European Journal of Rhinology and Allergy
Original Article

Quality of Life After Septorhinoplasty: The Results of a Tertiary Center


Department of Otorhinolaryngology, Pedro Hispano Hospital, Matosinhos, Porto, Portugal

Eur J Rhinol Allergy 2022; 5: 97-101
DOI: 10.5152/ejra.2022.22072
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Objective: Septorhinoplasty is globally associated with an improvement in the quality of life. We intend to evaluate the degree of satisfaction of patients undergoing septorhinoplasty at our hospital and the impact of surgery on the quality of life.

Methods: This is a retrospective study, which includes patients who underwent septorhinoplasty in our department between January 2017 and December 2020. We applied to each patient the validated Rhinoplasty Outcome Evaluation questionnaire, culturally adapted and translated into European Portuguese, covering the main aspects that influence patient satisfaction. A higher score on the questionnaire (0 to 100) equates to greater patient satisfaction.

Results: We included 92 patients, 52.2% female and 47.8% male, with a mean age of 37.5 (21.0-43.8) years. We obtained a mean total questionnaire score of 87.5 (75.0-94.8), and in 62% of patients the score was >80. A statistically significant association was found between the patient’s increasing age and a clear sustained decrease in the level of satisfaction with the surgical results (P=.015), with the lowest levels of satisfaction being recorded after 50 years of age.

Conclusions: Younger age was the only factor with a statistically significant association with higher satisfaction scores, with the most noticeable improvement in the quality of life in patients aged 19-29 years. This result may be associated with the expected aging of the tissues, namely the nasal cartilage skeleton and the skin. Our average total score on the Rhinoplasty Outcome Evaluation questionnaire is in line with the scores obtained in similar recent studies.

Cite this article as: Gonçalves AI, Barreto J, Duarte D, Vilhena D. Quality of life after septorhinoplasty: The results of a tertiary center. Eur J Rhinol Allergy 2022;5(3):97-101.

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