Rhinoplasty, also referred to as nose surgery, is a surgical procedure that can shorten or lengthen your nose, change its shape or contour, narrow the nostrils, or lift and define the tip.Curabitur iaculis quis justo nec tincidunt. Etiam id elit, vel tincidunt nulla. Vestibulis accumsan ipsum non justo aliquam malesuada.Details
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated nasal septum – a displacement of the bone and cartilage that divides your two nostrils. During septoplasty, your nasal septum is repositioned. This may require your surgeon to cut and remove parts of your septum before repositioning it.
When planning septoplasty, your surgeon considers your symptoms, such as breathing difficulties, and the physical structure and features of your nose.
Why Septoplasty is done?
Ideally, the nasal septum is positioned in the center (midline) of the inside of your nose so that the airway on each side is about equal. However, you may have a deviated septum, in which the septum is displaced to one side. A deviated septum can cause breathing difficulty and sometimes can contribute to other symptoms such as nosebleeds.
If you experience symptoms, such as nasal airway obstruction, that significantly affect your quality of life, you may consider surgery to correct a deviated septum.
Risks of Septoplasty
As with any major surgery, septoplasty carries risks, such as bleeding, infection and an adverse reaction to the anesthesia. Other possible risks specific to septoplasty include:
Persistence in previous symptoms, such as nasal obstruction, despite surgery
Change in the shape of your nose
An opening in the septum (septal perforation)
Decrease in sense of smell
A collection of blood in the nasal space that would need to be drained (septal hematoma)
Before scheduling septoplasty, you must meet with your surgeon to discuss benefits and risks of the surgery. This meeting generally includes:
Before septoplasty, you may also need to:
Septoplasty requires local or general anesthesia, depending on the complexity of the surgery and your surgeon’s preferences.
During surgery, the incision is closed with absorbable thread. Soft silicone splints may be inserted inside each nostril to support the septum. To prevent postoperative bleeding, your doctor may place bandage-like material in your nose.
To further decrease the chances of bleeding and swelling, your doctor may ask that you follow these precautions for several weeks after surgery:
Avoid strenuous activities, such as aerobics and jogging.
Don’t blow your nose.
Elevate your head when you’re sleeping.
Wear clothes that fasten in the front; don’t pull clothing, such as shirts or sweaters, over your head.
Though results are permanent, cartilage and tissue may gradually move or reshape over time. Because of the slow healing process, final results may not be evident for up to a year or more after surgery.
Most people find that septoplasty improves their symptoms, such nasal obstruction, caused by a deviated septum. The level of improvement you can expect with septoplasty may vary.
Some people find that their symptoms continue even after surgery and opt to undergo a revision septoplasty to further refine the nose and septum.