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.
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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.
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.
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.