Septoplasty or nose surgery on your septum is performed by a nose surgeon to improve breathing. A septoplasty can be combined with rhinoplasty for a septorhinoplasty nose job that can help improve both breathing and appearance. Medicare item numbers may apply to your nose surgery for functional reasons if you meet strict criteria.
Dr Doyle is a Queensland Plastic Surgeon based on the Gold Coast and a Nose surgery expert. He has performed hundreds of nose jobs in the last 30 years.
What is the Septum?
Our nostrils are separated from each other by a bony and cartilaginous wall called the nasal septum. This separation is important as it keeps the airflow open and facilitates breathing. The deviation of this septum towards one side, however, can result in a size difference between the nostrils with one nostril smaller than the other.
The septal deviation may be present since birth or can be the result of a nasal injury. It often presents as difficulty in breathing, frequent nosebleeds, and sometimes, facial pain. You can correct the septal deviation by undergoing a septoplasty procedure.
What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a medical procedure performed with the purpose of correcting the deviated nasal septum. The procedure may also involve the repositioning of the septum to make it central.
Septoplasty can significantly improve your breathing and improve your facial aesthetics as a deviated nasal septum can negatively affect the appearance of your nose and face. More often than not, the septoplasty procedure is performed along with rhinoplasty to achieve the best results overall.
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Am I a good candidate for Septoplasty?
You are a good candidate for septoplasty if you are facing breathing difficulties, nosebleeds, and recurrent infections due to a deviated nasal septum. If you are snoring and getting little to no sleep due to the deviated septum, then you may be eligible to undergo a septoplasty procedure.
You should also be physically healthy, non-smoker, and have realistic goals and expectations from the procedure to be considered for Septoplasty. Your surgeon will discuss all of these criteria with you during your consultation to make sure you meet them all. This is important as going further with the procedure without meeting the criteria can significantly increase the risk of complications for you.
What are the benefits of Septoplasty?
Septoplasty procedure has various medical, psychological, and cosmetic benefits. Correction of the nasal septum deviation can improve your breathing and clear the nasal obstruction that may be present. Along with that, you will no longer have to worry about persistent and recurrent sinus infections that can occur in the presence of a deviated nasal septum.
If your sleep has been affected by breathing difficulties that arise from a deviated nasal septum, septoplasty can guarantee a significant improvement in your sleep quality. Septoplasty will also get rid of your snoring, which can affect your and your partner’s sleep. No more sleepless nights for you or your partner.
A deviated nasal septum can give your nose a crooked appearance which can lead to reduced self-confidence. However, septoplasty can rectify the deviation and improve the appearance of your nose.
If you are not satisfied with the overall appearance of your nose, you can undergo the septoplasty procedure along with rhinoplasty and completely alter the nasal structure. This is guaranteed to give you a confidence boost and improve your nasal appearance.
What’s involved in a Septoplasty Procedure?
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that can take anywhere between 60 minutes to 90 minutes, depending on each case. For the procedure, you have the choice of general anesthesia or local anesthesia with intravenous sedation. Your surgeon will inform you of the best option for you.
Septoplasty procedure, if performed on its own, is done completely intranasally with little to no external scarring. However, if the septoplasty procedure is being performed with rhinoplasty, an incision is made on the tissue separating the nostrils called the columella.
The decision on whether the procedure is to be performed on its own or with a rhinoplasty procedure is made during the consultation visits. During this phase of your journey, it is highly recommended that you are completely honest about your expectations and goals from the surgery. This will help your surgeon plan the procedure accordingly and will ensure that you achieve your desired results.
After making the initial incision on one side of the nose, your surgeon will lift the mucosal lining covering the septum and separate it from the nasal septum. The same step is repeated on the other side of the septum.
Separation of nasal mucosal lining must be done with extreme care as it is quite thin and can tear easily if not lifted properly. This is why it is always recommended that you choose a board-certified and highly skilled specialist plastic surgeon for the procedure.
The next step in the septoplasty procedure includes correction of the deviated septum and any excess cartilage or bone is removed from the nasal cavity. Once the deviation has been corrected, the nasal mucosal lining is repositioned and the incisions are sutured. Nasal packing and internal splints will be placed in the nasal cavity, and if performed with a rhinoplasty procedure, nasal splints will be placed to stabilize the nose. This marks the end of your septoplasty procedure.
Recovery from a Septoplasty procedure
Full recovery from a septoplasty procedure is a long journey that can take one month to two months. However, you may not experience all benefits of the septoplasty for a year as the nasal tissue may still shift during this period.
The septoplasty procedure is usually performed as an outpatient procedure and you can usually go home the same day, as soon as the anesthesia wears off. After your surgery, you may experience significant swelling and bruising for the first couple of weeks. You may also experience mild discomfort and pain after the surgery but your surgeon will prescribe pain management medications to help you through this.
You should, however, stay away from over the counter medication like aspirin and ibuprofen to relieve your pain as they thin your blood and can increase the risk of bleeding. Your surgeon will prescribe the appropriate medication for you and recommend nasal irrigation to help remove any crusts that can make breathing difficult.
You should refrain from any form of physical activity that has the ability to raise your blood pressure as that can also increase the risk of bleeding and hence, complicate the healing process. You should get rest and allow your nose to heal properly. It is also important that you not blow your nose, for at least three days after the surgery, to ensure proper wound healing.
