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What is a deviated septum, and what are the signs?
A deviated septum describes situations where the thin wall of bone and cartilage (the septum) between your nasal passages is displaced. It may be that the septum is off-center, causing one nasal passage to be narrower than the other.
If your septum deviation is severe, then you may have reduced airflow, and this can make it hard to breathe. Breathing through the nose, in severe instances, can cause bleeding or crusting. You may also experience swelling or congestion in your nose.
However, a lot of people who have a deviated septum do not have any symptoms at all, and you may not even realize that you have one. Even so, some of the signs that you can look out for include:
- Difficulty breathing through one or both nostrils
- Regular nosebleeds
- Facial pain
- Sleep issues, such as snoring or sleep apnea
- Sinus infections
What is septoplasty?
A septoplasty is a surgical procedure that can be used to fix a deviated septum and resolve the symptoms it causes for patients.
Incisions are made inside the nostrils, and then a surgeon will cut, remove and reshape parts of the septum to resolve the issue. The aim is to straighten the bone and the surrounding cartilage and position it back in the centre of the nose. Ideally, this procedure will result in a better and easier breathing function, improved sleep, heightened senses, and fewer infections.
A septoplasty is typically performed under general anesthesia, but local anesthesia can be used depending on the individual circumstances of the client. Either way, it’s an outpatient procedure, so you’ll typically go home on the same day as the surgery.
Who is a good candidate for septoplasty?
A septoplasty can help you to breathe much easier. If you have a deviated septum and it’s having a clear, significant impact on your life, then you are a good candidate for surgery. In particular, patients with the following circumstances are ideal candidates:
- Struggle to breathe correctly through their nose
- Suffer from regular sinus infections
- Ongoing issues with sleep
- Above the age of 18 and don’t smoke
How long does it take to recover, and what results can I expect in the months after surgery?
A septoplasty procedure lasts for around 30 to 90 minutes and will normally be done under a general anesthetic.
At the end of the procedure, the incisions will be closed with dissolvable stitches that gradually disappear over time. An alternate option is to use a splint (which will need to be removed a week later), but this will be discussed and decided in your consultation.
The recovery is relatively quick as, unlike in a rhinoplasty, the nose is not broken, and only small, internal incisions are made. Most patients feel better within a few days and are back at work after a week.
You can expect to see an early improvement in your breathing, usually after the first week after the swelling subsides. This will continue to improve over the coming months as the bone and cartilage of the septum settle into their new position.
It’s important to remember that the nose is very small and intricate. So, although a septoplasty is only a minor procedure, finding someone who you can trust to do it correctly is imperative.
What issues can a deviated septum cause?
If you have a severely deviated septum, then this can reduce your airflow, making it hard to breathe. The exposure can lead to your nose drying out, which can lead to crusting or bleeding.
Will my voice change after septoplasty?
Many people worry their voice might change after they have had a septoplasty. In particular, performers and singers are often concerned with how a septoplasty could affect their range.
However, there’s little to worry about. In fact, by opening up blocked nasal passages, you’ll allow more air to pass through.
More air will then be able to resonate within your nose or sinus, adding some luster to your voice. As a result, often, people who undergo septoplasty find that their voice actually improves.
If you do not have a severely deviated septum, then you may not see a change at all. Either way, it is very rare to experience negative consequences from septoplasty.
Will I have visible scarring?
A septoplasty is performed within the nose, so most of the incisions (and, therefore, the scars) are not visible. Depending on how deviated your septum is, and the scale of the surgery required, you may see some very small scars on the base of your nose. Most of the time, these are not noticeable at all.
If you need some help with your deviated septum or if you would like to find out more about the procedures you can undergo, then we highly recommend that you give our team a call today. We’d be happy to help.
WHAT PATIENTS ARE SAYING
“Wonderful experience and fantastic results with Dr. Liland and his staff. If I had known how easy and quick the recovery would be, I would have done it much sooner.”N. Fatemian
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Where are we located?
Our office address is:
3500 Oak Lawn Ave
Our office is north of Dallas city centre. We’re in Turtle Creek, our office is in the building on the corner of the crossroads where Oak Lawn Avenue and Lemmon Avenue meet.
How to reach us
- By Bus: Two bus stops are located on either side of Lemmon Avenue, directly outside the office. They are served by the 207 bus route.
- By Car: It’s a 10-minute drive from the City Center District. Take Cedar Springs Road northwards, continue as the road merges into Turtle Creek Boulevard, then turn left onto Lemmon Avenue. Several car parks are available nearby, with the closest being next door, accessed via Welborn Street.
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Dr. Liland is a board-certified plastic surgeon. He has years of experience in septoplasty and other cosmetic procedures.
If you want to take the next step and learn more about your options, contact us online or call us. Dr Liland will help you determine whether treatment is right for you and, if so, which solution best suits your needs.