Everything You Need to Know About Septorhinoplasty
Nasal surgery is our specialty; Dr. Aynehchi is one of the only double board-certified plastic surgeons in the state, after all. One type of nasal surgery that many people don’t know about is septorhinoplasty, which combines the aesthetic purpose of rhinoplasty with the functional purpose of septoplasty.
Patients always have plenty of questions regarding this kind of nose surgery, so we’ve compiled our most frequently asked questions about septorhinoplasty below.
Will Septorhinoplasty Make My Nose Look More Attractive?
Septorhinoplasty has “rhino” in the title because the plastic surgeon performing your surgery will reshape your nose to fit you in a way that makes you feel more attractive and confident. If you have a hooked nose, upturned nose, wide nose, or pointed nose, our doctors will make sure these aesthetic issues are fixed. Rhinoplasty that also improves breathing is also called functional rhinoplasty.
Will Septorhinoplasty Help a Deviated Septum?
The “septo” part of the name of this procedure refers to the septum. If your septum is off-center the septoplasty surgeon will correct this so that your nose is more symmetrical and you can breathe better. If you don’t have a deviated septum, a cosmetic surgeon will tell you that you have no reason to undergo septorhinoplasty and that you can just do rhinoplasty.
Will Septorhinoplasty Help Sinus Disorders?
A deviated septum can contribute to numerous sinus issues, such as:
- Sleep Apnea / Snoring Issues
- Postnasal Drip
- Frequent Nosebleeds
- Facial Pain
- Difficulty Breathing
- Headaches / Migraines
By fixing your off-center septum and making it so your nasal passageways are even, these sinus issues should clear up. This is because a deviated septum blocks one or both nostrils, and this makes it difficult to breathe. It also makes it difficult for your sinuses to drain themselves properly, resulting in postnasal drip and chronic coughing fits.
Will Septorhinoplasty Help Me Breathe Better?
A deviated septum makes it so one or both nostrils are blocked. Someone with a deviated septum cannot breathe through their nose properly, so fixing this issue through a septoplasty procedure should improve breathing.
Is Septorhinoplasty Covered By Insurance?
Since septoplasty helps the function of your nose and can improve your health. Because of this, it can be partially covered by your insurance. Like all procedures, your coverage depends on your insurance policy. In order to keep breathing relief open to more Angelenos, our ENT office accepts most insurance and is in-network with Medicare, HMO’s, and PPO’s.
In order to get your septorhinoplasty covered by your insurance, you should make sure to collect thorough documentation of your deviated septum and breathing issues. Contact your insurance company beforehand to ask about details of your policy and what documentation is required. You should make sure to obtain documentation that demonstrates your faulty nasal structure and how it’s affecting your health and quality of life. It also helps to get a written opinion from your general doctor and cosmetic surgeon.
How Long is the Recovery Time for Septorhinoplasty?
Most people fully recover from septorhinoplasty surgery in 1 to 2 months. Our doctors work in a gentle way so that your delicate nasal structure endures as little trauma as possible. A few weeks or months after surgery, you will have a follow-up visit with Westside Face to make sure your nose is healing properly.
Is Septorhinoplasty Painful?
Operating on the nose is bound to result in some swelling or bruising. The best nose surgeon in Los Angeles will be gentle to speed up your recovery time and give you little pain.
Is Septorhinoplasty Open or Closed?
Functional rhinoplasty can be open or closed. Closed rhinoplasty is done through the inside of the nose, so it does not leave a scar. This is the preferred method, but depending on your issues, closed surgery may not be a viable option. If you have open surgery with us, we will place the incisions right under the nostrils so that the scars are easily obscured.
Who is the Best Surgeon for Septorhinoplasty in Los Angeles?
Westside Face is the best office for nose surgery in Los Angeles. We have a long track record of satisfied patients, which you can see from the reviews on Yelp, Google My Business, and RealSelf. Our gallery also shows the amazing results of our hardworking surgeons. Our doctors are extremely skilled and experienced in both rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty. We also have performed stellar results for facelifts and brow lifts.