Septoplasty or nose surgery on your septum is a procedure performed to improve breathing. A septoplasty can be combined with a rhinoplasty (septorhinoplasty) which is a nose job that can help improve both breathing and appearance. Medicare item numbers may apply to your nose surgery for functional reasons (problems with your breathing) if you meet the strict criteria.
Dr Doyle is a Queensland Specialist Plastic Surgeon based on the Gold Coast and 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 have breathing difficulties, nose bleeds, and recurrent infections due to a deviated nasal septum. A deviated nasal septum may predispose you to recurrent sinus infections. If you are getting little to no sleep due to the difficulty in breathing with your deviated septum, you may your sleep patterns improve significantly once the obstruction is corrected.
You should also be physically healthy, a non-smoker, and have realistic goals and expectations from the procedure to be considered for Septoplasty. Dr Doyle 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?
A 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 make a significant improvement in your sleep quality. Septoplasty may improve your snoring, which can affect your and your partner’s sleep. Potentially 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 confidence and self-worth. 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, tip rhinoplasty or ala plasty (nostril reduction) and completely alter the nasal structure. This can give you a confidence boost as it improves 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. The procedure is performed under general anaesthesia and is done as day surgery at John Flynn Private Hospital.
A septoplasty procedure, if performed on its own, is done completely intranasally with no external scarring. However, if the septoplasty procedure is being performed with rhinoplasty, a horizontal incision is made on the tissue separating the nostrils called the columella. These scars usually heal really well and are difficult to see.
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 Dr Doyle 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 the procedure should be performed by a highly-skilled specialist plastic surgeon.
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. Dr Doyle does not use any nasal packing or internal splints in the nasal cavity, but external nasal splints will be used particularly if it is performed with a rhinoplasty procedure, to stabilize the nose.
Recovery from a Septoplasty procedure
Full recovery from a septoplasty procedure can take several months depending on the degree of swelling inside the nose. However, you may not experience all benefits of the septoplasty for a year as the nasal tissues 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 after the anaesthesia 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 Dr Doyle 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.
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 the first ten days after the surgery, to minimise the risk of bleeding.
You should abstain from smoking as it can result in infections and impair the healing process.
Why choose Dr Mark Doyle?
Dr Mark Doyle is a highly-skilled specialist plastic surgeon with over 30 years of experience. He has performed many nasal procedures, both for cosmetic and for breathing issues. He performs a wide range of cosmetic surgeries and specialises in all nose surgeries including rhinoplasty, tip rhinoplasty and septorhinoplasty.
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 will not perform a septoplasty unless he is comfortable that the patient has realistic expectations.
Book a consultation with him today to discuss your septoplasty procedure.
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 benefit from the procedure. In fact, RealSelf has rated septoplasty 95 per cent worth it.
You should consult Dr Doyle 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.
What does septoplasty cost in Australia?
The cost of septoplasty depends on the specifics of each case and hence, changes from person to person. Moreover, your insurance and Medicare play an important role in determining the out of pocket costs of the septoplasty.
At your consultation with Dr Doyle, you will be asked to fill out a small 5 question questionnaire. This is from Medicare and depending on your answers will determine if you are eligible for Medicare and therefore an insurance rebate for the procedure.
The overall cost of septoplasty includes surgeon’s fees, anaesthetist fees, and hospital fees.
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 pricing resources to find about more about the cost of septoplasty nose surgery in Australia:
You will be informed about the exact cost of your procedure, depending on your insurance coverage and the details of your case, during your initial 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.
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 anaesthesia
- 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
Uncommonly there may be a persistence of symptoms often less severe than initially 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 Dr Doyle before deciding to go further with the procedure.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does deviated septum surgery cost Australia?
The price of deviated septum surgery or Septoplasty costs less than a traditional rhinoplasty. It is indicative of the lower end price point of rhinoplasty surgery, which has been outlined in our cosmetic surgery price list guide.
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, Dr Doyle 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. You will be discharged to go home when you have fully woken up from your anaesthetic.
Can my voice change after the septoplasty procedure?
Nasal obstruction due to septal deviation and turbinate hypertrophy can affect the voice. Undergoing septoplasty with turbinoplasty can change your voice by affecting the nasal resonance of the voice.
What is the difference between rhinoplasty and septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a medical procedure performed to correct the physical side effects of nasal septal deviation with the purpose of correcting the deviation. It helps you breathe better by removing the nasal obstruction.
Rhinoplasty on the other hand is a cosmetic procedure that allows patients to change the symmetry, size and shape 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. It may reduce nasal discharge and postnasal drip.
How long should I take off work after the septoplasty procedure?
You should take at least one week off from work after the septoplasty procedure to allow your nose to heal properly. The correct time to return to work will be dependent on your occupation. 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 be uncomfortable 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 specific to septoplasty.
Book a consultation
To find out more about the Septoplasty procedure, book a consultation with Dr Doyle today.