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Correcting The Deviated Septum with Septoplasty

If you suffer from nose bleeds or breathing difficulties, septoplasty to correct a deviated septum may be your answer. Drs. Solieman and Litner are among Los Angeles' top specialists in this surgery.

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Functional Nose Procedures

Written by Dr. Litner and Dr. Solieman

Many patients are unaware of the differences between a Rhinoplasty, a surgery procedure intended for primarily aesthetic purposes, and a Septoplasty, a corrective procedure meant to alleviate complications of a deviated septum. A correctly formed nasal septum is straight and serves to normally separate the passageways, through which the oxygen 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 disturbance. Typically, medical insurance companies cover the costs of fixing functional nasal problems due to a deviated septum.

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Who Can Have a Deviated Septum?

A deviated septum can be present at birth, can be developmental, or can result from 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 to control symptoms, a Septoplasty is the only solution that can permanently correct a crooked septum and restore nasal breathing.

What is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty essentially straightens the deviated septum so that respiration can more easily take place. A small incision is made inside the nostrils, through which the bone and cartilage of the deviated septum are removed or repositioned after removing the nasal lining tissue. 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 tissues of the nasal septum to fully settle into place.

A septoplasty 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

Septoplasty or Rhinoplasty?

While, Rhinoplasty 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 help to cover this procedure.

Why Consult PROFILES Beverly Hills for a Septoplasty

Drs. 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, and can rest comfortably in their care, knowing that the surgeons of PROFILES Beverly Hills are among the leaders in the field. Contact us today for a consultation!

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