You should abstain from smoking as it can result in infections and impair the healing process. Similarly, you shouldn’t drink during the recovery phase, especially while taking medications as it can cause more harm and ruin the results of your surgery.
Why choose Dr Mark Doyle?
Dr Mark Doyle is a highly-skilled, board-certified plastic and cosmetic surgeon and the founder of Gold Coast Plastic Surgery. He performs a wide range of cosmetic surgeries and specializes in all nose surgeries including rhinoplasty, tip rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty.
With over 20 years of experience under his belt, Dr Doyle approaches each procedure with up to date techniques and a passion to achieve the patients desired results. Patient satisfaction is his top priority and he makes sure to listen to his patients and know exactly what they need.
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Is Septoplasty worth it?
Septoplasty is a medical procedure that has several benefits such as improved breathing and enhanced nasal and facial appearance. If you suffer from the side effects of having a deviated septum, then you would definitely benefit from the procedure. In this case, septoplasty is totally worth it. In fact, RealSelf has rated septoplasty 95 percent worth it.
You should consult your surgeon to truly determine if the procedure is the right choice for you as it depends on the extent of the deviation and the presence or absence of turbinate enlargement or hypertrophy. But the general consensus is that if you have a deviated septum then you should undergo a septoplasty procedure.
Cost of the Septoplasty Procedure
The cost of septoplasty depends on the specifics of each case and hence, changes from person to person. Moreover, your insurance and Medicare packages play an important role in determining the total cost of the septoplasty.
The overall cost of septoplasty includes surgeon’s fees, anesthesiologist fees, and hospital fees. Hospital fees are only charged if you are undergoing major surgery that needs to be performed in the hospital. If undergoing an outpatient procedure, you don’t have to pay the hospital fees.
You will be informed about the exact cost of your procedure, depending on your insurance coverage and the details of your case, during your consultation. You will be required to pay a deposit to book the surgery date and the rest of the fees should be paid at least two weeks prior to the surgery.
To receive a more accurate estimate of what you can expect to spend on septoplasty, schedule a consultation with Dr Doyle. You can access our list of patient resources to find about more about the cost of septoplasty nose surgery in Australia:
Risks and Complications of the Septoplasty Procedure
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure and like any other surgical procedure, it has certain risks and complications associated with it. These include:
- Septal hematoma, or collection of blood in the nasal cavity
- Poor wound healing
- Side-effects of anesthesia
- Septal perforation
- A decrease in the sense of smell
- Change in the shape of your nose
- Discolouration of your nose, though it will resolve spontaneously
- Temporary numbing of the upper gums and teeth
An important risk factor to consider is the persistence of symptoms despite the surgery, meaning that all of the symptoms of a deviated septum may not be resolved even after the surgery. Another important side effect may be your personal dissatisfaction with the results of the surgery. It is best that you discuss these side effects and complications with your surgeon before deciding to go further with the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will septoplasty change the appearance of my nose?
The height and width of the nasal septum contribute greatly to the shape of the nose. A deviated nasal septum can alter this shape and negatively affect the appearance of the nose. The septoplasty procedure can correct this deviation and improve the appearance of the nose.
If you are generally dissatisfied with the shape of your nose, you should mention that during your consultation in which case, your surgeon may recommend a rhinoplasty procedure along with septoplasty.
Will my nose be broken during the surgery?
The septoplasty procedure focuses on rectifying a deviated septum and it includes repositioning and removal of the bone and cartilage. However, it doesn’t include breaking of nasal bones unless you are also undergoing rhinoplasty at the same time.
Will I need to stay in the hospital after the procedure?
Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure that does not require you to stay in the hospital after the surgery. A couple of hours after the surgery, you will be discharged to go home with certain precautions and rules to facilitate the wound healing process.
Can my voice change after the septoplasty procedure?
Nasal obstruction due to septal deviation and turbinate hypertrophy can affect the voice negatively. Undergoing septoplasty with turbinoplasty can improve your voice by affecting the nasal resonance of the voice.
What is the difference between rhinoplasty and septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a medical procedure done due to the physical side effects of nasal septal deviation with the purpose of correcting the deviation. It helps you breathe properly and get rid of the nasal obstruction.
Rhinoplasty on the other hand is a cosmetic procedure that allows patients to change the symmetry, and size of their nose, hence improving the appearance of the nose.
Both of the procedures can be performed at the same time if you suffer from septal deviation and are dissatisfied with the appearance of your nose.
Will septoplasty improve the post nasal drip?
Although the main aim of the septoplasty procedure is to correct the nasal septal deviation and improve nasal breathing, it has many other benefits. One such benefit includes the reduction of nasal discharge and postnasal drip.
How long should I take off work after the septoplasty procedure?
You should take at least one to two weeks off from work after the septoplasty procedure to allow your nose to heal properly. You may then start going to work but you should still refrain from any strenuous physical activities to ensure proper wound healing.
Why does my throat hurt after a septoplasty procedure?
Your throat may hurt for a while after the septoplasty procedure due to the insertion of the tube in your throat during the surgery. This will resolve on its own and is not a major concern after the surgery.
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To find out more about the Septoplasty procedure, book a consultation with Dr Doyle today.