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The thin wall of cartilage and bone that separates your nostrils is called the nasal septum. If it is off center by genetics or from an injury, it can make it difficult for you to breathe. Deviated septum surgery can repair bone and cartilage to improve the function of your nose.

Deviated Septum Causes and Symptoms

A deviated septum typically occurs in one of two ways. It can occur during fetal development and become apparent at birth. A deviated septum can also be caused from playing contact sports or getting injured in a car accident. If you have a deviated septum, you can experience nosebleeds and find it difficult to breathe. It can cause facial pain and noisy breathing while you sleep.

Septoplasty Procedure

Septoplasty can be performed in a couple of hours using local or general anesthesia. Cartilage and bone are trimmed, repositioned or replaced to correct a deviated septum. Incisions are typically made inside the nostrils to minimize visible signs of scarring. Grafts may be used to straighten and reinforce the septum.

Bruising and swelling may be expected following the surgery. You can use ice packs and over-the-counter pain medications to relieve discomfort. If you have sinusitis, you may still experience symptoms until the infection clears. The surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to help clear any remaining infection.

Ideal Septoplasty Candidates

If you are considering septoplasty, a consultation with a board certified plastic surgeon is highly recommended. Ideal candidates are non-smokers healthy enough for surgery. Smoking can impede healing and should be stopped several weeks before the procedure.

Is Deviated Septum Surgery Right for You?

If you have a deviated septum, make an appointment with NYC board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Jeremy Nikfarjam. Dr. Nikfarjam can perform a comprehensive medical exam and make a recommendation for the best treatment plan for you. He will be happy to explain the risks and answer any questions you may have. Schedule a consultation for deviated septum surgery today.

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