Correct a deviated septum to improve your breathing
A deviated septum not only affects the appearance of your nose, but can cause a lot of problems with the function of your nose as well. If a deviated septum is causing difficulty breathing, talk with Dr. Berman about a corrective procedure called the septoplasty.
A septoplasty is a surgical procedure used to straighten the nose when a deviated septum is present. Not to be confused with the rhinoplasty, which is used to improve the appearance of the nose, the septoplasty’s main goal is to improve its function. Of course, a skilled surgeon will keep both the cosmetic appearance and function of the nose in mind when performed surgery on the nasal structure.
Candidates for a septoplasty procedure are those who experience a deviated septum due to a genetic abnormality, a past rhinoplasty procedure, or a nose injury. Your septum is the tissue that separates the nostrils. When the septum is deviated, or crooked, it can lead to the following concerns:
- Difficulty breathing through the nose
- Chronic congestion
- The appearance of a crooked nose
While no one’s nose is perfectly symmetrical, a severely deviated septum can cause one of both nostrils to become blocked. With a septoplasty, the septum is straightened to open up the airway and improve breathing.
Your septoplasty procedure will be performed with the use of local or general anesthesia to improve your comfort. Your procedure process will be unique to your specific concerns, however, the procedure will involve trimming excess cartilage and repositioning the cartilage and bone to straighten the nose. To do this, an incision is made inside the nose, and occasionally between the nostrils. This results in very little to no scarring after the procedure process. Dr. Berman will go over your unique treatment process in more detail during your initial consultation.
After a septoplasty procedure, patients should be prepared for about 1-2 weeks of recovery time. This will involve some time off work to rest and recover at home. Some side effects like swelling, bruising, and general discomfort can be expected for the first several days. This can be managed with an ice pack and the use of pain medication prescribed by Dr. Berman. Patients should take it easy for the first few weeks, avoiding strenuous activity or movement that could increase blood flow to the nose.
The swelling associated with septoplasty can linger for several more weeks, but as it resolves, patients will be able to enjoy their new, straighter nose with improved breathing.
The septoplasty poses certain challenges that should only be addressed by a board certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Berman is not only certified in plastic surgery, but otolaryngology as well. As an ENT specialist, Dr. Berman has extensive knowledge of the nose and has the experience needed to deliver effective results with the least invasion possible.
To schedule your septoplasty consultation with Dr. Berman in Boca Raton, contact our office at 561-235-3208.