Rhinoplasty and septoplasty are both nose surgeries, so it’s easy to confuse the two, but these procedures are definitely not exactly the same. Let’s review the differences.

Rhinoplasty: A Basic Explanation

Widely known as a nose job, rhinoplasty is designed to enhance the proportions of the nose so that it looks more balanced and natural. The procedure is also ideal for correcting nose deformities and sinus issues that cause breathing difficulties.

The Surgery

Rhinoplasty requires a general anaesthetic and internal incision, with micro incisions sometimes being required too. Once the soft tissue is detached from the underlying structure of the nose, it will be reshaped and resized according to the patient’s requirements.

Your surgeon will either use an open or closed method and the entire procedure will take between one and two hours to complete. An overnight stay is not usually required after rhinoplasty surgery at Academy Face and Body clinic in Perth.

Potential Risks

Some of the risks associated with rhinoplasty include:

  • Scarring
  • Pain and numbness
  • Breathing difficulties for the first few weeks
  • Skin discolouration
  • Infection
  • Risks relating to the anaesthetic


The rhinoplasty recovery period is not as long as you might think – most patients can return to work a week after their surgery. Patients can expect pain, pressure and stuffiness for several days after their surgery and bruising tends to last about two weeks. The nasal splint that is put in place after your surgery will be removed along with your stitches a week after your procedure.

Septoplasty: A Basic Explanation

Septoplasty is performed slightly differently to rhinoplasty and is designed to correct a deviated septum. A deviated septum occurs when the bone dividing the nose is displaced to one side. During a septoplasty procedure at Academy Face and Body clinic in Perth, the septum is straightened and repositioned in order to correct any breathing issues.

The Surgery

The average septoplasty procedure lasts one hour to 90 minutes and involves making an incision on the side of the nose in order to access the septum.

It may take around 60-90 minutes to complete a septoplasty procedure, depending on how complex the patient’s case is. Once the septum’s protective mucous membrane has been lifted, the septum will be repositioned and any excess bone or cartilage will be removed. Stitches will be used to close the incision and sometimes nose packing will be used to collect any fluid after the procedure.

Potential Risks

Potential risks associated with septoplasty include:

  • Scarring
  • Nose discolouration
  • Bleeding
  • Holes forming in the septum


Septoplasty patients will be unable to perform physical activities for several weeks after their surgery and they can expect a fair amount of pain, but this can be managed with medication. Patients will need to avoid blowing their nose for several days and will need to sleep with their heads elevated to reduce swelling.

Is Septoplasty or Rhinoplasty Right for Me?

It all depends on what your specific concerns are. If you are only looking to correct breathing issues then a septoplasty might be a better option but if you also want to reshape the nose, rhinoplasty can address both concerns. Your surgeon will provide you with a professional recommendation during your consultation.

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