Septoplasty Surgery for Deviated Septum and Difficult Breathing in Melbourne and Sydney
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What is Septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct deviations of the septum by removing or reshaping deviated portions of the nasal bone and cartilage. Unlike rhinoplasty, a cosmetic surgery performed to enhance the esthetic appearance of the nose, the goal of septoplasty is to improve functionality by eliminating nasal blockage.
Surgeons often perform septoplasty together with rhinoplasty (called septorhinoplasty) to ensure the perfect function of the nose.
How To Find The Best Septoplasty Surgeon
Nose surgeries are considered to be one of the most complicated procedures in plastic and facial surgery therefore should be conducted by the best plastic or ENT nose surgeon you can find.
Septoplasty, together with rhinoplasty, is a complex nose surgery that requires an experienced surgeon in order to produce the best results and reduce the possibility of a revision.
Your surgeon’s experience, education, and technique should be the deciding factors when choosing the right option.
Symptoms Of Nasal Blockage
Deviated septum causes nasal blockage due to the displacement of the wall between the nostrils. Some people are born with a deviated septum, but it can also be caused by suffered trauma and ageing. The most common symptoms of a deviated septum are:
- Troubled breathing
- Complete or partial Anosmia – Inability to smell
- Facial Pain
- “Ringing” noises in the ear
Am I A Good Candidate for a Septoplasty?
Septoplasty surgery is a good solution for achieving a better life quality affected by the negative effects of a deviated septum.
If you are experiencing breathing troubles, consistent snoring, chronic nosebleeds, and sleep apnea symptoms you may be a good candidate for septoplasty surgery.
Smoking has negative effects on recovery, so you will have to stop smoking at least 2 weeks before the procedure and even more after the surgery. Cigarette smoke can cause a longer healing period, wound infections, and painful nasal irritation.
It is considered safe to undergo septoplasty surgery at the age of 17. Exceptions are made for younger patients with severe nasal obstructions.
In consultation with your doctor, you should temporarily stop taking medications that prevent blood clotting.
Benefits of a Septoplasty
Septoplasty is a safe, minimally-invasive surgical procedure.
The Benefits Of Septoplasty Surgery
- Improved airflow and breathing
- Improved smell and taste sense
- Fewer headaches caused by sinus infections
- Better sleep quality
- Better sinus cavity drainage
Septoplasty Before and After Photos
These before and after surgery photographs represent typical results our patients get. Each image is conveniently categorized by an acting surgeon. Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly.
- Preoperative Assessment – Review of your medical history records, allergies, prior surgeries, symptoms, etc.
- Anaesthesia – Based on your health condition and medical history, your doctor will recommend the best anaesthesia option for you. The procedure can be performed under local or general anaesthesia. Sometimes, sedation can be used in addition to local anaesthesia. Which anaesthesia that will be used depends on the complexity of your surgery.
- Surgery – Nasal septum surgery involves strengthening the septum by shortening, restoring, or placing the cartilage and bone in a central position.
The operation does not require any external incisions on the skin of the nose but requires a small incision on the side of the nasal septum inside the nose (sometimes it is also necessary to make a small incision between the nostrils). The incision is usually closed with an absorbent suture.
The operation usually lasts 30-60 minutes, depending on the severity of the septum deformation.
Recovery after Septoplasty
After the septoplasty surgery, splints are placed into the nostrils and need to be worn for a couple of days after the procedure. Minor swelling and bruises under the eyes can occur.
To further reduce the chances of bleeding and swelling, your doctor may ask you to follow some precautions for a couple of weeks after the surgery, such as:
- Raising your head while sleeping,
- Avoiding workout and contact sports,
- Refrain from blowing your nose,
- Take care while pulling shirts over your head to get dressed
You can expect to return to your daily activities after just a couple of days, and physical activities up to 4 weeks after the surgery.
Your surgeon will recommend quitting smoking for a few weeks before and after the operation. Smoking prolongs recovery time and can cause post-op complications.
