When one of our rhinoplasty NY patients comes in with a deviated septum, he or she may not necessarily experience dramatic physical complications in terms of appearance.
This condition, however, wherein the septum is misshapen either due to genetics or an injury, may result in certain unpleasant symptoms that are felt rather than seen.
The septum is the area of the nose that separates the nasal passages. Made up of bone and cartilage, this body part may be addressed during cosmetic treatment by our nose job NYC and Long Island surgeons.
When the septum is addressed individually in our practices, in the septoplasty procedure, it is usually because some sort of problem has developed. Because the septum is an integral part of air flow regulation, it is entirely possible that its shape will result in specific breathing problems such as difficulty during times of congestion, or even obstructive sleep apnea. In fact, such breathing challenges account for a good number of cases of rhinoplasty in New York.
Obstructive sleep apnea, which is a sleep disorder that affects breathing, and subsequently reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood, is often associated with the deviated septum. Fortunately, surgeons can clear the obstruction and help avoid the health risks associated with obstructive sleep apnea.
More than chronic snoring, obstructive sleep apnea is a condition in which breathing is halted when the flow of air becomes blocked. In the patient who needs a deviated septum fix, no issues may be experienced during waking hours. When sleeping, however, the muscles surrounding the nasal passages and throat fully relax, closing nasal passages that are already affected by a deviated septum.
Deviated septum repair by one of our rhinoplasty NY specialists is relatively simple, with this procedure taking between 45 and 90 minutes to complete. A closed surgical procedure, the septoplasty is minimally-invasive in that it is precisely performed through the nostrils without incisions made to outside tissues of the nose.
How Surgery is Performed by Our Nose Job Surgeons
During a septoplasty surgery for deviated septum repair, our skilled team is able to correct the shape of the septum and therefore facilitate better breathing by opening the nasal passages.
Before surgery begins in our rhinoplasty NY surgical centers, the patient receives general anesthesia to ensure a comfortable procedure. During treatment, the surgeon makes a small incision in the nostril so that he may directly view the septum.
The bone and cartilage will be reshaped in order to allow for adequate air flow, with enough substance left in place to properly support the nose, another function of the septum. When the septum has been precisely shaped, incisions are closed.
In some instances, soft plastic splints may be placed to facilitate the healing process. Due to the nature of rhinoplasty, patients are able to return home within a few hours following surgery.