Nose Surgery: What Is Septoplasty Turbinate Reduction

Nose Surgery: What Is Septoplasty Turbinate Reduction

Septoplasty and turbinoplasty are two common types of surgery performed on the nose. These surgeries focus on the function rather than the cosmetic appearance of the nose for most patients, although they can sometimes address cosmetic issues. As the names suggest, septoplasty focuses on the septum, while turbinoplasty deals with the nasal turbinates.

If you have breathing issues, it may be helpful to look into these procedures with the advice of a surgeon. To get personalised guidance beyond your own research, consider having an obligation-free consultation with Dr Jeremy Hunt. Dr Hunt has performed many nose procedures throughout his surgical career and takes care to support his patients through the process.

In this article, we will explore the differences between septoplasty and turbinoplasty. If you wish to know whether you might be a candidate, you can book a consultation at our Sydney clinic.

What is Septoplasty?

A septoplasty aims to correct and straighten a deviated septum. The septum is the structure in your nose that separates the left and right nostrils, and in some people, the septum may be crooked or uneven.

A deviated septum could be a result of trauma or genetics, and it may affect one’s breathing. In some cases, this issue could also have cosmetic impacts. For example, a deviated septum could cause the nose to appear crooked on the outside too. Septoplasty is a surgery that tries to correct this deviation, which can help address issues of both function and aesthetics.

What is Turbinoplasty?

Turbinoplasty deals with internal structures of the nose called turbinates. The turbinates perform many functions, such as filtering dust and humidifying the air as it passes through the nose. In some people, these structures can become enlarged and impair a person’s breathing, which can lead to issues such as snoring and sleep apnoea.

The turbinoplasty procedure can address these problems. It typically involves moving the bone that is causing the airway obstruction in order to allow greater airflow. This procedure, however, is not to be confused with a similar procedure called turbinectomy, which involves the removal of tissue in the nose. In comparison, turbinoplasty is considered less invasive because it only involves the adjustment rather than removal of tissue.

Potential Candidates

Both types of surgery are designed to improve airflow through the nasal passages, making it easier to breathe. The only real way to know whether one of these procedures (and which one) is appropriate for you is to get professional medical advice.

When figuring out if you’re a suitable candidate, we will need to know some things about your medical history and the concerns you have about your nose. Let us know if you have been having breathing difficulties and what expectations you have about surgery. Generally, we might consider you a suitable candidate if you:

  • Have nasal obstruction
  • Have problems with snoring or sleep apnoea
  • Suffer nose bleeds or frequent allergies
  • Have a congested nose
  • Have an uneven or crooked nose
  • Understand the risks and recovery
  • Have realistic expectations

Things to Consider

Getting surgery is no small thing, and the decision requires a great deal and preparation. This includes researching your desired procedure, consulting with a surgeon, and making sure that you have the required support and aftercare.

When thinking about getting surgery, you will need to consider all that it entails, including the risks and what’s required during recovery. All surgeries come with the risk of something going wrong, such as infection, excessive bleeding, scarring, and unwanted results. You’ll also need to be prepared for some discomfort in the days and weeks following your procedure, as your nose will need time to heal. You will have some swelling and possible bruising, and you might be prescribed pain medication. Additionally, it’s important to have someone helping you around the house so that you’re able to take adequate rest.

Another thing to consider is the experience of the surgeon you choose. The choice of surgeon is important to the safety and overall success of your procedure, which means you should investigate their qualifications and skills. A good surgeon shouldn’t have a problem with answering all of your questions about their certifications and experience.

Septoplasty Turbinate Reduction in Sydney with Dr Jeremy Hunt

When it comes to septoplasty or turbinoplasty, it is crucial to seek a qualified surgeon.

Dr Hunt, Sydney Plastic Surgeon, is not only qualified and experienced in performing septoplasty and turbinoplasty, but takes the time with each patient to ensure they are comfortable and understand what the procedure entails. If you have any questions about what these procedures involve, or whether you might benefit, you are welcome to book a consultation with Dr Hunt.

Get in touch with our team to learn more about these procedures.

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