Septoplasty is a procedure done inside the nasal cavity which corrects a deviated septum. During a septoplasty procedure, the cartilage and bone that separates the nostrils is repositioned and trimmed to correct the deviation.
Major indications for a septoplasty include nasal obstruction, nasal deformity due to trauma, difficulty breathing through nose and some time for migraine headache. A septoplasty can greatly improve your quality of life by improving breathing and making the nose more functional.
Septorhinoplasty is indicated when the outer structure of the nose is to be altered. Improving the dorsum of the nose or the dorsal hump, refining the shape and contour of the nose or just the nasal tip can all be done by a rhinoplasty. A septoplasty can be done alone or in combination with a rhinoplasty and Dr. Totonchi, plastic surgeon, will help you determine which procedure is needed to obtain your desired goals. If you are considering surgery to improve the function of your nose, then this is a good time to make changes to the structure of your nose if you so desire.
Recovery for a septorhinoplasty is about 2-3 weeks. rhinoplasty or septoplasty alone are done as outpatient procedures. You will have stents placed and sutured inside your nose for 2 weeks. These stents keep the septum and nasal structures in place while healing. An outer splint is also placed or the dorsum of the nose when a rhinoplasty is done in combination with a septoplasty. After 2 weeks, both the stents and splint are removed from the nose. Nasal stents may be taken out sooner when just a septoplasty is performed. Limitations on physical activity are placed for 2-3 weeks to decrease your chances of increased bleeding, swelling and bruising to the nose. Nasal taping may be required for a couple weeks after a rhinoplasty to minimize swelling to the nose and to help shape the nose while the healing process continues.
Using a humidifier in the postoperative period, to add moisture to the air, while your stents are in place, helps to keep secretions thin and keeps the stents from getting obstructed. Gentle nose blowing is allowed after stents are removed. Glasses are not to be worn after rhinoplasty for 6-8 weeks. No contact sports are advised for approximately 3 months post rhinoplasty.
If you are considering making changes to your nose for functional or aesthetic reasons, call for a consultation with Dr. Totonchi, plastic surgeon in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Totonchi will help you determine if a septoplasty alone or rhinoplasty in combination is needed to attain your goals. Call our office for a consultation, 440-461-7999.