Determining whether or not you’re a good candidate to undergo septoplasty surgery, also known as deviated septum surgery, is the initial step in moving forward with the procedure. Often times, patients find that becoming educated about the procedure and visiting a board certified head and neck surgeon can help them make the decision.
Listed below are several of the most common frequently asked questions that I hear most often. If you have additional questions pertaining to septoplasty or deviated septum symptoms, please contact my office today.
Q: What is the septum?
A: The septum is composed of bone and cartilage and it separates the right and left side of the nose. The septum should be straight to allow air to easily flow through both sides of the nose. If the septum is twisted or deviated to the side, it can obstruct the nasal passageway. This is why a deviated septum can cause nasal obstruction.
Q: What is septoplasty?
A: Septoplasty is surgery to correct a twisted or deviated nasal septum to make it straight. This will improve nasal breathing. During the surgery, all of the incisions are made inside of the nose and a part of the septum is removed. Part of the septum is left in the nose and is important support structure of the nose.
Q: How do I know if I need septoplasty surgery?
A: Septoplasty is often performed for people who are suffering from a deviated nasal septum, which impairs their ability to breath. The best way to determine if you need septoplasty is to be examined by a board certified otolaryngologist or head and neck surgeon (conveniently that would be me). There are other medical causes that can make it difficult to breath through your nose, allergies, chronic sinusitis, and nasal inflammation to name a few. In addition to surgery, patients may need to take medications to have the best outcome. If I determine that a deviated septum is one of the main causes of nasal obstruction, I will recommend surgery.
Q: Is septoplasty successful?
A: Septoplasty surgery is a very safe and successful surgery. Individuals who undergo the procedure report improvement in breathing through their nose.
Q: How long does swelling and bruising after septoplasty last?
A: Swelling and bruising after a septoplasty is minimal and the nose returns to normal over one to two weeks. Because deviated septum surgery is shorter and less invasive than a rhinoplasty, the healing time is quick. Within a few days, you should be feeling normal and back to your daily routine.
Q: Can I undergo deviated septum surgery and a rhinoplasty at the same time?
A: Yes, it is common to undergo both a septoplasty and a rhinoplasty at the same time. At my office in Charlotte, I often perform a procedure called a septorhinoplasty which both improves both the function and the appearance of the nose. This is a great procedure for individuals because it does not add any additional healing time to the procedure as it would if the patient decided to undergo the two separately.
Q: Will septoplasty change the shape of my nose?
A: Septoplasty will not change the shape of your nose. A septoplasty only changes the inside of the nose, therefore, there will be no changes to the appearance of the nose.
Q: Who should perform deviated septum surgery surgery?
A: It’s important to select an experienced surgeon whom you feel comfortable and trust. Because I am a board certified head and neck surgeon as well as have a specialty in facial plastics, I’m able to bring my patients a unique knowledge that relies heavily on both the form and function of the nose.
Q: If nothing is done about my deviated septum, what will happen?
A: If you’re suffering from a deviated nasal septum but choose not to undergo surgery, you may find relief in nasal sprays or other medication, though these will only work to an extent. Surgery is a permanent solution to correct a breathing problem.
Find Out If Septoplasty Is Right For You
Deciding to undergo deviated septum surgery to improve the breathing through your nose is an important decision, and one that should be made with the help of an expert nasal surgeon. If you’d like to learn more about how I can help you achieve better breathing, please contact Carolina Facial Plastics today to schedule your initial consultation by calling (704) 908-3063. As a board certified head and neck surgeon in Charlotte, I have a unique education in not only the aesthetics of the face and nose, but the functionality as well.
For additional information regarding septoplasty in Charlotte, please contact my practice today.