Complications and Risks of Septoplasty
Septoplasty, like any surgery, carries the risk of bleeding, infection, or an allergic reaction to the anaesthetic. There is a risk of other possible complications:
- Presence of the deviated septum symptoms
- Change in the nose appearance
- Perforation of the septum
- Reduced sense of smell
- Formation of blood pockets inside the nasal cavity
- Upper jaw numbness
Your Septoplasty Patient Journey
- Preoperative Assessment
- Review of medical history, health condition, discussion about expectations, taking pre-surgery before photos
- The surgeon will apply anaesthesia and perform the surgery
- Post-op and Recovery
- A few days after the operation patient attends a routine post-procedural checkup.
- Following recovery instructions and tips
Septoplasty Costs and Surgery Prices
Every patient is different, therefore the prices vary. You will be given a price quote after your first consultation. This will include a Surgeon’s fee, Anaesthetist fee, Surgical Assistant fee, and the hospital fees.
Due to the functional nature of the surgery – Medicare and your Private Health Insurance may contribute some of cost. It may also be possible to use your Superannuation Fund to pay for this surgery.
FAQ about Septoplasty
Should I Blow my Nose After Septoplasty?
- Blowing your nose after the Septoplasty Surgery can cause bleeding, so you should try to refrain from blowing your nose at least for the first few days. We recommend you clean your nose with nasal saline irrigations instead.
Will Septoplasty Change The Appearance Of My Nose?
- Septoplasty is the surgical procedure that improves nose functionality, not appearance. However, in the rare cases of heavy deviation of the septal cartilage, there might be minor changes to the shape of your nose.
Is it possible to do Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty at the same time?
- Actually, it is advisable to do them at the same time rather than two separate procedures.
How Long After Septoplasty Can I Start Exercising?
- You should wait for at least 4 weeks before you start exercising. Playing contact and ball sports should wait even longer to minimize the risk of nose trauma.
How Long Will I Be Hospitalized?
- You should get home on the same day. Patients with heavier deviations might stay hospitalized overnight as a precaution measure.
Does Getting A Septoplasty Hurt?
- It shouldn’t. Most patients take pain-killers for a couple of days after the surgery. Septoplasty recovery is quick and painless.
Further Reading – Medical References
Choosing the best Septoplasty Surgeon in Melbourne or Sydney
When choosing the right plastic surgeon for Septoplasty, the patient should always keep in mind that the experience, training, and credentials have greater importance than the price tag. Special deals, fixed prices, and big discounts should raise a red flag. Usually, those kinds of procedures lead to another disappointing result and in the end line cost more and produce more stress, pain, take more time, and discomfort than one procedure conducted by the professional and experienced surgeon.
Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat ENT Surgeon (Otolaryngologist). Dr Stephen Kleid consults in three Melbourne practice locations here at Coco Ruby Plastic Surgery in Hawthorn East, St Kilda East and East Melbourne. Dr Kleid has a passion for rhinoplasty and Rhinoplasty Revision.
Dr Richard Sackelariou is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon and Nose Expert operating in Melbourne and Sydney
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Always Choose a qualified, experienced Expert in Septoplasty
Be sure to find out if your surgeon is FRACS qualified and has proven and relevant surgical experience.
Don’t choose someone who studied a different area of medicine as they are unlikely to have the same rigorous surgical training required to become recognized as a Specialist in Plastic, Cosmetic & Reconstructive Surgery.
Coco Ruby is an Australia-wide Specialist Plastic Surgeons Group, with the appropriate qualifications and members of recognized associations. Look for members of FRACS, ASPS, ASAPS or ISAPS as some of the qualifications of your Surgeon. Our Surgeons operate in an accredited hospital, not in the back-room of a clinic.
Proven experience and examples from real patients or recommendations from your friends, family, or GP are available.
The Next Steps – What to do Next
- Visit the FAQs pages and read patient reviews to learn more about your intended procedure.
How to Book your Initial Consultation
- Email us or call on 1300 264 811 to arrange your consultation with your surgeon
- A referral from your GP or your specialist is helpful but not essential
What to Bring to your Surgeon Consultation
- You are more than welcome to bring a friend or relative to help discuss the information and your choices
- Ensure you also take a lot of notes and thoroughly examine the documents provided
- Please be aware you may need to undress for a physical exam so wear simple clothes.