Our nose is vertically divided from inside into two equal right and left sides by a wall made of bones and cartilages called the nasal septum. Ideally, the nasal septum must lie in the center of the nose, but some people have it slightly off-centered and mostly it goes unnoticed. However, there are few cases where the septum may be dramatically off its mark (i.e. one nostril is wider than the other), hence known as a deviated septum. This altered nose structure could cause breathing difficulties because of the blocked narrow side of the nose that does not let in air, shares the expert nose job surgeon in Hyderabad, Dr. Dushyanth Kalva, best plastic surgeon in Hyderabad at Inform Clinics. In some cases, the sinus opening of the nose may also get obstructed and trigger a sinus infection that remains for long or reappears more often.
A deviated nasal septum can be caused as a congenital birth defect, due to a trauma/injury to the nose, or because of damage from previous medical treatments. It is impossible for a deviated nasal septum to naturally heal itself. If you have a crooked nose and experience troubled breathing through your nose, then it’s highly recommended to consult a medical expert for getting it fixed by septoplasty surgery.
What is septoplasty?
Septoplasty is an in-office, minor reconstructive plastic surgery to straighten a crooked nose by trimming, repositioning, and replacing the bone, cartilage, or both of the nasal septum to get it in the middle of the nose. Septoplasty surgery can help improve breathing and in turn make better the patient’s quality of life. This surgical procedure may also be a necessary part of other surgeries like nasal tumor removal and sinus surgery.
How to prepare?
Before commencing with the septoplasty, patients must meet the surgeon to know about the risks and benefits of the surgery and talk about their expectations. They must feel free in informing the concerned surgeon about their current intake of medications including non-prescribed drugs, herbs, and supplements that can make it harder for blood to clot so that they can be stopped or avoided on time to avoid health complications or delayed healing after surgery. The surgeon must also be aware of any bleeding problems or allergies that patient may already have. Photographs may be taken of the patient’s nose from different angles for reference during and after the surgery or to be kept as medical records.
Septoplasty in Hyderabad is a surgery which is performed at Inform Clinics by Dr. Dushyanth Kalva, plastic surgeon in India for correcting both cosmetic appearance as well as when the person has difficulty in breathing due to the severe deviation of the nasal septum, resulting in an impeded airflow.
- Giving anesthesia- Depending upon the severity of the deviation of the nasal septum, the candidate may undergo partial septoplasty under local anesthesia or a small outpatient repair of the nose under general anesthesia/ intravenous sedation. The numbing medications are administered to the surgical site to ensure the patient’s comfort throughout the surgery.
- Making the incisions- Usually, septoplasty is performed internally (i.e. cuts are made within the nasal cavity) by the certified surgeon with traditional surgical techniques resulting in less visible scarring. Rarely, patients may require external or open septoplasty (i.e. cut is made across columella) leaving behind small scars at the base of the nose. This is usually for complex cases or some of those done with rhinoplasties.
- Separation of mucosal lining- Nasal septum is covered with a mucosal membrane which is lifted away from both sides carefully without tearing it.
- Correction of deviated nasal septum- Through the incisions, the surgeon removes, reshapes, and reposition the septum’s bones and cartilage.
- Closing the incision- Once, the nose gets straightened, the mucosal lining is placed back around the nasal septum and sutured back together with dissolvable stitches.
- Notice the results- The reconstructed nasal septum is stabilized by using nose splints and post-operative bleeding is prevented by applying bandage-like material inside the nose (a packing). These are removed shortly after the surgery.
What happens after septoplasty?
Following septoplasty, the patient can experience pain or tenderness on the nose front, stuffiness because of slight swelling, and drainage of blood or mucous from the nose. These effects lasts can resolve in a few days. Over-the-counter painkillers can help suffice the pain or discomfort. Nasal congestion due to surgical debris or any crusting can be cleared with saline sprays or irrigation treatments. In about 3-6 months post-surgery, the nasal tissues become relatively stable.
Crooked or deviated nose can hamper one’s look and medical health. To correct this issue, contact the best rhinoplasty surgeon at Inform Clinics, best cosmetic surgery clinic in Hyderabad.
Aftercare required after septoplasty:
- Keep the patient’s head elevated while sleeping to reduce swelling and congestion.
- Avoid blowing the nose for several weeks.
- Avoid taking a bath or shower for the first 24 hours.
- Do not wear garments that are to be pulled over the head.
- Do not indulge in strenuous activities, heavy weight lifting, or any activities that involve bending over for up to 5 weeks to avoid nosebleeds.
- Keep bowel movements at ease to avoid putting strain on the face.
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