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Septoplasty (Deviated Septum Surgery) in Houston, TX

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What is Septoplasty?

Nose surgery is not only performed for cosmetic reasons, but can be used for medical reasons, such as to alleviate breathing problems. To correct a deviated septum, the band of thick fibrous tissue that separates the nasal passages, septoplasty surgery can be performed. A deviated septum can occur because of genetics, trauma, or a birth defect. However, Dr. Anthony E. Brissett, a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon, can repair a septum that is deviated or crooked to ease the airflow to correct and prevent breathing difficulties, snoring, and other complications. Repairing the septum can also have cosmetic ramifications since a crooked septum can cause the nose to appear crooked. Correcting the septum can effectively straighten out the nose.

What Are the Benefits of a Septoplasty?

There are a number of benefits to a septoplasty, including:

  • Improved breathing
  • Better quality sleep
  • Reduced risk of future conditions, such as sinus infections
  • Enhanced smell and taste
  • Long-term results

Who is a Candidate for SEPTOPLASTY?

The best candidates for septoplasty surgery:

  • Have a deviated or crooked septum caused by genetics, birth defect, or trauma
  • Have breathing issues
  • Suffer with snoring
  • Desire a long-term solution
  • Desire a natural look

What to Expect during SEPTOPLASTY

Septoplasty is generally an outpatient procedure and can be performed under general anesthesia or a lighter version (twilight sedation). This surgery requires no external incisions since the plastic surgeon will lift and separate the tissue that covers the septum. This allows the surgeon clear access to the various nasal structures. The damaged structures will be reshaped, while not affecting the overall shape of the nose. The internal incisions will be stitched close afterwards. The surgical process lasts 1 – 1.5 hours.

In some cases, a septoplasty is performed in conjunction with turbinate reduction surgery, which affects proper nasal air flow. Septoplasty can also be combined with rhinoplasty surgery to correct cosmetic nasal issues.

how long is recovery after SEPTOPLASTY?

Following septoplasty surgery, there’s little pain, discomfort, swelling, or bruising. Most patients can return to their normal activities within a week. The patient should notice improved breathing soon after the surgery, which should continue to improve in the weeks and months following surgery.

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How do I know if I need septoplasty?
If you experience chronic nasal congestion, difficulty breathing through your nose, recurring sinus infections, snoring, or sleep apnea, you may benefit from septoplasty.

How long does the septoplasty procedure typically take?
The duration of a septoplasty procedure can vary depending on the complexity of the case. On average, the surgery takes around 1 – 2 hours. However, it's important to note that the actual time may differ based on individual factors, such as the extent of the deviation and the need for additional procedures.

What is the recovery process like after septoplasty?
After septoplasty, patients may experience mild swelling, congestion, and discomfort for a few days. Our team will provide detailed post-operative instructions to follow, including medication for pain management and nasal care. It is advisable to take some time off work or school to rest and allow the healing process to take place.

Improve Your Breathing

Breathing freely and sleeping well without the nuisance of snoring should be natural occurrences. Unfortunately, a deviated or crooked septum can prevent proper airflow, which can have unwanted consequences. With a successful septoplasty, patients can breathe normally. To learn more about this surgery, give us a call today to set up a consultation.

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