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Septoplasty (Deviated Septum Surgery) – Dartmouth, MA

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About Septoplasty

A septoplasty is performed to correct and repair a septum that is deviated or crooked. The septum is the thin wall that separates the right and left nasal passages. When the septum is displaced to one side, it can cause breathing issues, snoring, and other complications. At Caroline J. Plamondon, M.D. Cosmetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, we are pleased to offer septoplasty for individuals who have been diagnosed with a deviated septum that is obstructing their airway. There are many different factors that can cause a deviated septum, including genetics, trauma, or a birth defect. If you are interested in learning more, call our office in Dartmouth, MA to set up an appointment with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Caroline Plamondon. She will be happy to sit down with you to discuss your condition and if this procedure is the right option for you.

Ideal Candidates

Ideal candidates for a septoplasty surgery will have been diagnosed with a deviated or crooked septum, which could have been caused by one of many factors. In most cases, candidates will have begun to experience unpleasant symptoms, including breathing issues, snoring, frequent nosebleeds, or loss of smell. They may also be desiring a more natural look to their nose as a deviated septum can sometimes cause the nose to appear crooked, which can be corrected with a combined septoplasty and rhinoplasty. A septoplasty can provide a long-term solution to the many problems caused by an abnormal septum, allowing for improved functionality. 

Procedure Technique

Typically an outpatient procedure, a septoplasty is performed under general anesthesia or twilight sedation. No external incisions are needed as Dr. Plamondon will lift and separate the tissue that covers the septum. She will be able to view the nasal passages as she reshapes the damaged structures. The entire surgical process can last anywhere from 1 – 2 hours. However, this may vary if the septoplasty is combined with another procedure. After the septum is reshaped, the internal incisions will be stitched closed.  

What to Expect

Following a septoplasty procedure, you may experience some slight pain, discomfort, swelling, and/or bruising. Typically, you will be able to return to your normal daily activities within a week but should avoid contact sports or activities that require extensive exercise. You will begin to experience improved breathing once the swelling subsides and results will continue to improve within the weeks and months following your procedure.

Frequently asked questions

How much does a septoplasty cost?
The price of a septoplasty may vary from patient to patient, depending on the extent of damage that needs correction. In some cases, a septoplasty may be eligible to be covered, at least in part, by insurance. Our practice also offers medical financing and payment plans to help make your procedure more affordable.

What is the difference between a septoplasty and a rhinoplasty?
A septoplasty by itself will not alter the outer appearance of the nose or fix the look of a crooked nose. It is purely a functional procedure to alleviate the unpleasant symptoms of a deviated or crooked septum. However, a rhinoplasty is exclusively a cosmetic procedure that can be performed in conjunction with a septoplasty to enhance the aesthetic appearance of the nose for straighter, more desirable results.

Why choose a plastic surgeon rather than an ENT to perform a septoplasty?
A plastic surgeon (like Dr. Plamondon) with distinct nose surgery experience will understand the importance of both function and aesthetics to provide you with your desired results. While an ENT only focuses on the functionality of the nose through septoplasty, plastic surgeons are specially trained to enhance the look and shape of the nose and alter it according to your cosmetic goals with the addition of rhinoplasty techniques. 

Should I seek surgical treatment for a deviated septum?
When the septum is severely deviated or crooked, it can cause sinusitis and breathing problems. If left untreated, the problems will not rectify themselves and will continue to be persistent. If a deviated septum is blocking one or both nostrils, you may want to consider seeking surgical treatment.

How long does it take to recover from a septoplasty?
Recovery times may vary from patient to patient. For example, if a rhinoplasty was done in combination with a septoplasty, the healing process will take longer. In most cases, it takes up to three weeks to fully recover from the surgery, but ideal results may take longer to be seen completely.

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You should not have to deal with the hassle of having your airways blocked or not being able to sleep properly because of snoring. At our Rhode Island practice, we are proud to provide septoplasty to help our patients breathe more easily. To learn more about this surgery and how it may be useful to you, contact our office today.

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