Our board-certified plastic surgeons at Austin Plastic Surgery Institute perform medically necessary nose surgeries to correct a deviated septum. What is a septum? A nasal septum is an important structure within the nose, as it is the thick band of fibrous tissue and bone that separates the two nasal passages, as well as supports the nose and its airflow. A deviated septum is a medical nose condition that occurs when this bone and/or cartilage is not straight, thus constricting the natural airflow. It can also result in a nose appearance that looks unnatural or imperfect. Mainly patients who are diagnosed with a deviated septum suffer from sleep apnea and snoring. Septoplasty by our Austin PSI plastic surgeons straightens the nasal septum, resulting in an alleviation of these symptoms, as well as a more cosmetically appealing nose.
“I had a rhinoseptoplasty due to a deviated septum. I was extremely happy with the results, the timing of the surgery, and the recovery. Dr. Hayden's attention as a doctor is phenomenal and he is a good person. His staff is very knowledgeable, quick to respond with any inquiries, and they have payment plan options with Care Credit. I bought Arnica tablets from his office so my swelling went down very quickly post-surgery.”
– L.C. /
Feb 05, 2018
Septoplasty surgery is performed through an incision made inside the nostril. The tissue covering the septum is lifted and separated so that a clear view of the inside of the nose can be achieved and the bone and cartilage assessed. During the procedure, the deviated structures are removed or reshaped to correct the issue, while at the same time preserving the shape of the nose. The incision is closed with sutures. As part of the post-operative preparation, the surgeon usually places a splint or soft plastic sheets inside the nose to help reduce scar tissue and to help align the septum as it heals. Nose packing may be used in some cases to control bleeding.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 weeks
- Post-op Follow-up
- 3 weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Breathing Issues Only?
Some patients will choose to have Septoplasty to help alleviate symptoms of a deviated septum. However, many of these patients like the look of their nose and thus are worried that surgery will change this. While this surgery does aim to correct medical problems, it can alter the appearance of the nose just slightly—depending on how much cartilage is lost or if a graft is used to rebuild a portion of the bone. It is important to go to an experienced nose surgeon so that any visible change are natural and subtle.
What Causes This?
Some individuals are born with a deviated septum, and for many, the symptoms worsen as they age. Experts believe that birth trauma is a cause of this condition; trauma later in life such as an injury is also a cause. The majority of the adult population has a deviated septum, but only a small percentage of those adults have symptoms severe enough for surgery.
Plastic Surgeon or ENT?
Most ENT surgeons are skilled to perform Septoplasty. The key in whether or not to use an ENT surgeon or a plastic surgeon usually revolves around results regarding physical appearance. Plastic surgeons are specially trained to preserve the look and shape of the nose, or change it according to patient desire. Some plastic surgeons may send their patients to an ENT for the Septoplasty, while they focus on rhinoplasty. It’s important to note that if a rhinoplasty surgeon cannot perform Septoplasty, then patients should consider finding a new nose surgeon. The septum plays a critical role in rhinoplasty. A plastic surgeon with distinct nose surgery experience will understand this importance and thus be able to perform the surgery for both function and aesthetics.
*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.