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What Is Septoplasty?

Repair For your deviated septum

Septoplasty is a type of surgery that repairs a crooked or deviated septum. The septum is made of cartilage and bone and separates your nostrils. If you have a bent septum, your breathing can be affected because one side may be blocked. Sometimes, you can also develop more frequent sinus infections. A severely deviated septum can significantly lower your quality of life.

What Are The Benefits of Septoplasty?

By undergoing a septoplasty, you can improve your ability to breathe easily and normally.

Septoplasty offers you the chance to correct your deviated septum, thus enhancing your ability to breathe through your nose. Sometimes, depending on the severity of the septal deviation, a deviated septum can also cause the external part of your nose to be crooked. In this case, you may require a rhinoplasty along with a septoplasty.

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Am I a Candidate for Septoplasty in New Orleans?

In order to find out if you’re a good candidate for septoplasty, book a consultation with New Orleans facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Melancon. She will carefully examine your nose and together you will decide on a treatment plan that is right for you. Contact Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery to get started.

The Septoplasty Procedure

A septoplasty is performed under general anesthesia for the most part. The surgery generally takes one to two hours to complete. During the surgery, Dr. Melancon will make an incision inside your nose then remove the deviated portions of the septum. Dr. Melancon is meticulously careful not to cause tears in the mucosa, which can cause a septal perforation.

Inferior Turbinate Reduction

Allow for improvement in your nasal airflow

In some, nasal obstruction may also be from enlarged inferior turbinates, which are mucosal pouches that warm and humidify the air you breathe.

Especially in those with allergies and fluctuating nasal obstruction, sometimes the inferior turbinates are to blame. In these instances, an inferior turbinate reduction may be required to treat your nose. In this procedure, your turbinates are reduced in size, which allows for an improvement in your nasal airflow.

Recovery from Septoplasty

You will feel quite sore and tender after the septoplasty surgery, and may have bruising and swelling. This is normal and should begin to improve after just a few days. You should avoid strenuous exercise or lifting for about 4 weeks after surgery.

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Results from Septoplasty

Your breathing should be noticeably improved, especially after the swelling has gone down. Sometimes, it takes several weeks for your swollen mucosa on the inside to heal. Your breathing should continue to improve after surgery over several months.

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New Orleans Septoplasty Consultation for Septoplasty

If you have a crooked or deviated septum that is causing problems with your breathing, schedule a consultation with Dr. Melancon.

When you come in for a consultation for a septoplasty New Orleans facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Melacon will examine your nose and together you will create an individualized treatment plan based on your specific needs. Call or email Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery to get started today.

Septoplasty FAQs

If you’re having issues with breathing or ongoing sinus infections because of a crooked septum, then you may be a great candidate for a New Orleans septoplasty. A crooked septum can be the result of unexpected injuries, or can simply be the way you were born.

You won’t feel anything during the surgery, as you’ll be under anesthesia. After that wears off, you may have soreness in your nose and there will also likely be bruising. Fortunately, most people find the procedure to be minimally uncomfortable so Tylenol can control the majority of the discomfort.

No. Although the doctor may make incisions, these will happen inside your nostril and will the scar not be visible on your face afterward.

At Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery, we know one of the most challenging parts of this process is the first step. We are a welcoming, restful place for you to come and learn about all the ways you can live life to the fullest and be the most beautiful you. Call or click to schedule a consultation to learn how you can breathe easy at Audubon Facial Plastic Surgery.

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