Beverly Hills Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty

A person may seek a rhinoplasty for a number of reasons, from changing the look of the nose to improving their breathing to repairing the nose after a traumatic impact to the face. In your rhinoplasty consultation with Dr. Julie Edween, she will discuss your goals for the procedure and what she can accomplish even with minute adjustments to the nose’s proportions.

First, as with any cosmetic surgery, you should be in good health before undergoing the operation. For rhinoplasties specifically, those who have bleeding disorders such as hemophilia may not be candidates, since it is a complex surgery and an inability to form blood clots could be highly dangerous.

The septum is the wall of cartilage that divides the nose into two sections. It can become deviated (bent or crooked) as the result of an impact or due to genetic factors. A bent septum often impairs breathing or can even block off the nasal airflow passage entirely. The results of this bent structure can be also cause deformities seen in your profile by making one side of the nose appear larger than the other.

If your nose is crooked or bent, make sure your surgeon examines the septum inside your nose. Rhinoplasties are very similar to septoplasties, in that they both straighten out parts of the nose. The difference between the two is that a rhinoplasty surgery to corrects the “outside” roof of your misshapen crooked bent nose while a septoplasty corrects in “inside” structural support of your crooked bent septum inside your nose. The two procedures can be combined; repairing the septum to improve breathing may be a good time to reshape and make other aesthetic adjustments to the nose. If you are happy with your nose shape, Dr. Edween can focus on the septum alone without making other changes.

Setting Aesthetic Goals

It is important to set realistic aesthetic goals for your rhinoplasty. Be sure to take into account your individual or ethnic characteristics while you are evaluating the changes you desire. Maintaining your uniqueness and individuality is important as well balancing the features in your face.

Rhinoplasties are good for correcting crooked noses, bulbous tips, droopy tips, and bumps. They improve your symmetry and enhance your your overall profile. The goal is to keep as much of your existing nose structure as possible while making small adjustments for a better look. Even a few millimeters’ difference can make a vast difference in the look of the nose.

To determine if you are a good candidate for rhinoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr. Julie Edween, who also performs septoplasties, ethnic rhinoplasties, and revision rhinoplasties for patients in the Los Angeles metro area.