Septoplasty is a procedure to correct a deviated septum to allow for improved breathing. A deviated septum occurs when the cartilage dividing the space between your nostrils (septum) is crooked, which can make it harder to breathe through the nose and increase the risk of sinus infections. The septum can become crooked naturally as an individual grows or through injury.
Individuals who have been diagnosed with a deviated septum and are looking to improve breathing through the nose can benefit from a septoplasty procedure. Ideal candidates will be physically healthy and have a nose that is finished growing (16 years for girls and 1-18 years for boys). Please schedule a consultation appointment at our office today to learn more about candidacy and if this procedure is right for you.
Septoplasty can be performed under general anesthesia or local anesthesia and is done on an outpatient basis. A doctor at North Valley Cosmetic Surgery will cut a wall on one side of the nose and lift or remove the membrane that covers the septum. This allows access to the inside of the nose to reshape the bone and cartilage. Sometimes, parts of cartilage and bone are removed and then reshaped and repositioned. The mucosa will then be placed back over the septum and the incision closed with absorbable sutures. This entire procedure takes about 30-90 minutes to complete.
It is important to understand that septoplasty itself does not change the shape of the nose. However, it can be combined with rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum and improve the appearance of the nose.
Following septoplasty, your doctor may place splints or soft packing into your nose to hold nasal tissue in place and prevent the formation of scar tissue. Swelling and discomfort may occur, though over-the-counter (OTC) or prescribed medication can help with symptoms. You may be given instructions to use saline sprays to clear nasal congestion. When sleeping, be sure to keep your head propped up to reduce swelling. You should also avoid strenuous activities and exercise for up to five weeks to avoid nosebleeds. We will share post-op instructions with you to ensure that you heal properly for optimal results.
Many patients can enjoy improved breathing with a septoplasty. If you are interested in learning more about this procedure and how it can benefit you, contact our Scottsdale, AZ office today to schedule a consultation. At North Valley Cosmetic Surgery we are dedicated to providing top-notch care to each and every one of our patients.