Septoplasty Sydney NSW

Septoplasty can help with breathing problems

Troubles with breathing may indicate that you might have a deviated nasal septum

The nasal septum is the wall inside your nose that separates the two nasal chambers or nostrils into left and right. Nose Septal deviation is a common problem, usually a result of trauma, though it can be present from birth. In addition to the annoying nasal symptoms, a large or deviated septum can cause cosmetic concerns. It’s one of the causes of a crooked and over-projecting large nose. Nose Surgery to correct a deviated septum or reduce it is called nose septum surgery or septoplasty. 

Dr Jeremy Hunt is an septoplasty expert and Sydney plastic surgeon that specializes in nose reshaping surgery. Dr Hunt can corrects septal deviation to improve nasal symptoms and enhance the shape of your nose. 

Learn more about nasal septum correction, how it’s done, its costs, and what results you can expect…. 

 

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What Is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a type of nose surgery that reshapes the nasal septum. It’s also called septal deviation surgery, septum surgery or nasal septum correction. It can be done as an independent procedure or part of a full rhinoplasty to reshape your whole nose.In most cases, the septal deviation is caused by trauma. This can be during birth and would become more apparent as they grow up.

The nasal septum is a wall of bone and cartilage that separates the inner nose chamber into the left and right chambers. The nasal septum is made of: 

  • A hard bony part: The upper and posterior portion of the nasal septum is made of tough bone (Ethmoid and Verum bones)
  • A soft cartilage part: The anterior and lower portion of the septum is made of cartilage – a flexible, firm type of tissue (same firmness as the tip of your nose). This part extends to the end at the columella, the tissue column between your nasal opening. 

 In general, septoplasty alone is less extensive compared to a full nose job. Therefore, it involves fewer risks, faster recovery, and less downtime.  Septum correction surgery can dramatically improve the way you look and the way you breathe. 

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Who Needs Septoplasty?

Septoplasty can be done for cosmetic reasons such as an over-projecting nose or crooked nose or to get rid of problematic nasal symptoms. If you have a deviated septum, you should consider getting surgical correction if you have one or more of the following symptoms: 

  • Crooked, uneven nose 
  • Recurrent nose bleeds 
  • Dry nose with crusting 
  • Recurrent allergies 
  • Very bad allergy symptoms 
  • Stuffy, congested nose 
  • Nasal voice 
  • Snoring at night 
  • Difficulty breathing 
  • Facial pain and recurrent headaches 

Septal deviation is one of the most common causes of uncomfortable nasal symptoms. The uneven septum disturbs the natural airflow dynamics in the nose. This leads to obstruction and excessive dryness of the nasal mucosa. Dry mucosa crusts, bleeds and itches frequently. Moreover, nasal septum deviation can block your sinus outlets. It can lead to recurrent sinusitis, headaches, and excessive allergy symptoms. So, if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms  a septoplasty may help. 

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What Are The Benefits of Septoplasty?

A Septoplasty has many advantages, both cosmetic and functional and can help:

  • Fixes crooked deviated nose 
  • Fixes uneven nostrils 
  • Improves breathing 
  • Relieves nasal congestion and stuffiness 
  • Stops nosebleeds caused by dry nose 
  • Fixes an over-projected nose 
  • Prevents recurrent sinusitis 
  • It can be combined with full rhinoplasty to alter the shape of the nose dramatically 
  • Shorter than full rhinoplasty 
  • Less recovery time and fewer symptoms compared to a full nose job 

Septoplasty can also change the way your whole face looks. It can make your nose and face look more proportional and even. Moreover, it will help relieve all the nasal symptoms associated with nasal obstruction. The top advantage of septoplasty is that it’s usually shorter and less demanding compared to a full rhinoplasty

How Is Septoplasty Done?

Septoplasty is usually done as an outpatient procedure. This means that you can usually go back home on the same day but may choose to stay overnight in Hospital.

Septum deviation surgery is usually done under general anaesthesia, which means that you will be put to sleep during the whole operation. 

Here’s how the septum deviation correction is performed: 

  • After anaesthesia, Dr Hunt starts with an incision in the nose. In most cases, Dr Hunt usually uses the “closed technique” for septoplasty. This is when the incision is made inside the nostril. 

