People who find that they have trouble sleeping at night, breathing during the day and have partners complaining that their snoring is obnoxious might be surprised to find out that the cause of their issues is a deviated septum. This is when the main cartilage portion of the nose is crooked, causing a major misalignment between the two nasal cavities. The most common way to fix this issue in patients is a septoplasty — but it is important that Newport Beach patients recognize that a septoplasty does not equal a rhinoplasty, or a nose job.
A septoplasty is a cosmetic procedure that is best performed by a board certified facial plastic surgeon, specifically a plastic surgeon who specializes in nasal care.
This procedure can fix the misalignment in the nasal cavities. Patients who wish to fix the appearance of their nose, in addition to its function, they might consider a septorhinoplasty, which combines a rhinoplasty procedure with the septoplasty procedure. This way, the patient is able to improve their breathing abilities and sleeping habits while also improving their overall self body image.
Patients who are considering this procedure should have a basic understanding of what makes a nose function well. It is not just having a well-aligned septum, but also having nasal turbinates that function well. These turbinates essentially filter the air that comes in and out of the nose, and they work best when the cartilage in the nose is aligned properly. To find out if you are an ideal candidate for this procedure, set up a free consultation with Dr. Kevin Sadati today. He can discuss with you the issues you have and help develop a custom plan of action that will help you meet your cosmetic procedure goals and improve your nasal function.