Improving Nasal Function with Septoplasty
Rhinoplasty (nose job) is commonly known as a cosmetic, elective procedure. There are, however, many medically necessary procedures that are related to the nose. Septoplasty is a common corrective procedure used to treat a deviated septum.
A deviated septum is a condition in which the cartilage and bone between the nostrils (septum) are crooked or off-center. While most people have slightly uneven nasal passages, those with severely deviated septums may suffer from headaches, nose bleeds, sleep apnea, and other symptoms.
During septoplasty, a surgeon makes an incision in the septum and removes excess bone and cartilage to create even nasal passages. The procedure can be performed under general or local anesthesia and usually takes one to two hours depending on the amount of work needed. Septoplasty results in little swelling or bruising, but a small amount of packing material may be inserted into the nose to aid with healing.
The best candidates for septoplasty should be in their late teens or older in order to avoid complications with natural growth. They should also be in good enough health to undergo general anesthesia and to heal at home. Patients should also be prepared for slight changes in their facial appearance, although it is highly unlikely that physical changes will be noticeable.
Risks of Surgery
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with septoplasty, the most common being infection and excess bleeding. The benefits of septoplasty, especially the ability to breathe properly, almost always outweigh the risks. An experienced physician will be able to inform a patient of risks specific to them.
If an individual is having breathing difficulties and suspects that it may be caused by a deviated septum, he or she should see a physician. Once it is determined that a patient needs septoplasty, a patient should seek out a surgeon experienced in performing rhinoplasty with an emphasis on corrective procedures. For more information on rhinoplasty, contact renowned facial plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Mounsey of Toronto, Canada today at 416.438.2499.