  • Sometimes, however, Dr Hunt uses an “open technique” for septal correction. This is when an extra incision is made on the columella between your nostrils. This is more common in patients who need more excessive septal trimming and possibly other interventions (e.g., tip plasty, alarplasty, nasal bridge reduction, nose lift). This type of procedure is called a Septoprhinoplasty.
  • After that, Dr Hunt lifts the nose skin and tissue to better see your nasal septum on the inside. 
  • He will then cut, trim, sculpt, reshape, bend, and manipulate the nasal septum to achieve an appropriate orientation and size. Dr Hunt will cut pieces of the septal cartilage and, sometimes, even the bone. In some cases, he might use sutures to fix the cartilage in place. 
  • Once Dr Hunt is satisfied with the shape, size, and orientation of the nasal septum, he will close the small wounds. He uses resorbable sutures to ensure seamless healing.
  • Sometimes, your nose might be packed with gauze or a silicone splint to maintain the septum in place until it heals properly. 

After septum correction surgery, you will be woken up and taken to your room to recover. 

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Recovery After Septum Deviation Surgery

One of the best things about septoplasty is the easier recovery (compared to a full rhinoplasty). Septal deviation correction is less invasive and usually does not involve breaking nasal bones. Therefore, you can expect to recover faster and with fewer symptoms. Normal recovery symptoms and side effects of septoplasty include:

  • Occasional blood spotting 
  • Pain around the nose 
  • Swelling and Bruising 
  • Decreased sense of smell for a while
  • Some Numbness around the nose and upper lip 

Full recovery usually takes 3-4 weeks. However, you can resume your daily activities much earlier. You can usually go back to your job after 3-5 days. By then, most of the annoying symptoms will have significantly improved. You can start walking on the same day of septoplasty. Light activities can be resumed as of the second day. Running and jogging can be resumed 3-4 days after your procedure. Contact sports and risky traumatic sports (e.g., football, basketball, swimming) should be avoided for several months. Be careful – trauma to the nose after a septoplasty can ruin the results. 

Septoplasty Cost Sydney - How much does Septoplasty surgery cost in Sydney NSW? Prices & Fees

Septoplasty usually costs less than a full rhinoplasty. However, the costs of septal correction are variable. What you’ll pay depends on many factors, such as the experience of your surgeon, the type of surgery you have (open vs. closed),  location of the hospital and whether or not you want to have a full rhinoplasty with septoplasty. 

Dr Hunt’s team will provide a quote of the costs after your first consultation.  Please call for an estimate.

Is Septoplasty covered by Medicare or private health insurance?

Medicare and insurance may partially cover the cost of your septoplasty in many cases. Since septal deviation can lead to many uncomfortable symptoms, surgical correction is usually considered a medical necessity.

Find out more about possible Medicare & Health Fund coverage,a  Septoplasty Surgery Payment Plan, or the costs for nose surgery on our Surgical Costs page.

Is Septoplasty Surgery Worth It?

About 95% of women and men who get septoplasty find that the procedure is worth it.  Septoplasty can be life-changing. People don’t really appreciate the value of a full smooth nasal breath until they get the chance to experience it. The feeling of air moving freely through the nostrils can be both liberating and invigorating.

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FAQs for Septoplasty Surgery

What are some recovery tips for septoplasty?

Answer:

After septoplasty, you should try to sleep with your head elevated. Avoid scratching your nose. If you must sneeze, then do so with your mouth open. You can use wrapped ice packs to reduce swelling and pain.

Does septoplasty change nose shape?

Answer:

Yes. Septoplasty can also help a crooked nose. It can also make your nose less projecting and less pointy if a large septum is a cause.

How long is septoplasty recovery?

Answer:

You can usually get back to work 3-5 days after septoplasty. Most post op symptoms will resolve by 3-6 weeks after the procedure. Some swelling might remain for several months afterward but will eventually go away on its own.

Can a septoplasty change your voice?

Answer:

Yes. Many patients with previously nasal voices report that their voices have changed after getting their septum straightened and fixed.

Is septoplasty life-changing?

