While rhinoplasty is used to correct the appearance of the nose, septoplasty is used to correct functional abnormalities and breathing obstruction. A deviated septum is a condition in which the passages inside the nose are not vertically aligned. This can make breathing difficult and can cause side effects such as recurrent nose bleeds. The condition can be congenital or can be acquired through injury. Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that can correct a deviated septum and alleviate its related symptoms.
During septoplasty, Dr. Chin straightens the nasal passages. He may also remove excess or damaged cartilage if it is blocking air passages. Splints may be used to hold the nasal passage in its new position and facilitate better breathing. Septoplasty can be done through the nose without requiring an external incision. It can be done under local or general anesthesia and is usually an outpatient procedure.
Nasal packing may be placed in the nose following septoplasty. Patients do not usually experience significant bruising unless they have a rhinoplasty procedure in conjunction with their septoplasty. Patients must take care to avoid any injury or trauma to the nose while it is healing.
The health risks of septoplasty are low. In rare cases, bleeding, infection, or a reaction to the anesthesia can occur.