Written by Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman 12/09/19

Many patients are unaware of the differences between a rhinoplasty, a surgical procedure intended for primarily aesthetic purposes, and septoplasty, which is a corrective procedure meant to alleviate complications of a deviated septum.

A correctly formed nasal septum is straight and normally separates the passageways through which air passes. A deviated septum, from birth or as a result of breaking your nose, constricts the nasal passage, blocking oxygen intake and causing nasal obstruction. This can also lead to nasal dryness, bleeding, crusting, and sleep disturbances. Typically, medical insurance companies cover the costs of fixing functional nasal problems due to a deviated septum.

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How Does One Get a Deviated Septum?

A deviated septum can be present at birth, can be developmental, or can result from an injury sustained to the nose. In patients with a deviated septum, the nasal septum is displaced to one side and airflow is thereby restricted. While adhesive strips or medication can help minimally control symptoms, a septoplasty is the only solution that can permanently correct a crooked septum and restore nasal breathing.

What is Septoplasty Surgery?

Septoplasty essentially straightens the deviated septum so the patient can breathe easily.* A small incision is made inside the nostrils, through which the bone and cartilage of the deviated septum are removed or repositioned, which happens after removing the nasal lining tissue.

Results and Recovery Expectations

After the procedure, the incision is closed with absorbable sutures, and splints may be applied to help the healing process and to reduce the potential for scarring. The surgery is considered to be an outpatient procedure requiring no hospital stay and is done while the patient is under general anesthesia. Following surgery, incisions generally heal quickly. It can, however, take several months for the nasal septum tissues to fully settle into place.

Ideal Candidates for Septoplasty Surgery at PROFILES

A septoplasty procedure is recommended for patients who:

  • Have a significantly crooked nose, but who do not want to change the appearance of the nose through a combined rhinoplasty procedure
  • Have difficulty breathing
  • Have frequent nosebleeds or crusting due to dryness
  • Have difficulty exercising or sleeping due to nasal obstruction

Risks and Side-Effects Associated with Septoplasty

Some of the temporary side-effects and potential risks that come with septoplasty surgery include:

  • Pain and discomfort during the recovery
  • Noticeable swelling and inflammation
  • Adverse reaction to anesthesia
  • Slight risk of infection
  • Temporary numbing of the upper gum

While there are risks associated with undergoing a septoplasty, we work closely with all of our patients to minimize these. Moreover, we will take you through every step of the procedure to ensure that all of your questions are answered so that you can rest assured knowing that you are in the right hands.

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Septoplasty or Rhinoplasty?

While rhinoplasty surgery is performed with the intent to modify the look of the nose, septoplasty improves the function. For patients who wish to correct breathing difficulties caused by a deviated septum while simultaneously wishing to make their nose more aesthetically pleasing, a septorhinoplasty is recommended. This procedure would fix the deviated septum as well as reshape the crooked shape of the nose, which can be common among those with deviated septums. Depending on the motive and degree of necessity of the surgery, insurance may cover this procedure.

Why Consult PROFILES Beverly Hills for a Septoplasty

Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman of PROFILES Beverly Hills are both renowned, double board-certified facial plastic surgeons serving patients in the Beverly Hills and greater Los Angeles area and beyond. They have each successfully treated hundreds of patients, helping them to enjoy normal nasal breathing.

During your consultation, our top-rated surgeons at PROFILES Beverly Hills will evaluate whether septoplasty is the answer to your breathing, crusting, or bleeding issues. You can be assured that they have your best interests in mind. You can also rest comfortably in their care, knowing that the surgeons at PROFILES Beverly Hills are among the top in the field of plastic surgery. Contact us today for a consultation!


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