Answer:

Septal deviation correction can be life-changing. It can restore your ability to breathe seamlessly through your nose. It will reduce symptoms of nasal stuffiness, obstruction, difficulty breathing, and congestion. Moreover, it can also change the way your nose looks.

Can a deviated septum come back after surgery?

Answer:

No. Deviated septum surgery is regarded as permanent. However, if you sustain trauma to the nose after your surgery, then you might develop a deviated septum again. Keep in mind that even if the septum does not deviate again, the symptoms may still recur. Studies show that 25% of patients still have some nasal symptoms after septoplasty.

Does septoplasty leave a scar?

Answer:

No. If done using a closed technique, the incision will be inside the nose. If done with an open technique, the incision will be at the bottom of the columella and will be very well hidden in the natural skin fold (where the columella meets the upper lip).

How do you sleep after septoplasty?

Answer:

It’s recommended that you sleep on your back with your head elevated after septoplasty.

Does septoplasty hurt?

Answer:

Septoplasty is not a characteristically painful procedure. As with any procedure, there is some pain involved. Routine painkillers are usually enough to keep the pain under control.

Do deviated septums get worse over time?

Answer:

The symptoms of a deviated septum may worsen with time. Nasal obstruction, congestion, and sinusitis can become a vicious cycle. The more obstruction you have, the more likely you are to develop sinusitis, leading to even more obstruction.

Does septoplasty shorten the nose?

Answer:

If it’s needed. An over projecting septum can be a cause of a long nose. A Septoplasty can shorten your nose if required. It’s usually combined with other techniques to reshape the whole nose.

What happens if you don't fix a deviated septum?

Answer:

The nasal deviation is not likely to be a life-threatening medical condition. You can live your whole life without getting it fixed. Nevertheless, leaving septal deviation untreated can lead to worsening nasal symptoms.

Will my teeth hurt after septoplasty?

Answer:

It’s normal for the upper gums and teeth to hurt after septoplasty. Some of the nerves that supply this area might be over-sensitive for a while after the surgery.

Does a deviated septum make you snore?

Answer:

Yes. A deviated septum can block one side of your nose and cause snoring. Septoplasty may help reduce your snoring.

How long do stents stay in after septoplasty?

Answer:

Nasal stents, if used by Dr Hunt, should remain 1-2 weeks in the nose before being removed.

Does it hurt to have nasal splints removed?

Answer:

Splint removal after septoplasty is not especially painful. However, it might be a bit uncomfortable.

Can you go for a walk after septoplasty?

Answer:

Yes. Gentle movement and walking is encouraged after septoplasty. Jogging and running should be postponed till much later in the recovery. Ask your surgeon for recovery instructions.

Can a deviated septum cause loss of sense of smell?

Answer:

Some patients with deviated septum suffer from a reduced sense of smell. This can be a result of obstruction or over-dryness of the nasal mucosa caused by septal deviation.

Is deviated septum natural?

Answer:

Deviated septum can be a result of a developmental disorder, trauma during childbirth, or trauma during childhood or adulthood. Genetics may also play a part.

What are the Risks and Complications of Septoplasty?

Answer:

Septoplasty is regarded a safe procedure as it does not involve extensive tissue manipulation. Nevertheless, all surgery has risks and complications may occur:

  • Septum perforation – a hole forms in the septum. It might need surgical correction. 
  • Unsatisfactory nose shape 
  • Persistence of nasal symptoms, obstruction, stuffiness 
  • Trouble breathing 
  • Persistent nose bleed 
  • Decreased sense of smell 

Dr Hunt will cover your risks and complications during the consultation as part of the informed consent process.

Although the rate of complications is rare with septal correction surgery, you can still minimize it even more. You should choose a plastic surgeon with extensive experience in performing nose reshaping surgery and septoplasty.  

What are the other types of Nose Surgery Dr. Jeremy Hunt offer?

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About Dr Jeremy Hunt

Dr Hunt has worked with thousands of patients across his 20-year career. He is widely regarded as a top plastic surgeon in Australia. This is reflected in his role as Spokesperson for the ASPS – Australian Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr Hunt is also a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons (FRACS) and Supervisor of Plastic Surgery Training at Sydney Children’s Hospital.

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