If you always feel like you have a stuffy and runny nose — there might be more to it than you think. If you find that in addition to a stuffy nose, you also have occasional nose bleed or trouble sleeping and snore often, there is a good chance you have a deviated septum causing nasal obstruction. A deviated septum is commonly misunderstood by both medical professionals and patients alike. In order to fix the issue as well as alleviate your symptoms, you will want to talk to a board certified facial plastic surgeon who specializes in septoplasty.
Dr. Kevin Sadati, of the Orange County Nose and Sinus Center, is one of the leading facial plastic surgeon in Newport Beach that specializes in this procedure. Septoplasty brings his patients not only physical improvement but also allows them to breathe easier and often sleep better at night. A septoplasty is the procedure which corrects the deviated septum, but some patients require a septorhinoplasty which fixes the deviated septum while also adjusting the nose so it is no longer crooked. This is not considered a cosmetic nose job, and it is a medical procedure designed to help patients feel better both inside and out.
Septoplasty is a surgical operation designed to straighten a deviated nasal septum. A deviated septum can cause obstruction of nasal airway as well as external nasal deformities know as crooked nose. The septoplasty procedure can be done in combination with other procedures such as rhinoplasty, endoscopic sinus surgery and turbinate reduction known as turbinectomy. Some of Southern California patients even think septoplasty is the same as a nose job or rhinoplasty, which is not true. Although, some people use having a deviated septum as an excuse to have a rhinoplasty, septoplasty by itself can only help patients breathe better, and more importantly, sleep better.
In cases of crooked noses caused by trauma, many expert rhinoplasty surgeons believe that almost any deviation of fractured nasal bone involves a simultaneous fracture of the septal cartilage. Therefore, correction of the external nose (rhinoplasty) without addressing the septum will cause the nose drift back to its original and unsatisfactory position. The procedure that corrects a crooked nose is called septorhinoplasty.
In order to understand if septoplasty is the right procedure for you, you must understand the anatomy of nose. The nasal septum works like a wall that divides the nasal cavity into right and left side. The front part is made of cartilage and the back of the septum is made of bone. A crooked or deviated septum can lead to significant nasal obstruction, stuffy nose, in these cases a septoplasty can be offered when other medical therapies have failed to response.
However, having a mild deviated septum doesn’t translate to a stuffy nose that requires a septoplasty. Most people have mild degree of deviated septum without any symptoms. There are other anatomical parts that may impede your ability to breathe well. These include nasal turbinates, nasal valves, and nostrils. The turbinates are wing-like structures located on each side of the nasal walls. They create turbulence and rotation of the air that enters the nose. This will help the air to be warmed, filtered, and humidified before entering the lungs.
There are many ways to perform a septoplasty either using a closed or an open technique. The most important point is that it should be done well. Top rhinoplasty surgeons perform septoplasty through small internal incisions then lift the septal membrane, remove the crooked part of the septal bone and cartilage. In some cases they reshape the crooked cartilage and put it back in the nose, and in other instances they completely remove the deviated portion.
If you are finding yourself having trouble sleeping at night, or your partner is complaining about incessant snoring, now might be the time to consider a septoplasty surgery. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Kevin Sadati, a nose specialist, today to discuss this procedure and whether or not it might be the right procedure for you. It could be the step you need to take in order to change your life for the better.