If you are a snorer, experience bouts of sinus infections, repetitive sneezing, facial pain and regular nosebleeds, you may have a deviated nasal septum. Generally, the nasal septum is the bone and cartilage in the nose that separates the nasal cavity into two nostrils. The septum lies centrally, allowing the nasal passages to be open and symmetrical. In the case of a deviated septum, the top of the cartilaginous ridge leans to the left or the right, acting as a barrier to the affected nasal passage. As a result, the condition can result in poor drainage of the sinuses, and even difficulty breathing.
Many cases of a deviated nasal septum are caused by impact traumas to the face – for instance, a heavy blow to the face. Genetic connective tissue disorders such as Ehlers–Danlos syndrome and Marfan syndrome are also associated with a deviated nasal septum. The disorder is also linked to congenital disorders, often from compression of the nose during childbirth.
Common over the counter medications (nasal strips, nasal spray, decongestants and antihistamines) only serve as temporary solutions for the symptoms of a deviate nasal septum, and the only known cure is Septo-Rhinoplasty. This surgical procedure can not only permanently correct a deviated nasal septum, but can also be combined with a standard Rhinoplasty treatment.
Septo-Rhinoplasty: What to expect?
Prior to treatment, your surgeon will examine your nasal passage, and advise you accordingly. During treatment, you will be injected with general anaesthetic, so you won’t experience any pain. An incision is made on the lining of the septum, the septum is re-aligned and after correction, all incisions are stitched up. The whole procedure can last up to two hours and usually requires overnight hospital stay.
Like many other Rhinoplasty procedures, Septo-Rhinoplasty does not leave any tell-tale signs of surgery on the nasal septum, and scarring is virtually undetectable. You can expect to be back at work around 1-2 weeks after surgery, but swelling in your nose may take a few months to disappear completely. In order to protect your nose after treatment, you may be advised to wear a splint on your nose for up to ten days.
The Private Clinic has over 30 years of medical excellence and we offer an extensive range of surgical, non-invasive and minimally invasive procedures from our team of experts in their fields. Our Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon Dr Fallahdar has years of extensive experience in Rhinoplasty and provides only the most natural looking results. To find out more about Septo-Rhinoplasty and other Rhinoplasty procedures, please visit: https://www.theprivateclinic.co.uk/treatments/plastic-surgery/rhinoplasty