Do you at times feel like your breathing is restricted? Do you find yourself snoring at night? These can all be issues due to a deviated septum. When the nasal septum that divides your nasal passages is not straight it can cause such issues like sleep apnea, snoring, and restricted breathing. A septoplasty can help straighten out this problem as well as a myriad of other inner nasal issues. It can reconfigure the "inner workings" of your nose which makes breathing easier.
Dr. Kevin Sadati is a board-certified and highly regarded plastic surgeon expert in the Orange County area. He is not only a specialized facial plastic surgeon but also an ear, nose, and throat specialist (ENT) which gives him a dual skillset with the facial anatomy. Dr. Sadati has an extensive surgical and medical background in addition to being a studied sculptor and painter. He is a leading expert with rhinoplasty and septoplasty procedures which in some cases go hand in hand. Here is some helpful information from Dr. Sadati on septoplasty surgery and how he can help if you are hindered with breathing issues.
What is a septoplasty?
Essentially, this is a nasal surgical procedure for women and men in the Orange County area that are dealing with breathing issues. Septoplasty treats nasal blockage due to a deviated septum or individuals that were born with enlarged nasal bone structures. It can also be performed to remove nasal polyps and growths, help patients who are dealing with sinusitis symptoms, or even aid patients dealing with excessive nose bleeds. This procedure can help eliminate multiple problems or health concerns when it comes to the nasal structure and in some cases is combined with a rhinoplasty procedure to give patients a new nose inside and out.
A necessary surgical combo
A septoplasty won't change the outer appearance of the nose. A septoplasty is merely performed to fix any internal issues that are hindering proper breathing. It will not straighten out or fix any cosmetic issues with the external portion of the nose. In some cases, after a thorough examination from a qualified, board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Sadati, it can be determined that a patient may have a medical need for both internal and external issues, which is a septorhinoplasty. This is essentially combining a deviated septum adjustment along with reshaping a patient's nasal bones if they are also crooked which is impeding good airflow. The good news is this allows patients one procedure and one recovery period from both which is typically why some patients elect to have their nose fixed internally and have a little cosmetic work on the outside at the same time even if not medically necessary.
Who is a candidate for Septoplasty?
A septoplasty procedure can help you breathe more easily. Commonly done for individuals dealing with a deviated septum, there are other medical issues with the nose that can cause breathing problems. A septoplasty procedure is typically performed for individuals who have the following:
Deviated septum or crooked nasal septum.
Nasal valve insufficiency so the nose doesn't properly open and close when breathing.
Consistent snoring or sleep apnea symptoms at night.
Chronic or consistent nosebleeds.
Nasal polyps or growths which can impede proper breathing.
Oversized turbinates which are the inner structures that help keep the nose moist when breathing.
Recovery and results
A septoplasty procedure is done under general anesthesia and typically dissolvable stitches are used. Finding a skilled, experienced plastic surgeon in the Orange County area who specializes in facial cosmetic procedures like a septoplasty or rhinoplasty, like Dr. Sadati, will ensure the best results. The nose is a small, intricate target area so you want to make sure you have a qualified and board-certified plastic surgeon like Dr. Sadati who is also an ENT specialist, to get the best surgical results. After surgery, most patients return to work in the second week and generally notice an improvement to their breathing after the first week. That will continue to improve as swelling goes down in the days and months that follow. If a rhinoplasty procedure is done at the same time, that can alter the recovery and healing process slightly.
Covered by insurance
Septoplasty is one of the few cosmetic procedures that may be deemed a medical necessity, much like a breast reduction, so many insurance plans may cover this surgery. In most cases, if a patient decides to have rhinoplasty done at the same time then the septoplasty portion can be covered so that a patient only needs to worry about the additional cosmetic cost unless it was deemed medically necessary by the plastic surgeon. Consulting with an experienced plastic surgeon, like Dr. Sadati, can help determine exactly what needs to be done and what will be covered by insurance prior to the procedure.
A septoplasty procedure can be life-changing when individuals are struggling with breathing properly. Whether you have a deviated septum or need a turbinate reduction, a septoplasty with an expert like Dr. Sadati can have you breathing better and feeling better. In most cases, this low-risk procedure offers patients a permanent solution so they can breathe freely again.
Voted "Best Cosmetic Surgeon" of Orange County and with over a decade of experience in facial and reconstructive plastic surgery, Dr. Kevin Sadati is one of the most highly regarded facial plastic surgeons in the Orange County/LA area. If you are experiencing breathing problems, then we invite you to schedule a septoplasty consultation today. Breathe more freely and feel like yourself again by letting Dr. Sadati help you.