When the bone and cartilage that separates the nose openings is not straight, or if it becomes damaged, a condition known as a deviated septum occurs. The septum is a major section of the nose that supports airflow and when damage to it occurs, breathing can become difficult. It can also result in a nose appearance that does not look normal. Septoplasty is a nose surgery offered by Dallas, TX plastic surgeon, Dr. Steven J. White, which corrects a deviated septum. It is a specialized procedure that straightens the nasal septum offering significant improvement of nasal-related symptoms, as well as a visual outcome that results in a natural appearing nose.
Cosmetic Surgeon VS ENT?
Septoplasty can be performed by an ENT (ear, nose and throat doctor), or a plastic surgeon. The difference in which to use sometimes comes down to physical appearance. Plastic surgeons, especially those trained in cosmetic nose surgery and rhinoplasty, have the experience and artistic skill necessary to preserve the look and shape of the nose. While the septum plays a big part in rhinoplasty, not all rhinoplasty surgeons are experience to perform septoplasty. Patients should do their due diligence in ensuring their nose surgeon understands both function, as well as aesthetics of the nose, so that a desirable and effective outcome can result.
"Dr. White is amazing. I've worked with him and other surgeons in the Dallas area for over 5 years and I consider him a friend and have tremendous respect for his surgical ability and prowess. He diagnosed my nasal obstruction and was able to clear my nose for the first time in years. I am so happy and breathing easy!"- G.G. / Yelp / Feb 25, 2013
"I went to Dr. White for a rhinoplasty/turbinoplasty/septoplasty in January. Everything was excellent, from consult, to operation day, to post-op. Dr. White himself, office and administration, and the nurses and hospital staff were all highly professional and friendly. I was very scared before the procedure because I'm an anxious person in general, but everything went about as smoothly as possible. The results are great, my nose is natural looking and more functional. Thank you Dr. White and staff!"- G.U. / Google / Mar 18, 2016
"As long as I can remember, I have suffered from not being able to breathe through my nose. I would often wake up with a dry mouth due to sleeping with my mouth open from not being able to breathe. I was also told that I would snore in my sleep. About 5 years ago I was informed that I had a deviated nasal septum and enlarged turbinates. Dr. White is double board certified in both ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) as well as Plastic Surgery. Since he has done other cosmetic procedures on me, I fully trusted him, given his extensive background and expertise. Dr. White is extremely thorough, and patient safely is his top priority. He explained everything he does to avoid complications. I was cleared by a group of internal medicine specialist prior to my operation to make sure there were no underlying issues that would interfere with having general anesthesia. This all made me feel completely safe and in good hands. I was hand walked through the entire process from start to finish which made me feel comfortable knowing what was going on and what to expect. I had my surgery about 6 weeks ago on my septum and turbinates and I am over the moon! There was no removable packing, very little bleeding post-surgery, no nausea, and no visible swelling or bruising. I returned to work just after 1 day!! My internal splints were removed after 10 days and I have felt like I have a brand new nose. I can breathe better than ever before, I no longer wake up with a dry mouth, and I have been told that my snoring has stopped. I would recommend anyone suffering from seasonal allergies and/or nasal obstruction to have this procedure that literally changes your quality of life. Dr. White and his entire staff are the absolute BEST!!"- L.2. / Google / Jun 25, 2016
"Dr. Steven White...what can I say? I love the man. There is no doctor I have ever trusted more than this one. He is God's hands on this Earth. I had one other procedure with Dr. White in 2015. I knew what to expect in terms of the process and the lead-up to surgery. This one was no less excellent. The office team and Dr. White had me thoroughly prepared. They are compassionate, informative and just plain fun to be around and to talk with. How many Doctor's offices can you say this about? This was a revision rhinoplasty/septoplasty. Dr. White had to do extra work on me because of my situation and nasal scar tissue/trauma from the past. He was energized by the challenge. That was clear. More importantly, he successfully dealt with the challenge and achieved everything I could hope for. The nose is such a prominent feature on the face. This is why the careful screening and selection of a Doctor for this type of procedure is so critical. I can save you a lot of time. Choose this one. Training? He has certification as an ENT (Ear Nose Throat) specialist and of course as a plastic surgeon. The skills are there. He would not stop until he made my nose the best my body would let it be. The drive is there. He checked on me repeatedly and showed such compassion for me. The empathy is there. Side note: he showed this kind of compassion and regard for other personnel like nurses and auxiliary staff. Most exemplary and rare in the field of medicine and life in general. I don't know what else I could ask for in a Doctor. He is a consummate professional. Downside One: the cost. He isn't inexpensive but I promise you that you will get what you pay for. Downside Two: if you aren't ready to be a compliant patient in terms of instructions, then you will find Dr. White insistent. My advice: just trust and comply then watch the magic ensue. One last reason to choose Dr. White especially for rhinoplasty/septoplasty: it's his favorite procedure to perform. The results are amazing and as Dr. White says, the clean lines and nasal features reduce turbulence on the face. An observer is able to see your face and it just flows. I am thrilled by the results and clearly I would recommend him to anyone. P.S. Please ask Dr. White to show you my before and after pictures. He will know which one I am. You will be amazed."- Google User / Google / Jan 02, 2017
"I went to see Dr. White, because he is also an otolaryngologist. I had been putting off my septoplasty and turbinectomy for a long time, because I'm very habitual and I have a daily routine. I can't stand being "laid up." However, I'm very glad I had the surgery. Not only but do I breath much better and, not to be gross, but I had no idea that blowing your nose was supposed to be this easy. I chose Dr. White because of his fantastic reviews all over the internet and because I didn't know much about the procedure, so if they were going to be cutting my nose open (they didn't), I wanted a plastic surgeon doing it.Now I breathe so much better, and I don't take Claritin D nearly as often. I can tell that my nose is still healing too. He even mentioned that it takes a good amount of time to completely heal in the informative videos you watch before your procedure. If you have a blockage, I definitely recommend getting the procedure done. Your allergies won't bother you nearly as much, and being able to breathe out of both nostrils is pretty amazing.... and no, your nose won't look different, unless you want him to make it look different."- J.H. / Google / Jul 24, 2017
During septoplasty, the bone, tissue and cartilage covering the septum are lifted and reconstructed until proper airflow has been maintained. This is accomplished through a small incision made inside the nostril. During this process, the shape of the nose is preserved, unless the patient has asked for nose reshaping to take place at the same time. This is discussed in great detail during the consultation and pre-operative appointments so that all expectations are known prior to surgery. Once the incisions are closed, a soft plastic splint is put on the nose to serve as protection, and in some cases, to help control bleeding, nose packing may be used.
Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure that is performed under general anesthesia. After surgery, swelling and bruising will occur around the nose and under the eyes, and a splint will be worn for several days to help protect the nose. Recovery usually takes about 7-10 days. Breathing will become easier, and any other symptoms related to the deviated septum will significantly improve.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 2-4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breath Easier Today!
Whether you were born with a deviated septum, or have one now due to trauma or injury, a septoplasty surgery can help restore your breathing and preserve the natural look of your nose. Some patients will choose to have septoplasty to help alleviate symptoms, as well as rhinoplasty at the same time to alter the look and shape of their nose. This is a personal choice and one we are happy to discuss with you during a private consultation. We invite you to call our plastic surgery office today and learn more.