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.
"For years I had issues with headaches and sinus due to deviated septum. I had been to physician consults before but never felt confident in the surgeon. I was recommended to Dr. White so I researched his reviews and set up a consultation. Dr. White's explanation of the procedure and process made me confident and my surgery and recovery was unbelievable. Others who had the procedure said to expect swelling and bruising. The best thing was I had neither. I wish I had known about Dr. White sooner. Now I can breath and have no sinus issues. I would highly recommend Dr. White and his professional staff for any procedure you might be considering."- N.M. / Google / Oct 22, 2021
"The most important factor in obtaining a good result from your cosmetic surgery is the surgeon you choose to perform it. I am so proud of the decision I’ve made to choose Dr. White. If I had researched this much for my schoolwork, I would have gotten A’s on my papers. This is probably the only good thing that happened in my life in 2020!I had rhinoplasty second week of June. I cannot emphasize enough how happy I am. I had no pain, mild congestion (of course!). Not any surgeon would have done this, you need an artist and a real doctor like Dr. White. The only uncomfortable part was the sleeping position. Besides the shape and size, the best part is that I can breathe!! I already like it with the swelling, and I know I’m going to love it when the swelling goes down."- P. / Healthgrades / Aug 03, 2020
"Dr. White and his entire staff (Melanie, Jamie, and Ashley) were absolutely amazing during my entire rhinoplasty process. Dr. White's sublime skills as a surgeon are equaled by the stellar professionalism of his staff. Highly, strongly, and without hesitation recommend Dr. White."- J.Z. / Google / Nov 05, 2021
"I just left Dr. White’s office, and as always, they are just amazing. I had a rhinoplasty done recently. The entire experience with Dr White, Melanie and his whole staff was wonderful and I’m already so happy with the results. Dr White is so personable and caring and really takes the time to spend with you and discuss what to expect during and after your procedure. I particularly love how meticulous he is with his work, especially with scarring. I am getting ready to have my tummy tuck done next week. I know I am in good hands with Dr White and his staff and look forward to getting this one done so I can move on to my breast lift. Haha"- K.E. / Google / Dec 01, 2021
"Dr. White is truly a master at his craft. I had a septo, rhino, and turbinoplasty done by him a month ago. I was hesitant since I’ve never had a surgery or any sort and anesthesia scared me for that reason but he has an amazing anesthesiologist Dr.Zipper who made it feel like it was nothing cause I was out and up within 5 minutes and my surgery was done. It was insane to me. My results are so good it’s honestly scary I had no idea that this is what breathing is supposed to feel like. This was the most beneficial thing I could’ve ever done for myself and I’m so glad I picked Dr.White. From the start he explained everything I needed and what he thought would benefit me and I’m glad I listened it’s been a month so I’m still a bit swollen but the results speak for themselves. He and his whole staff is super attentive and caring about you before,during, and after the surgery. It also helps that they’re all good looking people which honestly was a factor to why I picked him over other doctors who seemed like they didn’t care about who they hired or the patients. Incredibly happy with my decision and my new functioning nose is all I could ever ask for and more."- S.F. / Google / Jan 28, 2022
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.