Can any slight nose-straightening be done during Septoplasty, or is that strictly Rhinoplasty?
A: septoplasty vs rhinoplasty
A septoplasty refers to surgical correction of the septum, which is a wall of cartilage that separates the left from the right nostril. The septum is an internal structure and if it’s bent is called a “deviated septum” which often times needs to be straightened to improve breathing in certain patients. Straightening a septum does not necessarily mean the external appearance of one’s nose will be straight. A rhinoplasty will address the external components (cartilage/bone) of the nose and give a more aesthetically attractive nose. Often times, a septo/rhinoplasty is performed which addresses both the functional and cosmetic aspects of the nose/airway.
Please consult with a board certified plastic surgeon for a complete examination prior to scheduling a septoplasty or rhinoplasty.