You have likely heard of rhinoplasty, though you may know it better by the term “nose job.” Septoplasty is also a nose surgery, but in this case it is used to fix a condition known as a deviated septum. Dr. Nathan Nachlas specializes in Florida septoplasty in his Boca Raton practice. He has more than two decades of experience in helping his patients breath easily while also paying close attention to their facial and nasal symmetry.
Septoplasty - What is a Deviated Septum?
A deviated septum occurs when the septum, which is the wall of bone and cartilage that sits between the two nostrils, is not aligned properly. The misalignment of this nasal septum can cause breathing problems due to reduced airflow. It can occur due to an injury involving the nose or may be present at birth. Very few nasal septums are perfectly symmetrical.
How is a Septoplasty Procedure Performed?
During a septoplasty, your facial plastic surgeon decides the best type of anesthesia for your needs. Dr. Nachlas often recommends general anesthesia, but local anesthesia paired with a mild sedative is another option. Once you are comfortable and feeling no sensation, incisions are made to move the mucus membrane. Cartilage or bone that is out of place is trimmed or moved into the proper position. The mucus membrane is returned in place and then stitches and/or splints are put in place to secure the repair.
Are There Any Risks?
Dr. Nachlas makes sure every patient understands the risks and benefits during the consultation, but make sure that you ask questions if you have them. The biggest risk is an allergic reaction to the anesthesia, though if you've had any past surgery or dental work requiring anesthesia, you should have an idea of how well you handle those medications. Other risks include bleeding, breathing problems, and infection. Follow Dr. Nachlas's post-operative instructions carefully to reduce these risks.
What is a Septoplasty Recovery Like?
Following the nose surgery, you go home with your nose packed with gauze to help stop the bleeding and a splint will be worn to help hold the nose in place while it heals. Bruising and swelling are common complaints following the surgery. Your nose may also feel congested for a few days. By the end of a week, you should be ready to return to work or social activities.
There's one important reason Dr. Nachlas stands out among his competitors. He is Florida's first facial plastic surgeon to use his board certification as a facial plastic surgeon and his skills as an ear, nose, and throat surgeon to make sure all nose surgery results balance with the other facial features for a natural look.
See for yourself by viewing a patient’s septoplasty before and after pictures.
For more information or to request a consult with Dr. Nachlas contact Sandy Friedman, Director of Patient Relations at 561-939-0909.