Many patients who are diagnosed with a deviated septum might first try to treat themselves. Symptoms such as stuff nose, trouble sleeping and bloody noses can often be treated with over the counter medications such as antihistamines. However, while treating the symptoms might provide short term relief, patients in Costa Mesa should recognize that the only way to cure the issues associated with this problem is to fix the septum itself. The nasal septum can be fixed by a facial plastic surgeon quickly utilizing a simple cosmetic procedure called a septoplasty.
Dr. Kevin Sadati, a board certified facial plastic surgeon that services the California area, aims to clarify to his patients that a septoplasty is not the same as a rhinoplasty procedure.
A rhinoplasty, commonly referred to as a nose job, fixes aesthetic issues associated with a person’s nose. A septoplasty focuses specifically on the septum and improving nasal function. This procedure is simple and quick, often lasting one hour or less. Patients are often pleased to find out there is no external scarring and the recovery process are relatively easy. Patients who want to improve the look of their nose as well can discuss the option of a septorhinoplasty with the surgeon.
One major benefit of this procedure is that the septum bone does not continue to grow, so once the issue is fixed there is no need for another procedure. The results are permanent. If symptoms return, the cause is likely related to another part of the nose such as the nasal turbinates. Patients who want to know if this procedure is right for them should take the time today to call the office and set up a free consultation with Dr. Sadati. There, he can go over any questions the patient has as well as develop a customized plan of action.