Rhinoplasty and Septoplasty Surgery
Septoplasty is a form of rhinoplasty that targets the nasal septum, the wall that separates the two nostrils (nasal passages).
The septum provides structural support to the nose so that it can project from the face. Constructed from cartilage and bone with a mucus membrane cover, it also serves to direct airflow in and out of the body.
The primary goal of septoplasty is to correct a septum that is displaced to one side. Known as a deviated septum, this condition causes one nasal passage to be smaller than the other. In some cases, this can be so prominent that it inhibits the passage of air through the smaller, compressed nostril, making it difficult to breathe. A deviated septum may be present at birth, develop naturally, or be caused by trauma to the nose.
While a perfectly straight septum is rare, for some individuals any deviation can cause both functional and aesthetic concern. Breathing difficulty and an undesirable nose contour may be reasons why septoplasty is performed.
Septoplasty is performed on an outpatient basis at Briarwood Cosmetic Surgical Centre and takes about one to two hours to perform, depending on the extent of correction requested. Your surgery typically involves an incision placed inside the nose. For this reason, the resulting scar is located discreetly inside the nose.
Following your surgery, you'll recover for a few hours in our recovery room under the watchful eye of Dr. Brown, our anesthetist and nurses. Once discharged, you'll be able to continue your recovery in the comfort of your own home. Medications may be prescribed to help ease discomfort, and the tenderness and swelling you'll experience as common side effects of surgery will gradually subside within two weeks or so. Dr. Brown will provide you with post-care instructions that you should follow to facilitate your recovery.
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