Septoplasty is a reconstructive procedure designed to correct a deviated septum; a structural deformity that typically results in mild to severe breathing problems. It may be performed to straighten a crooked nasal appearance. A deviated septum occurs when the bone and cartilage wall that separates the nostrils becomes displaced or deformed, obstructing the nasal passageway. When left untreated, you can experience several recurring conditions, including nasal congestion, nosebleeds, difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils, and excessive snoring.
Relief from breathing problems: Septoplasty
A septoplasty can bring significant relief from nasal issues and restore healthy breathing. In some cases, a septoplasty can achieve a modest aesthetic improvement to the external appearance of the nose.
Do I need a septoplasty?
A deviated septum can be present at birth or acquired later in life by injury or trauma to the nose—which often happens with contact sports. If an injury causes excessive bleeding, a septal hematoma may occur and eventually result in a damaged septum if not treated appropriately.
The condition varies in severity, from person to person. The most common symptom experienced from a deviated septum is difficulty breathing through the nose. If you have a moderate to severe problem, septoplasty provides a highly effective, long-lasting solution.
Symptoms of a deviated septum
Septal deviation causes a nasal obstruction, which can result in uncomfortable chronic side effects and affect your quality of life. These side effects may include one or more of the following:
- Breathing difficulty
- Nasal congestion
- Loud, disruptive snoring
- Face pain
What are the benefits of septoplasty?
While septoplasty is considered more of a functional procedure than a cosmetic treatment, it can provide a modest aesthetic improvement, as the internal nasal structure is straightened. Even though the changes are made internally, your outer nose appearance may be straighter and more attractive.
Rhinoplasty and septoplasty
The surgery can also be performed in conjunction with cosmetic rhinoplasty (also called septorhinoplasty) to improve the appearance of the nose while simultaneously repairing the inner structure of the nose.
Why choose Dr. Jacob Sedgh?
As a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon specializing in nasal surgery, Dr. Jacob Sedgh uses the most advanced surgical techniques to repair a deviated septum and restore healthy breathing function while improving the appearance of the nose.
- Dr. Sedgh has exceptional credentials and is double board-certified
- He trained under the world’s most acclaimed facial plastic surgeons
- You can expect ongoing support from our friendly, approachable team
- Dr. Sedgh has a deep understanding of facial aesthetics and is known for achieving results beyond expectations
- Dr. Sedgh merges mastery of his craft with technically advanced surgical skills in every surgical nose repair
What can septoplasty do for me?
After undergoing a custom septoplasty, you can expect the following benefits:
- Straightened septum
- Improved breathing
- Relief from chronic nasal issues
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Your first step: A diagnosis.
An accurate diagnosis is crucial for the success of this surgical procedure. It is imperative that you choose a surgeon with a background in otolaryngology and who fully understands the intricate anatomy of the nose and the complexities involved in nasal airway surgery.
In your first preoperative meetings with Dr. Sedgh, he will interview you about your medical history and current respiratory problems. He will also perform a thorough evaluation of the nasal cavity to determine the appropriate surgical technique to employ. You can also expect the following:
- Complete physical examination
- Rhinoscopy and other diagnostic tests
- Explanation of the procedure and techniques to be used
- Discussion of the proposed surgical plan
If you are unable to meet with us for an in-person consultation, Dr. Sedgh can conduct your initial preoperative meeting via video conference. For overseas or out-of-town patients, his office can also help arrange transportation and accommodation, as well as concierge and aftercare services.
How septoplasty works: Step by step
The incision approach will depend on the complexity of the surgery. A closed rhinoplasty approach, with incisions placed within the nostrils, is appropriate for less complex cases. However, in some cases, an open rhinoplasty approach will be required, as greater visibility is needed to correct the internal nasal structure.
To begin the procedure, Dr. Sedgh will carefully make a small incision on one side of the columella to access the septum. Through this incision, alignment is corrected by repositioning, trimming, or in some cases, replacing the bone and cartilage. He may also remove any excess bone or cartilage blocking the nasal passages while taking special care to preserve enough cartilaginous septum for optimal nasal tip support.
In some cases, spreader grafts (to widen the nasal valve) are placed to treat middle vault narrowing and avoid internal nasal valve collapse.
Soft internal splints or packing material may also be used to hold the septum in place. The mucous membrane, which is repositioned to cover the septum, may also be held in place with the help of dissolvable sutures.
A septoplasty can be performed with cosmetic rhinoplasty to promote a straighter, more attractive nose appearance. By utilizing a highly individualized approach, Dr. Sedgh consistently delivers natural-looking, structurally sound results. The procedure typically takes one to one and a half hours, depending on the complexity of your condition.
A commitment to excellence: Dr. Sedgh
As part of his commitment to exemplary patient care, Dr. Sedgh will personally monitor your recovery starting the day after your surgery and continuing for up to a year. Regularly scheduled follow-up appointments, whether in-office, over the phone, or via video conference, allow Dr. Sedgh to oversee your postoperative experience and ensure the integrity of your results as well as your optimum health and wellbeing during the recovery period.
Comfort & Transparency From Start To Finish
When under the care of Dr. Sedgh, you will feel comfortable, cared for, and you will understand every aspect of your upcoming treatment, whether surgical or non-surgical. His approach to facial enhancement is to achieve a refreshed, natural look – with transparency, honesty, and the highest level of ethical treatment, from start to finish.