Thousands of people undergo rhinoplasty in Gainesville each year for a number of medical and aesthetic reasons. A crooked, bulbous or wide nose can cause a person to feel self-conscious about their appearance. Septoplasty is a common procedure used within rhinoplasty to correct issues within the nasal bone and cartilage and restore proper breathing and nasal function to the patient. For more information about this procedure or to schedule an appointment for Gainesville plastic surgery, contact Poser Plastic Surgery Center.

What Is Septoplasty?

Deviated septums are a common problem among a significant portion of people. Many people suffer in silence as they may not be fully aware of the underlying cause of their chronic sinus stuffiness. Some may not realize that their septum is crooked, and blockages can occur further in the nasal cavity where it is impossible for a patient to see. If the soft tissues which line the nasal cavity become overgrown, the result may be issues with breathing.

What Does Septoplasty Entail?

Septoplasty is a relatively simple procedure to perform and it lasts for about an hour for the majority of patients, at which time patients are placed under general anesthesia. Dr. Poser begins the septoplasty by making small incisions inside of the nose to locate the septum. The mucous membrane is carefully moved and the septum is repositioned. If the bone within the cavity is broken or if there is extra cartilage due to an injury, Dr. Poser will remove the excess growth to allow for proper healing. Some patients may either require stitches or cotton coverings to keep the septum in position during recovery.

Am I A Candidate For Septoplasty?

As with the majority of cosmetic surgery procedures, there are a number of minor risks to septoplasty, which specifically pertains to individuals who may not be candidates for this procedure. Those who have a history of excessive bleeding and individuals who take blood-thinning medication should consult with their doctor prior to scheduling septum repair surgery,

Septoplasty is a facial surgery procedure that straightens and repairs both the bone and cartilage within the nose. The cartilage is called the septum — a hard, yet flexible piece that separates the passages of the nose. In the case of a deviated septum, the septum or a piece of bone causes either one or both of the nasal passageways to become blocked, which makes difficult the process of breathing and it can lead to additional medical problems.

What Are The Risks Of Septoplasty?

Complications from the septum repair surgery may include bleeding; discoloration of the nose; facial scarring; return of the nasal blockage; perforations within the septum; changed to skin sensation; and unevenness to the appearance of the nose. Pain and swelling can be expected after following plastic surgery in Gainesville, FL, but it should dissipate shortly thereafter. For more information about the risks of plastic surgery and to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for septoplasty, contact us — we will schedule a consultation with Dr. Poser.

Septoplasty Recovery

Although most patients are required to wear soft splints for up to a week following the procedure, increased ability with regard to breathing should become immediately apparent after the septoplasty surgery. Some plastic surgery nose patients may experience sinus pressure after the procedure, but this normal side effect will cease within days after the surgery.

Does Septoplasty Change The Appearance Of The Nose?

A septoplasty procedure does not alter the visual appearance of the nose, but patients who undergo nasal surgery can opt for rhinoplasty at the same time to correct any aesthetic appearances. The combined procedure is referred to as septorhinoplasty. For more information about the septoplasty, the rhinoplasty, or the combines septorhinoplasty procedure, or to schedule a consultation with our Gainesville plastic surgeon, contact us today.