Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that straightens the bone and cartilage, dividing the space between your two nostrils called the septum. When your septum is crooked, it is known as a deviated septum. A deviated septum can make it hard for you to breathe through your nose and increase the risk of sinus infections due to poor drainage. You can be born with a deviated septum, or it can occur from an injury to your nose. Septoplasty is the only facial plastic surgery Newport Beach that can completely fix your deviated septum. Your specialist can examine your nose through nasal endoscopy to have a detailed view of your situation for effective surgery.
The procedure can be done under local or general anesthesia. The form of anesthesia your surgeon uses will depend on how complex your surgery is and what you prefer. Local anesthesia is only limited to your nose. Your surgeon injects the anesthesia into your nasal tissue, and you can also be sedated through IV medication. The medication makes you dizzy but not entirely unconscious. General anesthesia involves inhaling an anesthetic agent or receiving it through IV administration. This anesthesia affects your whole body and induces a temporary state of unconsciousness.
Your surgeon makes an incision on one side of your nose to access the septum during the procedure. The surgeon will lift the mucous membrane, which is the protective covering of the septum. The deviated septum is then moved to the correct position. Your surgeon removes any barriers, such as extra pieces of bone or cartilage. The incision is closed with an absorbable suture. You may need stitches to hold your septum and membrane in place. Packing the nose with cotton can also help to keep them in position. Your doctor can place bandage-like material on your nose to prevent postoperative bleeding.
After surgery, healthcare providers will move you to a recovery room where the staff watches and monitors you for any complications. You can go home after you recover from the pain-numbing medication. But you will need someone to drive you home. Your doctor will give you precautions to enhance quick and successful recovery.
After surgery, you may have to elevate your head when sleeping and blow your nose for several weeks. Ensure you wear clothes that fasten in the front and not the ones you need to pull over your head, like shirts or sweaters. Avoid strenuous activities like aerobics and jogging for up to five weeks to avoid causing a nosebleed. Depending on the complexity of your operation, you may not have to follow all these precautions.
Your nasal tissues will become stable within three to six months. The cartilage and tissues will gradually move and reshape over time. You may observe more changes up to one year after the surgical process. The level of improvement will vary in different patients. In some cases where the symptoms do not improve, you may have to undergo a second Septoplasty to reshape your nose and septum further.
Successful Septoplasty will improve your breathing, sleeping, and nose appearance. Schedule an appointment at Alexis Furze, MD, for Septoplasty to enhance the quality of your life.