A deviated septum can be a difficult diagnosis for many patients as it is one of the most commonly misunderstood structural issues in the face. Many patients leave their physicians’ office thinking that the only way to fix their problem is through a rhinoplasty procedure, but there is a highly specialized surgery available to them that directly targets the deviated septum. Dr. Kevin Sadati, a board certified facial plastic surgeon who is based out of Newport Beach has been performing the septoplasty surgery for more than a decade. Patients from all over Orange County come to him for this procedure.
The most important distinction between a septoplasty and a rhinoplasty is that a septoplasty is a medical procedure designed to provide patients with physical relief from uncomfortable symptoms. A rhinoplasty is typically performed to provide aesthetic improvements. Some symptoms that patients with a deviated septum might be dealing with on a regular basis include trouble sleeping, difficulty breathing, snoring excessively and feeling as they have a permanent stuffy nose. This can be quite uncomfortable, and no one has to live their life with these symptoms.
Sometimes, a patient with a deviated septum has a bump or hump on their nose because of the deviation. Patients with this issue will most likely require a septorhinoplasty procedure. This surgery not only addresses the structural issues, but it also improves the appearance of the patient’s nose.
Dr. Sadati works with each patient on an individual level, and helps them determine which procedure will work best for them during a consultation appointment. Most often, patients who were born with a deviated septum are only required to have the septoplasty surgery. On the other hand, patients that have a deviated septum as a result of an accident or an injury most likely have to have a septorhinoplasty procedure performed. A primary rhinoplasty will fix the appearance temporarily, but the nose will have a tendency to move back to its crooked position if the deviated septum is not addressed.
Patients who are considering this procedure should note that there are several ways that it can be performed. Some surgeons use an open technique while others prefer a closed technique. Sometimes the deviated portion of the cartilage is removed completely from the nose while other times the cartilage is reshaped and repositioned in the nasal structure. Rest assured, Dr. Sadati will create a custom plan that will give you the results and relief that you need.