From Dr. Lampert:
Septoplasty with Rhinoplasty (or Septorhinoplasty)
This young lady had problems breathing out of her nose due to mechanical airway obstruction. Attempts to treat this with medical management and nasal sprays failed. On initial examination, she had a deviated nasal septum and enlarged inferior turbinates. (Turbinates, or concha, are curled shelves of bone and mucosa that stick out into the nasal passage. Large turbinates can block the airflow ). This young lady desired surgery to correct her nasal airway obstruction, straighten her nasal septum and reduce the inferior turbinates inside her nose. She also desired an aesthetic adjustment to her tip and a reduction of the bump on the bridge of her nose (or dorsal hump). She only wanted to have one surgery on her nose. Both the septoplasty and rhinoplasty were combined under the same anesthesia and surgery. (This was a good idea, as it is often much harder to do a rhinoplasty after a prior septoplasty has been performed. Sometimes ear or rib cartilage has to be harvested with secondary rhinoplasty procedures!). This young lady wanted to preserve her identity and her natural beauty. She did not want a “surgical looking nose”. A natural-looking result and better airflow was achieved. Swelling took over a year to fully subside.
18 months post op
* Individual results may vary.