Deviated Septum Effects
When the nasal septum—that little stretch of bone and cartilage between the nostrils—is displaced, a number of irritating long-term problems can occur. When the displacement is severe, it can hinder optimal breathing.
A deviated septum can further contribute to:
- Chronic congestion
- Dry mouth
- Irritation or discomfort within the nose
- Sinus infections
A septoplasty can eliminate these symptoms by repositioning the septum and restoring balance to the airflow between the nostrils.
Deviated Septum Causes
Deviated septums are common, although some are so minor that they don’t affect one’s quality of life and are hardly noticeable.
Deviated septums often occur as babies develop during pregnancy and are present at birth. Injuries to the nose can also cause deviated septums.
Natural effects of aging can also impact the nasal structure over time. A slight deviated septum that otherwise would not require treatment may worsen. Conditions such as hayfever and sinus infections inflame nasal tissues and stress the narrowed nasal passage associated with a deviated septum.
The Septoplasty Procedure
A septoplasty generally entails severing portions of bone and cartilage from the nasal septum and restructuring them in an optimal position. The goal is to reposition the septum in the middle of the nose’s base and to straighten between the nostrils for improved respiration.
The extent of surgery necessary, and the level of improvement that comes with it, depend largely on the severity of the displacement. A septoplasty may be performed as a complement to a rhinoplasty, or nose job, to correct a deviated septum while reshaping the appearance of the nose.
In many cases, symptoms caused by a deviated septum will vanish completely as you recover. It’s important to note that while septoplasty can restore form and function, it can’t correct underlying allergies or sinus ailments that can cause the nasal tissues to swell.
Your surgeon will discuss your recovery guidelines and expectations with you during your consultation. Recovery times and results vary based on a number of individual factors.
In most cases, patients will be advised to limit strenuous physical activity, avoid nose-blowing and keep their heads elevated while sleeping for a few weeks following surgery. In the ensuing months, the cartilage and bone will stabilize, and breathing will improve.
With a healthy lifestyle and without trauma to the nose, the results of a septoplasty may last indefinitely. Over time, natural physical changes may affect the results; in some cases, patients opt for a revision septoplasty later in life to refine the septum and prevent the return of any adverse symptoms.
For additional information about the septoplasty procedure or to schedule your consultation at one of our Long Island locations, please contact Precision Medical Arts today.