Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty – Which is Right for You?
So you are ready to change the look of your face, particularly your nose. Perhaps you think it is too big for your face, or it has a bump, or is crooked. Then you may be a candidate for rhinoplasty.
Rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, is a plastic surgery procedure for altering and reconstructing the nose. While rhinoplasty may be used to change the appearance of the nose, it may also improve breathing.
What rhinoplasty can do:
- Change nose size in relation to facial balance
- Change nose width at the bridge or in the size and position of the nostril
- Improve your profile getting rid of visible humps or depressions on the bridge
- Improve a nasal tip that is large or bulbous
- Improve nasal asymmetry
Keeping in mind that everyone’s face is asymmetric to some degree, the goal with rhinoplasty is to create facial balance and correct proportion.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to straighten the bone and cartilage between your two nostrils known as the septum. This surgery is used to correct a deviated septum.
A deviated, or crooked septum occurs when the septum is shifted towards one side of the nasal cavity. This can cause difficulty breathing and reduce airflow due to blockage of the nasal airway.
During this surgery, the septum is straightened and repositioned to the middle of the nose. The procedure may include cutting and removing parts of the septum before reinserting them into the correction position.
You may find that you will want rhinoplasty to change facial symmetry, but you also need septoplasty to correct your deviated septum. These are often performed during the same surgery.
Dr. McLain will do a full physical examination to determine what is best for you. He will also discuss your goals in wanting to improve your facial symmetry. So whether you need one or both procedures, he will be able to tell what will work best in your case.
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McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic plastic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing.
Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.