Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct structural abnormalities in your nose. It’s also an area of specialty for Arash Moradzadeh, MD, a skilled plastic surgeon serving the community of Beverly Hills, California, at AM Facial Plastics. If you’d like more information about septoplasty or other surgical procedures, call the office to book your consultation today. Fast and easy online scheduling is also available.
Your septum is the narrow span of bone and cartilage that divides your nostrils. If this area of tissue is not oriented in a straight manner, your nose might not be able to drain properly. This condition is called a deviated septum.
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure that straightens your septum. It’s a relatively straightforward surgery that can greatly improve your quality of life.
Some people are born with structural abnormalities in their nose. For others, a traumatic or sports injury or a broken nose can alter the placement of the septum.
If your septum does not create a straight, equal space in both of your nostrils, it could affect your breathing. Nasal drainage can also be negatively affected.
Signs of a deviated septum include:
Septoplasty usually takes place under general anesthesia, helping you rest comfortably from start to finish. Dr. Moradzadeh creates small incisions inside your nose to lift the soft tissue lining each nostril and access the underlying bone and cartilage. He then reshapes those tissues, removing excess where needed, to enhance breathing and drainage.
Dr. Moradzadeh was among the first surgeons in the nation to use the PDS™ Flexible Plate in septum surgeries. This device is a thin, perforated sheet that provides additional support as your septum heals, then dissolves away with no need for a removal procedure.
An endoscope provides Dr. Moradzadeh the ability to “see” the bone and cartilage of your septum during the procedure. Once he removes abnormal tissues and the proper structural support is in place, the recovery process begins.
A degree of discomfort and nasal discharge is normal in the days following septoplasty. Take steps to avoid strenuous activity and sneezing or blowing your nose for around 10 days to give your body a chance to heal.
Over-the-counter non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medication can relieve discomfort, and nasal saline sprays can help keep your nasal lining moist as needed.
To explore septoplasty in more detail, call the office of Arash Moradzadeh MD or book an appointment online at your earliest convenience. You can discuss whether septoplasty is right for you and whether your health insurance may cover the procedure.