Not every surgical procedure done on the face is for cosmetic purposes, although a desirable aesthetic result is equally as important. Procedures like the Septoplasty, used to address issues relating to a deviated
septum can improve the appearance of the nose, while restoring proper function.
What Is A Deviated Septum?
The septum is the wall of cartilage that separates the two nostrils. A deviated septum is off-center, often making one nasal passage smaller, restricting airflow. Individuals with a deviated septum may find it hard to breathe. Other complications can include frequent nose bleeds and sinus or facial pain.
A deviated septum is often present at birth, but it can also be caused by trauma to the nose. It may or may not be visually apparent to others, so patients looking to repair this issue through facial plastic surgery are typically looking to improve function primarily.
What Happens During a Septoplasty?
When you have cosmetic surgery to repair your deviated septum, a small incision will be made on one side of your nose, providing access to the septum. Then the cartilage of the septum will be moved over to the correct location. If there are any extra pieces of bone or cartilage, they will be removed during this process. The mucous membrane that is lifted to gain access to the septum will then be put back in place, and stitches will be used to hold the septum and mucous membrane in place while it heals.
Recovering From Deviated Septum Surgery
After surgery, your nose will be packed in order to control bleeding. Typically, this can be removed a day or two after surgery. Swelling, and some bleeding are common following surgery, and you can aid the recovery process by:
Keeping your head elevated when lying down.
Avoid pulling clothing over your head.
Avoid blowing your nose for about three days.
You’ll likely find that you experience improved breathing immediately, or within a couple of days of surgery. While you’ll be able to return to normal activities much sooner, you can expect the total healing time for your nose will be up to a year, as cartilage takes time to heal fully.
Deviated Septum Surgery By a Leading Facial Plastic Surgeon
Dr. Bittar and Beau Visage has experience in repairing deviated septums with great results. Contact our office to setup a consultation and discuss your cosmetic surgery options.