Difficulty breathing through the nose, post nasal drip and nasal discharge are some of the most common nasal deformities which can be corrected by septoplasty surgery. The septum is made up of thin bone and cartilage, separating the nostrils inside the nose. A septoplasty procedure can help correct a deviated, or crooked, septum allowing for better airflow when breathing through the nose. During a septoplasty procedure, the nasal septum is repositioned into a straighter alignment which may require cutting or removing portions of the cartilage before putting into position. This type of procedure alone does not change the shape of the nose; however, if you wish to make an aesthetic change, Dr. Behmand can perform this procedure at the same time as rhinoplasty surgery. Sometimes a turbinate reshaping procedure is recommended at the time of surgery. The turbinates on each side of the nasal septum act as buffers to protect the sinuses and can sometime become enlarged, making it difficult for airflow to pass through the nose. Turbinate reshaping can be performed at the same time as septoplasty and rhinoplasty surgery.
During your consultation, it is important to let Dr. Behmand know of any medical issues or complications you have had with your nose. This can include previous nose surgeries, nasal trauma or injuries, seasonal allergies and difficulty breathing. Dr. Behmand will look inside your nose with a medical tool called a speculum to clearly observe your sinuses and nasal passageways. Based on this examination, a precise surgical plan will be put together and reviewed with you. Sometimes, a portion of the surgery may be covered by your private health insurance. Authorization from your insurance company would need to be received before surgery could be performed. Dr. Behmand’s Patient Care Coordinator will be able to review your options, estimated cost of surgery and fees associated after your consultation with Dr. Behmand.
Septoplasty surgery is usually scheduled as an outpatient procedure in our private surgery center. General anesthesia is used to help you fall asleep and remain comfortable during surgery. You will be released to go home the same day, with no need to stay overnight at the surgery center. When Dr. Behmand performs this procedure in conjunction with rhinoplasty surgery, a precise incision is made at the base of the nose, which is unnoticeable to others when completely healed. If necessary, modifications are then made to reconstruct, reduce or remodel the pair of turbinates on each side of the septum and when fully healed, will shrink in size. Because the septum provides structural support to the nose, intricate alterations are then made to align the cartilage and create clearer passageways, without changing shape to the nose. To reduce the chance of scar tissue formation and help keep the fragile nasal bones straight while healing, soft silicone splints and then placed inside the nose. If rhinoplasty surgery was performed at the same time, an external splint will be placed on the outside of the nose as well. Once Dr. Behmand feels confident that every modification has been corrected to the best of his ability, you will be taken to the post-op area to wake up and get ready to be driven home and recover.
If you are interested in learning more about septoplasty, turbinate reshaping or rhinoplasty surgery, please contact the office of Dr. Ramin Behmand at (925)939-9200 so we may help you get scheduled in for a face to face consultation.