Rhinoplasty procedures are performed to alter the cosmetic appearance of one’s nose.
Revision rhinoplasty procedures can correct imperfections from previous rhinoplasty procedures.
SEPTOPLASTY (DEVIATED SEPTUM)
Septoplasty procedures are performed to correct deviated septums.
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Septoplasty is a surgical procedure used to correct a deviated septum and improve breathing. Septal deviation can occur naturally during development or as a result of traumatic injury to the nose. It can restrict airflow within the nose, causing difficulty breathing, frequent sinus infections, and inflammation of the membrane inside the nose. If these symptoms negatively impact your quality of life, call Eisemann Plastic Surgery Center today to find out about septoplasty in Houston.
Since Dr. Eisemann is board certified in Otolaryngology, a medical specialty focused on the ears, nose, and throat, he is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat nasal obstructions. With Dr. Eisemann’s 30 plus years of experience and three board certifications, you can feel confident knowing that your nose in good hands.
Before scheduling a surgical procedure, you will need to come in for a consultation. At that time, Dr. Eisemann will discuss with you your symptoms. He will perform an overall assessment of your nose, and check for any airway problems or obstructions.
Once the assessment is complete, Dr. Eisemann will discuss with you how he can address those problems and achieve your desired outcome with surgery.
The purpose of septoplasty is to straighten the septum, the thin divider between the nasal passages, and restore regular nasal airflow.
For the duration of the septoplasty procedure (one to two hours depending on the complexity of the patient’s condition) patients are sedated with general anesthesia.
First, the surgeon makes an incision inside the nose. Then, the membrane which covers the septum is lifted. The surgeon then straightens the septum, removing bone and cartilage as needed. The membrane is then replaced and the incision is stitched up.
Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so patients are allowed to go home the same day. After surgery, your surgeon may insert packing in your nose to limit bleeding. Usually the packing is removed one to two days after surgery.
It is common to experience some swelling and congestion from the procedure, but these symptoms generally improve within one week. You can use oral pain medications to manage any discomfort you experience following your septoplasty. As your swelling goes down, your breathing should start to improve immediately.
Many patients are able to return to work within a week or two of their surgery, but you should avoid strenuous activity until your surgeon approves it. If you’re interested in septoplasty in Houston, call to schedule a consultation with Dr. Eisemann
Does insurance cover septoplasty?
Since septoplasty is a medical procedure that improves an individual’s overall health, many insurance companies will cover the procedure, at least in part.
Does septoplasty change the appearance of one’s nose?
In most cases, septoplasty will not alter the appearance of your nose. In some cases however, removing cartilage and bone can slightly change the look of your nose. To ensure that your desired nose shape is maintained, it’s important to work with an experienced facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Eisemann. If you are interested in changing the appearance of your nose in addition to improving its functionality, you can pair your septoplasty with a cosmetic rhinoplasty procedure. In many cases, pairing the procedures is more cost and time effective.