Septorhinoplasty is a plastic surgery procedure to straighten the cartilage and bone in the septum and other areas of the nose with the aim of removing obstructions and improving airflow in the nasal cavities.
As well as maintaining or improving airways, a septorhinoplasty can also correct the outer shape of the nose.
Septorhinoplasty is often combined with a rhinoplasty to further straighten and improve the shape of the nose. The treatment differs from septoplasty, which treats deviated septums alone.
Septorhinoplasty can be thought of as a reconstructive plastic surgery procedure to correct breathing difficulties associated with the shape of the nose.
The treatment usually takes up to two and a half hours. Incisions are made to the outer and inner nose, through which surgeons can remove or reposition bone and cartilage.
Patients can expect swelling inside the nose for several weeks following treatment, however breathing difficulties should be overcome within two to three weeks. Patients can usually return to work earlier, typically within one to two weeks.