What is Septoplasty? –
Septoplasty is done to set right the deviated septum. It is the lining of bone and cartilage that divides the two nostrils. A crooked septum occurs when the septum changes and leans towards one side of the nasal cavity. Due to this, there is difficulty in breathing as the nasal airway is blocked. The surgery of the septum helps in repositioning and straightening the nose.
The surgery may involve cutting and taking out parts of the septum before it is put back in the correct position. Septoplasty can be done alone or in combination with rhinoplasty. Septoplasty is the wall of the bone and cartilage that separates the nose into two nostrils. Some people by birth are born with a deviated septum but it can also happen due to an injury to the nose.
The common deviated septum usually means having one nasal passage larger than the other. It then creates a breathing problem. Other related symptoms are nose bleeding, and facial pain. To correct it, surgery is the only option. The Beverly Hills plastic surgeon may advise you against taking certain medication like aspirin, ibuprofen, and other dilatory medicines two weeks before the operation. This is done to avoid the risk of bleeding too much. You should also refrain from drinking or driving after surgery.
The surgery can be done under local anesthesia to numb the area so that you do not feel any pain at all. However, most of them use general anesthesia which means they sleep during the operation. Septoplasty takes about 30 to 90 minutes to perform and the doctor will decide whether you need local or general anesthesia. Sometimes, stitches may be needed to hold the septum and the membrane in place. The risk involved here is bleeding, scarring, change in the shape of the nose, and infection due to surgery.