Do you suffer from frequent sinus issues, chronic snoring or poor nasal breathing? It may a deviated septum. The nasal septum is the wall of cartilage and bone that separates or divides your nose into two separate nasal cavities. Not only does the septum play a critical role in breathing, but it also helps to define the nasal tip and support the middle of the nose.

The Problem With a Deviated Septum

When the septum is off-center or “deviated” from the midline of the nose, it can cause a number of breathing problems, including chronic sinusitis, snoring, frequent nosebleeds, dry mouth and even headaches and facial pain. To restore proper functionality to the nose, a septoplasty may be needed. Septoplasty is the preferred treatment for a deviated septum. When performed by an experienced and skilled nasal plastic surgeon, proper breathing is restored while the cosmetic appearance of your nose is also maintained or enhanced.

What Happens During Septoplasty?

An experienced rhinoplasty plastic surgeon is uniquely equipped to address both cosmetic and functional problems of the nose. When it comes to deviated septum repair, the breathing efficiency of your nose should be considered just as important as the nasal appearance.

Septoplasty is designed to straighten the nasal septum and eliminate any blockage or obstruction that is causing your discomfort. When done as a stand-alone procedure, it is performed entirely through the nostrils as a closed approach procedure, which prevents external incisions, bruising and scarring. It is common, however, to have deviated septum repair in conjunction with rhinoplasty, especially for patients who are also unhappy with the way their nose looks. A rhinoplasty can improve the size, shape and symmetry of the nose and include the bridge, tip or nostrils.

At Precision Medical Specialists, we have a keen understanding of the delicate and complex features of the nose. When it comes to functional issues like a deviated septum, a plastic surgeon can provide corrective surgery to improve quality of life without compromising the aesthetics of this central facial feature.

To learn more about our plastic surgery options for the nose, please call our Wellington office.