Revealing why you cannot repair a deviated septum with rhinoplasty.

Repair a deviated septum with rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty in Charlotte
One of the most common questions among rhinoplasty patients is, “Can you repair a deviated septum with rhinoplasty?” You cannot repair a deviated septum with rhinoplasty. A deviated septum, is defined as a narrowing of the nasal passage. It can be of varying degrees, and becomes a problem when it makes breathing difficult. Most commonly, it is the result of the cartilage and/or bone in the area between the nostrils, being crooked or off-center. It is estimated that nearly 80% of all people have some degree of misalignment, and most of them never even know it.

Septoplasty is the answer
To proper procedure to correct a deviated septum, is a surgical procedure called septoplasty. This is when a facial plastic surgeon repositions and removes bone or cartilage from the space between the nostrils. The objective is both functional and aesthetic, it is to correct the misalignment and restore normal breathing. Post-surgery, internal splints or soft packing may need to be inserted into the nose to stabilize the septum as it heals. This is different from rhinoplasty, which is a procedure that is performed to alter the shape and size of the nose. Septoplasty is generally performed in an outpatient setting, and under local or general anesthesia. Most procedures take about one to two hours. Most patients have experienced significant healing within a week or two. Another point of difference between the two surgeries is that septoplasty is considered a medically necessary procedure, while rhinoplasty is considered to be a cosmetic procedure. Rhinoplasty is performed solely for the purpose of enhancing the appearance of the nose.

Charlotte’s most experienced facial plastic surgeon
Dr. Sean Freeman of Charlotte NC is certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the American Board of Otolaryngology. He has practiced facial plastic surgery since 1988 and his expertise and training far exceed any other facial plastic surgeon in town. The Center for Facial Plastic and Laser Surgery is a beautiful, modern facility that offers patients the experience and expertise of one of the country’s foremost authorities on facial plastic surgery. As a patient, you can be assured that you will receive a detailed evaluation by Dr. Sean Freeman that is tailored to meet your individual needs. Patients are never rushed to make a decision, they are encouraged to take as much time as they feel is necessary to have their questions answered and to feel confident about their decisions. To benefit from Dr. Freeman’s many years of experience, you can request your consultation online. Call his office to learn more about repair a deviated septum with rhinoplasty.