What Is Septoplasty?
While rhinoplasty is used to correct the appearance of the nose, septoplasty addresses a deviated septum. The nasal septum is the cartilage inside the nose that separates the nostrils, and a deviated septum is a condition in which the septum is misaligned. This condition can develop congenitally or result from an injury. Patients with a deviated septum may suffer from functional abnormalities related to the nose, such as obstructed airways or recurrent nosebleeds.
What Are the Benefits of Septoplasty?
- Restores natural breathing through the nasal airways
- Eliminates facial pain associated with a deviated septum
- Prevents frequent nosebleeds caused by a deviated septum
- Helps straighten a crooked nose
What Can Be Achieved With Septoplasty?
People who struggle with a deviated septum may experience snoring or breathing problems that negatively affect their quality of life. A septoplasty can adjust the septum to restore natural, unobstructed nasal passageways, improving airflow through the nose.
When combined with rhinoplasty, septoplasty can enhance nasal function and also create pleasing nasal contours that will complement the rest of your facial features. Since a misshapen nose is often a point of insecurity, this combination of procedures can help increase your confidence.
What Will My Septoplasty Procedure Be Like?
During your procedure, Dr. Chin will make an incision inside of your nose to gain access to the septum. This is usually performed at the time of a rhinoplasty procedure. Then, the septum is straightened, and any excess or damaged cartilage is removed. Splints may be used to hold the nasal passage in its new position as it heals.