A deviated septum can inflict a lifetime of annoying breathing-through-the-nose problems and painful sinus issues. Some are born with a deviated septum, while others get one from an injury later on in life – and it can worsen over time. Unfortunately, it causes nasal congestion, sinusitis, facial pain, headaches, loud snoring, sleep apnea and other harmful or unpleasant health conditions.
Surgery is commonly the only way to restore nasal passages fully. Luckily, it is not as scary as it sounds. The operation to repair a deviated septum, known as septoplasty (or turbinate surgery), is a quick outpatient procedure that only takes around an hour to perform. The life-changing procedure will relieve your nasal passage obstruction. Afterward, you will breathe easy and sleep better, feeling better overall.
What is a Deviated Septum?
The septum is the inside wall of your nose made of bone and cartilage that divides the right and left nostrils. It is supposed to run straight up and down, but a deviated septum leans off to one side, causing blockage of the nasal passage.
The obstruction can be mild or severe, with some people unable to breathe through their nose at all. For those who have to resort to mouth-breathing, there are many additional health risks involved.
How Septoplasty Can Help
The nasal passages deliver oxygen and filter warm and cool air entering the nose. They are an essential part of respiratory function and any obstruction reduces the ability of air to flow through and prevents proper nasal drainage. Hence, you have a higher risk of frequent nasal infections if you have a deviated septum. Furthermore, if the breathing problems interfere with your sleep, you’ll feel tired all day.
Septoplasty is a nose surgery that corrects the position of the septum, rectifying any structural abnormalities causing your breathing impairment. It repositions the bone and cartilage to where it should be, in the center of the nose, opening both nasal passages so air can flow freely in and out.
Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty at the Same Time
Rhinoplasty is nose surgery for aesthetic purposes. We can perform rhinoplasty and septoplasty in one operation. So, you can make cosmetic changes to your nose while having your deviated septum fixed!
Joshua D. Rosenberg, MD, is a highly-experienced dual board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon whose priority is to improve your health while also ensuring the results are aesthetically pleasing.
If you have a deviated septum, you do not have to go on through life coping with abnormal breathing habits. Instead, contact Dr. Rosenberg at his office in NYC or Upper East Side to discuss rhinoplasty options, schedule a septoplasty consultation and begin your journey to an improved nose.