too long or short noses, crooked noses, as well as wide nostrils and bulbous tips. There are 2 categories of rhinoplasty. In an external procedure, a small incision is made at the base of the nose, and in an internal procedure the incisions are placed entirely inside the nose. The rhinoplasty that’s right for you will be determined in the course of our thorough consultation.


Septoplasty: Toronto SpaMedica


A septoplasty is a procedure that I perform on the septum (the cartilage partition inside your nose that separates one nasal passageway from the other). Any nasal deviation which may require a partial reduction of the septum is called a septoplasty. This is a procedure often performed at the time of a rhinoplasty, particularly when the septum is compromising airflow.


Septoplasty surgery can help straighten a crooked nose, as your bridge can be restructured with supportive graft materials taken from the portion of the septum that is removed. A septoplasty may also be performed in the case of a nose that is too long, as the shortening of the septum may facilitate restructuring. After making the nose smaller, there is a risk of compromised breathing, so a complimentary septoplasty is performed in such cases as well to increase airflow to compensate for the reduction of actual nose size.


Patients at SpaMedica benefit from my 20+ years of experience performing rhinoplasty surgeries. I have a dual certification in both Plastic Surgery and Ear, Nose Throat (ENT) Advance Head and Neck Oncology, and am committed to deploying the best approach possible to achieving an optimal outcome for you. Rest assured I will also take the time to review your procedure with you beforehand in front of a VECTRA 3D computer simulator, so you can see for yourself the range of nose improvement that will be achieved—and how it will look—before you decide to proceed with the surgery. Schedule a consultation at SpaMedica today to learn more about the rhinoplasty procedures available at our spa in Toronto!

Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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