Septorhinoplasty (non-cosmetic)

Septorhinoplasty is nose reconstruction surgery that aims to treat blocked nasal passages and improve function of the nose. This procedure can be commonly undertaken after trauma or to improve breathing.

Common questions

What is septorhinoplasty?

Septorhinoplasty is nose reconstruction surgery that aims to treat blocked nasal passages and improve function of the nose. This procedure can be commonly undertaken after trauma or to improve breathing.

Septorhinoplasty is the combination of two procedures into one operation; septoplasty (to correct a deviated septum) and rhinoplasty (to change the shape or size of the nose. A septorhinoplasty or rhinoplasty itself is not available at Benenden Hospital if it’s done purely for cosmetic reasons, but it may be if it's needed to help your breathing. The NHS mirrors this application of this procedure.

Why would I have septorhinoplasty?

In order to correct a deviated septum and to change the size or shape of the nose. If you have had recent trauma to the nose or are having difficulty breathing (nasal obstruction) through the nose this could be a reason to have a septorhinoplasty.

What happens during septorhinoplasty?

The exact type of procedure you have will depend on your specific condition; your surgeon will discuss this with you in detail before the operation. During a septorhinoplasty your surgeon will remove any obstructions that may cause breathing problems and the appearance of your nose could also be enhanced after recent trauma affecting functionality.

The septorhinoplasty will be carried out under general anaesthetic usually as a day case so you’ll be asleep during the operation. Your surgeon may be able to perform the operation without making cuts on the outside of the nose, which will reduce swelling and leave no visible scars.

The nose may be obstructed by a deviated septum which has suffered injury or if one side of your nasal passage is smaller than the other. A deviated septum can cause a blockage in the nose leading to breathing difficulties, chronic sinus infections, stagnating mucus, inflammation and irritation.

What should I expect after septorhinoplasty?

You may have stitches in the nostril which are usually dissolved and you’ll probably leave hospital with a dressing on your nose. We’ll explain what you need to do with these dressings and whether you need any follow-up appointments.

You’ll probably need to take a couple of weeks off work and you may not see the full benefit of the operation for six to twelve months by which time the swelling should have completely gone.

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