Septoplasty is a procedure offered at New England Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center in Weymouth, MA to help our clients improve the appearance and functionality of their nose. Some people come in to address a medical concern. Others seek surgery for cosmetic purposes. Everyone comes in with questions. Today, we’re answering some of the most frequently asked questions about this procedure to help you determine if it’s right for you.
What Issues Can Be Treated By Getting a Septoplasty?
Septoplasty was designed to treat a deviated septum by straightening the cartilage and bone separating your nostrils. Most of the time, people who seek this procedure suffer from sleep apnea due to their deviated septum. However, there are other problems that can be treated with this procedure. For example, it can improve the height, length, and midline position of the nose.
Other Frequently Asked Questions Answered
How Should I Prepare for Surgery?
To prepare for surgery, you need to come in for an evaluation to verify that this procedure is appropriate for you. During this evaluation, you will be asked about what drugs and supplements you currently take, as well as what medical conditions you have been diagnosed with. You will also undergo a physical exam to make sure surgery will be safe for you. Moreover, we will photograph your nose from different angles to help give you a better idea of what results you can expect.
Another very important preparation step to take prior to surgery is to stop taking any drugs or supplements that can cause bleeding. Examples include NSAIDs, MAOIs, fish oil supplements, garlic supplements, and vitamin E supplements. Additionally, you need to stop smoking and drinking alcohol prior to your procedure. Whether you need to fast prior to surgery depends on the type of anesthesia that is best for you.
What Can I Expect During My Procedure?
During your procedure, you will be sound asleep, and your nose will be numbed completely. You will not experience any anxiety or pain while your nose is being altered. Shortly before your procedure begins, your nose skin will be inspected thoroughly to verify that this is no irritation. Then, it will be sterilized, and anesthesia will be administered.
Once you are prepped for surgery, incisions will be made inside the nose. Depending on the scope of your procedure, an additional incision may be made between your nostrils. Through these incisions, your bones and cartilage will be trimmed, replaced, or repositioned as necessary to improve the appearance and functionality of your nose. If your concern is a deviation along the bridge of your nose, spreader grafts can help reinforce the cartilage in your nose.
What Should I Expect After My Procedure?
Once your deviated septum has been corrected, an absorbable suture will be used to close the incisions. This means that you don’t have to worry about coming in for a follow-up for the removal of your sutures. Rather, your skin will absorb them as it heals. Additionally, packing may be placed in your nose, depending on the scope of your procedure. Once all of this is done, you will be moved to a recovery room and observed as the anesthesia wears off.
How Should I Care for Myself After Surgery?
There are several steps you will need to take to care for yourself after surgery. One of the most important steps you will need to take is to sleep on your back with your head elevated. Sleeping on your side or stomach can slow your recovery process. It is also extremely important that you do not blow your nose during the first several weeks of your recovery. If your nose feels itchy, relieve the itchiness with a saline-based nasal spray or antihistamine.
Moreover, you should avoid pulling clothes over your head. Rather, bathrobes, dresses, and button-down shirts should be worn. Additionally, during the first five weeks post-op, you should not engage in any vigorous physical activity, like lifting heavy weights or running.
How Should I Keep the Surgical Site Clean?
The use of a saline nose rinse is required to keep the inside of your nose clean. During your initial consultation, we will provide you with complete instructions on how to accomplish this. Additionally, you should use half-strength hydrogen peroxide and cotton swabs to keep the outside of your nostrils clean.
What Downtime Is Required After Surgery?
Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll be able to go home on the same day as your procedure. However, you won’t be able to go to work for several days after your procedure. Depending on the scope of your job and the scope of your procedure, you can generally expect to need one to two weeks off from work.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Septoplasty is a procedure designed to correct a deviated septum. This can result in many benefits, including the treatment of sleep apnea and a significant improvement in the appearance of the nose. Contact us now at New England Cosmetic Surgery and Laser Center in Weymouth, MA to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. John B. Lazor MD, MBA, FACS if you think this procedure may benefit you.