Septorhinoplasty is surgery to fix both your nose (also called rhinoplasty) and your nasal septum (also called septoplasty). The nasal septum is the narrow wall of tissue that separates your nostrils (hole opening of the nose). You may need a septorhinoplasty if you have a deviated septum. With a deviated septum, the septum wall inside your nose is crooked and blocks some air passing through. You may also need this surgery if your nose is misshapen due to an injury such as trauma. People who want to improve the appearance of their nose may also have this surgery. You may also have this surgery to correct problems from previous nose surgery. With septorhinoplasty, you may be able to breathe better and have the appearance of your nose improved.
Why get septorhinoplasty in Turkey?
According to the Turkish Healthcare Travel Council, over 750,000 inbound patients from 144 countries choose Turkey for medical service annually. The popularity of septorhinoplasty in Turkey is also rising. Let’s consider the reasons why people from over the world choose Turkey to do a septorhinoplasty.
- Technologically-advanced hospitals
Starting from 2003, the Turkish Ministry of Health launched the Program for Health Support Sector Transformation to increase the financing into the sector and improve the quality of healthcare.
This initiative gave a result, nowadays more than 50 medical centers in Turkey are JCI (Joint Commission International) accredited. This is confirmation that the hospital follows the strict world’s standards in medicine.
Currently, Turkish hospitals have achieved the level of top facilities in the USA, Europe, Asia. The equipment is renovated every 1-3 years to provide accurate medical procedures. Due to this, anyone who wants to get a septorhinoplasty in Turkey can be sure of its high quality.
- Affordable prices
The local government does everything possible to make Turkey a top destination for medical tourism in the world offering an advanced level of medicine at affordable prices. Moreover, the general price policy within the country is not high — accommodation, meals, transport are quite inexpensive in Turkey.
As a result, the prices for medical services in Turkey (including for a septorhinoplasty) are 4-5 times lower than in the USA, and 2-3 times than in Germany, Austria, Spain, South Korea, or Israel.
- Experienced doctors
One more reason to get a septorhinoplasty in Turkey is the expert doctors and medical staff that works in the hospital serving international tourists regularly, practiced in the US, and European medical facilities to interchange the experience and apply the newest technologies.
Moreover, many Turkish plastic surgeons are members of international organizations such as the ISAPS (International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) which gathers top specialists from over the world.
- Extra services
Turkey is a customer-friendly country. Local clinics for plastic surgery offer a wide range of additional services for free.
For instance, accommodation, transfer at the airport, language assistance are already included in the septorhinoplasty price. Some clinics are even more generous — they offer spa procedures, meals, and even excursion tours.
Before the surgery, you will be given either local anesthetics or general anesthetics.
During the septoplasty phase, the surgeon will make an incision on your septum. If the remodeling is simple enough, the surgeon will be able to reposition the septum without needing to move it first. Otherwise, the surgeon will have to remove the septum, straighten it up and place it back within the nose. After that, the surgeon will suture the nose up.
The rhinoplasty can be either a closed procedure (by making an incision within the nose) or an open procedure (by making an incision at the base of the nose). After the surgery, an external cast will be placed on your nose, which will be removed less than a week after the procedure.
Recovery & Tips to help speed up your septorhinoplasty recovery
- You may need to take up to 2 weeks off work to recover from septorhinoplasty surgery.
- It might be several months before you see the full effect of the operation, and up to 6 months for the swelling to completely go.
- After about a week: Stitches can be removed (unless you had dissolvable stitches). The splint may also be able to come off.
- At 3 weeks: Bruises, swelling and redness may have faded. You may be able to swim.
- At 4 to 6 weeks: You should be able to resume strenuous exercise.
You may be advised to:
- prop your head up with pillows for a couple of days when resting to reduce the swelling
- avoid hot baths and getting the splint wet
- avoid blowing your nose or removing any crusts until your appointment to have the splint removed
- sneeze through your mouth to avoid pressure on your nose
- avoid dusty or smoky places
- avoid strenuous exercise or contact sports for 4 to 6 weeks
Septorhinoplasty Recovery Process
The septum is the bone and cartilage wall which divides your nose into two distinct nostrils. As the septum is moved to one side of your nose, a deviated septum occurs.
Some people are born with a deviated septum, But an injury to their nose Could be a cause. There is one nasal passage in most persons with a deviated septum that is much narrower than the other. This can cause breathing problems. Frequent nosebleeds and facial pain can be other signs of a deviated septum. Surgery is the only way for a deviated septum to be replaced.
A surgical procedure for repairing a deviated septum is septoplasty. The septum is straightened by septoplasty to allow for better airflow through your nose.
The Recovery process :
Unless major complications occur, septoplasty is normally performed as an outpatient procedure. This means that on the same day as the procedure after the anesthesia has worn off, you will be free to go home. In order to control bleeding, the nose will be swollen, sore, and lined with cotton. A day or two after surgery, the wrapping may be removed. You will also be given pain medicine by your doctor as needed.
You would likely be asked by your doctor to stop aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood-thinning medications. This is done after the operation to lower the risk of bleeding issues.
In order to reduce swelling and encourage recovery, you can also restrict your physical activity for several weeks after surgery. This involves most types of physical exercise, such as running, weight lifting, and contact sports. Such tasks can raise your blood pressure and lead to serious bleeding.
Tips for a faster recovery include:
- Raise your head at night to keep the swelling down.
- Do not blow your nose for at least three days after surgery.
- Wearing shirts that button on the front so you don’t have to pull your clothes over your head.
The wound in your nose will heal relatively quickly, and immediately after the operation, your breathing is likely to improve. The overall process of recovery, however, can be long. It may take up to a year for cartilage and other nasal tissues to completely settle into their new form.
Cost of septorhinoplasty in Turkey
Septorhinoplasty is going to be more expensive than rhinoplasty because it’s basically two operations at once.
But that doesn’t change the fact that it’s still cheaper than anywhere in the UK and most of Europe.
The average septorhinoplasty cost in the UK is around £4500-7000£, which means you can save up to 50% if you have your operation in Turkey.
The fact that septorhinoplasty cost in Turkey is considerably lower than the septorhinoplasty cost in Europe or the USA has nothing to do with the quality. Nose job costs are lower in Turkey because labor and running costs are inexpensive.
Associate Professor Tayfun Türkaslan is a graduate of Izmir Ege University Faculty of Medicine. The physician, who succeeded in the Medical Specialization Examination (TUS) in the year he graduated, started his specialization at Istanbul University Cerrahpaşa Faculty of Medicine, Department of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. The physician, who moved to St James Seacroft University hospital in England in 1997, worked and researched here, and continued his medical experience in our country after his specialization period. The physician, who completed his specialization after the scientific congress and certification processes abroad and was appointed to Istanbul Yavuz Selim Hospital with the title of Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Specialist, worked here for almost 2 years. The doctor, who worked for 7 years at Vakıf Gureba with his old name and at Bezmi Alem University with his new name, received the title of Associate Professor in the field of Plastic, Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery as of 2010. Assoc. Dr. Tayfun Türkaslan; He currently provides professional medical services to his patients in Estetikport Aesthetic Surgery clinic, which he is the founder of.