The inside of the nose is a delicate combination of airways and cavities that make up the nasal structure. Even a slight alteration of these structures can cause breathing difficulties, excessive snoring and other functional concerns that drastically reduce the quality of life.
Whether caused by trauma or a birth defect, septoplasty, also called functional rhinoplasty, can be performed to provide relief, allowing patients to breathe again without difficulty.
A septoplasty is a surgical procedure performed to correct a deviated septum. A deviated septum occurs when the bones are not straight in the central structure of the nose that separates the nostrils. Septoplasty is one of the most common functional rhinoplasty procedures to correct a deviated septum. During a septoplasty procedure, the bones and cartilage of the septum are straightened to remove obstructions from the breathing passages.
A deviated septum typically causes breathing difficulties, such as frequent, unexplained congestion. A deviated septum is uncomfortable and causes patients to breathe through their mouth, resulting dryness and other concerns, especially at night. This causes patients to have trouble sleeping.
A septoplasty can effectively address the following concerns and symptoms of a deviated septum:
Septoplasty provides many benefits for patients who suffer from the effects caused by a deviated septum. Benefits include the following:
Dr. Fechner will begin with a thoughtful consultation to examine your nose and understand your concerns. He will explain the surgery to you in detail, and design a customized surgical plan to meet your exact needs.
Your surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. Depending on the complexity of your procedure, Dr. Fechner will utilize either the open or closed rhinoplasty technique to lift the mucous membrane away from the septum, and straighten the nasal bones and cartilage. He may remove sections of cartilage and bone to ensure the nasal structure doesn’t shift back into a position that blocks the airflow.
Typically, septoplasty nose surgeries take about an hour to perform and are performed with closed rhinoplasty. Incisions are made inside the nostrils, and the alterations are made without causing visible scars.
Patients undergoing cosmetic rhinoplasty at the same time as their septoplasty may require open rhinoplasty, requiring small incisions to be made on the outside of the nose, carefully made to be hidden in the natural folds of the skin. This provides Dr. Fechner access to the entire nasal structure, allowing him to make more significant changes to the nose.
After your procedure there will be some swelling, which usually dissipates in about a week or so. For patients who are not having additional cosmetic procedures, there is not typically external bruising. Elevate your head and use cold compresses to help with the swelling.
Most patients feel able to begin sedentary work again after about two weeks. Wait to resume exercise until 3-6 weeks have passed. Swelling will continue to fade and your results will stabilize over the coming months as your nose settles into its new internal contours.
Candidates for septoplasty are men or women who are suffering from the effects of a deviated septum due to a genetic defect or trauma. Dr. Fechner will conduct a thorough consultation with you, review your medical history, and he will examine the anatomy of your nose and listen to your concerns about your functional issues with your nose. Based on this information, he will determine whether you are a candidate for septoplasty. Ideal candidates for septoplasty meet the following requirements:
Dr. Fechner is a double board-certified plastic surgeon, specializing in functional and cosmetic rhinoplasties and other facial plastic surgeries. Dr. Fechner is known for his significant expertise and outstanding outcomes, and having performed more than 10,000 facial procedures, he has a well-earned reputation as a leading authority in his field.
Patients who suffer from the effects of a deviated septum can trust a specialist like Dr. Fechner to resolve their concerns and bring their nose back to functionality, greatly increasing their quality of life. To find out more about septoplasty with Dr. Fechner, please call for a consultation.
On behalf of the entire team at Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa, we would like to take a moment to say thank you again for your loyalty and support during this unprecedented time. The past several months have been unlike anything we've ever experienced, and we're working hard to evolve so that we can continue to provide you with the patient experience you have come to expect from our practice.
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 worldwide pandemic, Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa has taken extreme precautionary measures, in addition to following the most up to date CDC recommendations and state guidelines to maximize the health and safety of our patients, staff and facility. Our surgical center and medical spa remain committed to providing the best patient care, and we are actively working to take all necessary precautions as we plan to safely re-open our practice. Please help us continue to protect the health and well-being of our patients and workplace by cooperating with all of our precautionary measures and protocols against COVID-19 at your next appointment, or as you plan for your surgery.
As a fully accredited surgical facility, Fechner MD has always observed the highest level of safety and sanitation. In fact, as a surgeon, Dr. Fechner is an expert in infection control. We want to ensure that we are doing everything possible for our patients to safely return for surgical and medical spa treatments alike.
The upgraded work flow and safety protocols we have implemented at Fechner MD far exceed those being recommended by any government agency.
Fechner MD will adhere to all local, state, and government mandates. We expect to cautiously resume medical spa and injectable treatments during Phase 2 of the Massachusetts phased reopening. We are awaiting a definitive date from Governor Baker. Cosmetic surgery is expected to resume during Phase 3 of Governor Baker’s plan. We ask for your patience and understanding as our staff is working diligently to reschedule all surgeries and procedures affected by our closure. Please understand that in order to open and adhere to Massachusetts guidelines, we will need to limit the number of staff and patients we have in our building and extend the time between patient appointments in order to sanitize rooms. This means we will have fewer available openings for procedures. In order to maximize our provider appointments, we will continue to hold consultations virtually rather than in person, with a few exceptions (body contouring, Instalift, vein treatments).
We thank you in advance for your patience throughout this time, and we look forward to seeing you here again as we begin to resume business operations. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fechner MD Plastic Surgery & Medical Spa at (508) 754-4000 and our team will gladly assist you. Thank you!