Rhinoplasty for Medical Versus Cosmetic Reasons

Rhinoplasty vs. Septoplasty

Thousands of people have nose surgery every year. While some people get nose surgery for cosmetic reasons, others get it to correct breathing difficulties. The terms septoplasty and rhinoplasty are often used interchangeably, but each procedure is performed for different reasons. A rhinoplasty is a procedure that is performed to resize or reshape the nose. The primary purpose of rhinoplasty is to improve one’s appearance.

A septoplasty straightens out the septum. The septum divides the left and right chambers of the nose. There are several things that can causes a deviated septum such as a nose injury. Some people are also born with a deviated septum as the result of a birth defect. Deviated septums can cause several medical problems, including breathing difficulties, headaches and sleep apnea.

Furthermore, a septoplasty can correct nasal obstruction, which often comes along with getting older. The cartilage in the nose can droop as the result of aging, which can obstruct airflow. A septoplasty can re-shape and trim the septal bone and cartilage.

It is important to note that everyone recovers at their own pace. The type of procedure you have, what is done during the procedure and how long you are under the knife are some of the things that determine how long it will take for you to recover from your procedure. You may also need to wear a splint after your nose surgery.

People also have the option of getting a septorhinoplasty, which is a combination of a septoplasty and rhinoplasty. If you are interested in getting nose surgery, set up a consultation and we’ll help you decide which procedure is right for you.

Will Insurance Cover My Nose Surgery?

Insurance companies have strict guidelines to follow, and they typically will not cover nose surgery that is performed for cosmetic reasons. However, surgery that is performed for medical reasons will likely be covered by the insurance provider. You should check with your insurance provider before getting nose surgery. It is also important to note that your insurance company may require you to get nose surgery within a certain amount of time after an injury.