Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty – What’s the Difference?

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before and after Rhinoplasty surgery

If you are considering surgery on your nose, you may have come across a few different options, primarily rhinoplasty, and septoplasty.

While these two procedures deal with intricacies around the nose, they both serve a specific purpose. Outlined below are the differences between rhinoplasty and  septoplasty to help you understand which surgery is best for your needs.

Picking the right surgery for you: rhinoplasty vs. septoplasty

If you are looking to alter your nose’s aesthetic features, then rhinoplasty is likely to be the option for you. Prioritizing the outside appearance of the nose, rhinoplasty can assist with:

  • Reducing the size of the nose
  • Improving symmetry
  • Straightening a crooked nose
  • Changes to the size and shape of the tip
  • Altering the width of the nasal bridge
  • Removing a bump or dip in the nasal bridge
  • Corrections to nostril size and shape

Functional nose surgery, or septoplasty, helps correct any structural issues inside the nose, focusing on the septum. It is performed to correct any structural defects and can help relieve issues such as:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Deviated septum
  • Enlarged turbinates
  • Nasal polyps
  • Weakened nasal valve
  • Boney irregularities

Septoplasty is best for those seeking a functional improvement in their nose, with many patients enjoying life-changing effects post-surgery as their ability to breathe is vastly improved.

The crossover of function and aesthetics

Quite often, both surgeries are performed in conjunction with one another to optimize both the function and aesthetic of the nose.

Septoplasty, rhinoplasty, and a combination of the two requires immaculate precision and a deep understanding of the complexities of nasal surgery. With this in mind, you must choose a surgeon that understands the importance of proper diagnosis and displays acute attention to detail in everything they do.

With over two decades of experience under his belt, Dr. Sedgh is an acclaimed surgeon with a reputation for exceptionally natural-looking, high-quality results. If you are still unsure about rhinoplasty vs. septoplasty, and are ready to invest in your health and well-being, be sure to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sedgh today.

Posted on behalf of Sedgh Plastic Surgery


When under our care, Dr. Sedgh always ensures you feel comfortable, cared for, well-informed about every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. With an approach which focuses on achieving refreshed, natural-looking results, Dr. Sedgh prides himself on always acting with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.