What is a septoplasty?
We have all heard about celebrities who claim to have suffered from a deviated septum in order to “cover” the fact that they had a nose job for purely aesthetic reasons. . .“not that there is anything wrong with that!” However, a deviated septum is a very real, and often debilitating, condition that can severely affect your ability to breathe and adversely impact your quality of life. A deviated septum can result in reduced stamina when exercising, sleep apnea, increased risk for heart attacks and even strokes. Snoring is just the “tip” of this rather unpleasant deviated septum iceberg.
The septum, the piece of cartilage that divides the nose down the middle, oftentimes is not straight, causing breathing problems out of the narrowed side. Sometimes, particularly unfortunate Beverly Hills patients suffer with an “S” shaped septum, leading to difficulty breathing through both nostrils. In either event, most patients who have been suffering with a deviated septum have been doing so for years and come to us in desperate need of some relief.
Symptoms of a Deviated Septum
A deviated septum is when the thin wall between the nostrils is displaced to one side. This can upset the symmetry of the nostrils and make one nostril look bigger than the other. Many of those Beverly Hills patients with deviated septums often suffer breathing problems, along with swelling, crusting, and bleeding in the nose.
Symptoms of a deviated septum include nosebleeds, noisy breathing, obstruction of one or both nostrils, and facial pain. A septoplasty can help repair a deviated septum in those suffering severe complications from this condition or who simply want to breathe better. This surgical procedure is also often paired with rhinoplasty to help restore symmetrical balance to the nose and face.
Is a septoplasty right for you?
When you consult with Dr. Nima regarding a deviated septum, the first thing he will do is examine the internal structure of your nose to determine if that is, indeed, your issue. The exam is a painless process which takes less than a minute and simply involves looking inside your nose to assess the septum. For those Beverly Hills patients who do suffer from a deviated septum, during this initial meeting, Dr. Nima will carefully review your options with you and work with you to develop a plan to correct the problem, which is usually covered by insurance.
Occasionally, patients may wish to combine a Rhinoplasty procedure with a Septoplasty as long as they are already undergoing surgery. Dr. Nima will consult with you to determine if such combination is advisable. Please check out our pages on the various Rhinoplasty procedures for further information.
The Septoplasty Recovery Process
During the procedure known as Septoplasty, Doctor Nima makes a small incision inside the nose resulting in no visible scar. The deviated portion of the cartilage is isolated and either removed or shifted back into place to correct the breathing problems. Dissolvable sutures are used, and there is no uncomfortable nasal packing afterwards.
Septoplasty at Eos Rejuvenation in Beverly Hills is performed as an outpatient procedure so that patients can return home that same day. Swelling will occur for up to two weeks following but can be minimized by limiting intense forms of exercise such as running, weight lifting, and playing contact sports. Intense activities such as these can increase blood pressure and the risk of heavy bleeding.
Recovery from septoplasty can be accelerated by elevating the head while sleeping at night and not blowing the nose for at least two weeks following surgery. Patients can also wear shirts that zip or button down the front to avoid pulling clothing over the head and accidentally bumping their noses.
After surgery, you should immediately enjoy easier breathing through your nose, better and sounder sleep and improved stamina. Of course, if you should have any should have post-operative concerns, we welcome a return visit.
Septoplasty Frequently Asked Questions
Can an injury to my nose be the cause of a Deviated Septum?
Yes, a deviated septum can be caused by an injury to the nose that causes the nasal septum to shift out of position. Contact sports, auto accidents, and falling down are just some injuries that can cause a deviated septum. A deviated septum may also occur as a birth defect or at the time of childbirth.
People who engage in contact sports or rough play can reduce their risk of getting a deviated septum by wearing a protective helmet or face mask during these activities. Wearing a seat belt at all times when driving or riding in an automobile may also help prevent a deviated septum. A deviated septum can be repaired with septoplasty by Dr. Nima at Eos Rejuvenation in Beverly Hills.
How is a Deviated Septum repaired?
During a septoplasty to repair a deviated septum, the plastic surgeon makes a tiny incision inside the nostril and moves the septum back into place in the middle of the nose. In some instances, the surgeon may remove the deviated portion of cartilage. Dissolvable sutures are used to close the incision so patients can comfortably recover from their procedures without returning to their surgeons to have sutures removed.
The placement of the incision inside the nostril results in no visible scarring after septoplasty. Rhinoplasty may also be performed following repair of a deviated septum to modify cartilage and reshape the nose.
Can I undergo a Septoplasty and a Rhinoplasty at the same time?
Many septoplasty patients decide to combine their procedures with rhinoplasty so that they can repair uneven nostrils and nose shape at the same time as their deviated septums. Combining septoplasty and rhinoplasty can be highly convenient as it allows patients to recover from both procedures at the same time with less downtime.
Those who want to undergo rhinoplasty at the same time as a septoplasty can find out if they qualify for this combined nose procedure during their initial consultation with Dr. Nima in Beverly Hills. Dr. Nima can assess the structure and appearance of the nose and advise whether it’s beneficial to undergo both procedures simultaneously.
For more information on septoplasty or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Nima, contact his office in Beverly Hills at (310) 772-2866.