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If you have deviated septum then you’re not alone. In fact, strictly speaking, most people have some degree of imbalance when it comes to the size of their breathing passages, even if they’re not aware of it. However it’s only when the bone and cartilage between the nasal cavity is significantly off center when it starts to impair breathing function.

You might have always had a deviated septum since birth or developed it due to injury or trauma. In any case, a deviated septum can cause many problems, including facial pain, headaches, nosebleeds and loud breathing, especially during sleep. Thankfully there is a way to repair a deviated septum, through a form of plastic surgery known as septoplasty.

 

Septoplasty explained

Septoplasty is performed under general anesthetic and although some significant changes are made to the bone structure, it’s actually a fairly straightforward procedure, with most patients being able to go home the same day.

During a septoplasty, the bone and cartilage that’s causing the blockage in the nose is reshaped or removed if necessary. Prior to this the mucus membrane is removed and will be put back in place once the major work to the bone and cartilage is done. The entire process usually takes between 1 to 1 ½ hours.

Although you’re usually able to resume normal activities within a few days, it’s recommended that you take a week off school/work so you have enough time to recover.

 

Can septoplasty be combined with rhinoplasty?

Although septoplasty isn’t typically used for cosmetic purposes, it can be combined with rhinoplasty if your aim is to improve breathing function and change the appearance of your nose too. The advantage to having a rhinoplasty performed at the same time as septoplasty is that the cartilage obtained from the latter can be used for the rhinoplasty.

 
Book a consultation

If you’d like to book a consultation for septoplasty, or a combination septoplasty/rhinoplasty surgery then get in touch. At the consultation you’ll be able to have all your questions answered in a pressure-free environment as well as having your questions answered.