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
"If you are researching plastic surgeons and are struggling to select the right one, look no further. Everything about Dr White, including his wonderful staff, made my experience of having a rhinoplasty / septoplasty one of the best things I've ever done in my life. I shopped around and visited with many different surgeons in the Dallas area, and while many of them have very good credentials and plenty of decent reviews, none of them even came close in comparison to Dr White. Let's just say, he had me at hello. He was so careful during the initial consultation with me, he spent over an hour just talking with me, looking at my nose, commenting on what he would do, discussing my fears and concerns, and educating me on the process as well as what I should look for if I were to choose another Dr which I thought was very cool. Additionally, the preparation that he puts into your surgery makes you feel like you are his only patient. He spent hours taking photographs of my nose, and when I asked him why he takes so many (over 300!), he said it's because he takes the best ones and puts them up in the operating room so he can make sure he is doing the best possible job to fix the things I don't like about my nose. I was very fearful about undergoing surgery (I have young kids and those fears do sink in about something happening on the operating table), I was fearful that the results would make me look fake or would completely change my appearance and I wouldn't be me anymore, and I was also fearful that the Dr would make a mistake and cut off my ability to breathe because I was having my nostrils made smaller and for some reason I thought this might effect my ability to breathe thru my nose. What became apparent very quickly was Dr White has done hundreds of nose jobs (both outside and inside the nose), and given he started his career as an ENT, he has about the best understanding of the anatomy of the nose than anyone. He also operates in a highly regarded hospital, and uses real anesthesiologists who know what they are doing to keep you safe during surgery. In the end, I couldn't have imagined a better result and my nose is beautiful, I feel beautiful for the first time in my life, and my breathing is actually BETTER than before the nose job because he worked his magic on the inside of my nose too. If you are considering any other doctor in the Dallas area, you are crazy. Don't do it - Dr White should be your first and last stop and you will be very pleased with the results. Dr White really cares about making his patients happy. One last thing, Dr White told me that 50% of the rhinoplasty procedures he does are revision surgeries. Now that should be evidence enough that he knows what he is doing! Don't go anywhere else or you could be in that group of people who are going back a second time and paying way more than the first time to fix the mistakes of a less experienced and qualified surgeon!!"- Anonymous / RateMDs / Jan 20, 2015
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.