Deviated Septum Repair: Explained
At Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York, our Manhattan and Long Island nose job specialists have expertise in deviated septum repair surgery. The septum is the wall of bone and cartilage in the middle of the nose that separates the two nasal passages.
An ideal septum is straight with equal airway passages on each side. However, the septum may become deviated, or crooked, during normal growth or as a result of injury, such as a broken nose.
A deviated septum may also be congenital. Deviation of the septum is often associated with breathing problems and can lead to snoring and sleep apnea.
At the nose job Manhattan and Long Island centers of Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York our nose specialists on the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team, performs septoplasty surgery for deviated septum repair.
This surgery may be performed at the same time as rhinoplasty to improve the cosmetic appearance of the nose. While septoplasty for nasal septum repair may be covered by insurance, cosmetic rhinoplasty generally is not.
The Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Team typically performs deviated septum repair using a closed technique in which all incisions are confined to the inside of the nostrils. Working through these incisions, the doctor will reposition and straighten the septum by trimming, repositioning, and replacing portions of the cartilage and bone as needed.
The incisions are then closed and internal nasal splints may be placed inside the nostrils to help hold the nose and septum in their new position. The nasal surgery typically takes one or more hours to complete and may be performed with general anesthesia or with local anesthesia and sedation.
After Deviated Septum Repair Surgery in our Rhinoplasty Centers
Swelling after rhinoplasty, bruising and bleeding will occur after deviated septum surgery. Because internal healing takes time to resolve, the final result may not be evident for several months after nose reconstruction takes place.
Patients may also experience some discomfort which can be alleviated with medication. Splints placed in the nose after nasal septoplasty surgery are typically removed within seven days.
Most patients are able to return to work and other normal activities within several days. For a combined nasal septoplasty and rhinoplasty recovery time may be longer.
Septoplasty for the repair of a deviated septum is a very rewarding procedure for many individuals suffering from nasal airway obstruction and it can significantly improve one’s breathing and quality of life.
To learn more about septoplasty at our nose job surgery centers, contact Advanced Cosmetic Surgery of New York today.
You may also view rhinoplasty pictures in our nose job before and after gallery.