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Septoplasty in Toronto

Starts at $5,999
Procedure Time
2 hours
Recovery Time
5-7 days
Thomas Bell, M.D
Physician and internationally recognized cosmetic plastic surgeon and lecturer.
66 Avenue Road, Suite 4 Toronto, Ontario M5R 3N8

How Much Does a Septoplasty Cost?

A septoplasty starts from $5,999, but financing options are available. During your surgical consultation, the SpaMedica team and Dr. Bell will discuss your options and which options are best for you to meet your aesthetic goals.

However, if you are paying for a cosmetic rhinoplasty, septoplasty is generally included at no cost within the cosmetic rhinoplasty fees.

How Long Does it Take to Recover From a Septoplasty?

After septoplasty surgery, you can return to work or school within 5-7 days and resume your routine in about 3 weeks. This varies depending on the significance of the surgery and what type of procedure you had. Most people recuperate fully in 1- 2 months post-surgery.

How Long Does a Septoplasty Take?

A septoplasty procedure typically takes around 2 hours, depending on the severity of the condition.

What is a Septoplasty?

A septoplasty is a surgery used to fix a crooked/deviated septum. It allows for airflow through the nose to improve, therefore improving your normal breathing again. You can go home on the day of surgery, and swelling may last 2-3 days.

Airway blockages can occur from different functional valves, physiological air flow changes, or anatomic misshapen, traumatized internal structures of the nose, such as the septum or central partition of the nose that might deviate. Large structures from the side wall of the nose, such as the turbinates, may impact airflow passing through the nose.

Who is a Septoplasty Candidate?

If you have an abnormal appearance of the tip of the nose as a result of congenital disabilities, injury, or disease that is cosmetically unattractive or does not “fit” with other facial features, you may be a candidate for cosmetic rhinoplasty and nose reshaping. Additionally, you may be a septoplasty candidate if you have breathing blockages on one or both sides of your nasal passages.

Septoplasties are also an excellent option for patients who need to:

  • Remove nasal polyps.
  • Treat sinusitis.
  • Stop chronic nosebleeds.
  • Address any conditions that block your nasal airway.
  • Improve facial balance.

What is the Septum?

The septum is a structure that supports the nose and separates the left and right airways. The mucosa, which is the tissue membrane, covers the septum. For most people, the septum is straight, but the septum can bend naturally in a small way during childhood or because of an injury. 

Benefits of Septoplasty

Breathe Easy. A whopping 90% of deviated septum surgery patients enjoy improved breathing. This will also alleviate issues you may have with daytime sleepiness because of the improper flow of oxygen.

Better Sleep. Reshaping a bent septum not only enhances airflow but also reduces snoring and/or sleep apnea issues, improving the quality of your sleep.

Fewer Sinus Infections. Opening the airways can allow mucus to pass regularly through the narrow or obstructed sinuses.

Improved Senses. This surgery may recover the senses of those with an impaired sense of smell or taste due to a deviated septum.

Deviated Septum Surgery Risks

Although septoplasty is a very low-risk procedure, patients should be aware of the potential complications. Dr. Bell and his team at SpaMedica have over 20 years of facial rehabilitation and have rarely seen any of these risks among their many patients:

Bleeding. Following the procedure, minor bleeding and swelling at the deviated septum surgery site are possible.

Infection. Infection is extremely rare and can be eliminated by using a reputable surgeon and preventative antibiotics.

Toxic Shock Syndrome. Toxic Shock Syndrome is a rare bacterial infection that may result in a fever, rash, skin peeling, and low blood pressure. None of the septoplasty procedures performed by the doctors at SpaMedica have ever resulted in this complication. 

Tooth and Nose Numbness. Patients may experience a temporary change of sensation and numbness in their teeth and nose. 

Why Choose SpaMedica for Septoplasty?

The SpaMedica facility is state-of-the-art, with an excellent surgical team that will expertly manage your septoplasty surgery. From pre-consultation to post-op care, the team at SpaMedica will have you covered. Named one of the top 10 plastic surgeons in the world by W Magazine, Dr. Bell has performed thousands of cosmetic facial procedures throughout his 25+ year career. 

Different Types of Septoplasty

The different types of deviated septum procedures include:

Nasal Septoplasty. Corrects the deviated septum of the nose. This procedure helps improve breathing problems.

Turbinate Reduction. Reduction of an internal filtering part of the nose (the turbinate). This helps improve airflow.

Nasal Polyp Removal. Removal of polyps that may be obstructing the airway. This treatment is simple, but there are chances of recurrence.

Non-Surgical Septoplasty Alternatives

Injection rhinoplasty into collapsing internal valves can sometimes improve breathing.

How Does Dr. Tom Bell Perform a Deviated Septum Surgery?

During a septoplasty, Dr. Tom Bell and his team of SpaMedica surgeons in Toronto, Canada will straighten bent cartilage and bone in the nasal septum by lifting the mucosa lining through small incisions covering the cartilage and bone and reshaping the cartilage and bone and removing (if necessary) parts of the cartilage and nasal bones and putting the lining back in place.

If swollen turbinates are causing the blockage, the doctor may attempt to shrink them with radiofrequency reduction or remove a portion of the turbinate altogether.

How to Prepare for a Septoplasty

As septoplasty involves general anesthesia, it is advised that patients should refrain from eating and drinking the night before the procedure. Your surgical procedure will be performed in a hospital or a licensed clinic using general anesthesia. 

To prepare for a deviated septum surgery, you may have to:

  • Get a medical evaluation.
  • Take certain medications or adjust your current medications.
  • Stop smoking.
  • Avoid taking over-the-counter pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, and herbal supplements, so bleeding does not worsen.

What to Expect After a Septoplasty

People will commonly feel drowsy for a few hours following surgery. Some will feel nausea due to anesthesia. They might also feel pain from the procedure. People should report any after-effects to the nurse. They can offer medications to soothe symptoms.

Patients may experience slight drowsiness or nausea for a few hours post-op. While the pain will be moderate, painkillers will be prescribed. If no complications occur, you will be able to return home on the same day as the procedure but will need to have a friend or family member pick you up.

Septoplasty Recovery & Timeline

Infographic on septoplasty recovery timeline, with stages from 1 day to 24 months post-operation, detailing care instructions and healing milestones.
Day 1-2: You will go home with an external cast or splint in place. The inside of the nose may be packed with a soft petroleum gel for 24-48 hours.

Day 2-4: Initial discomfort is easily controlled with oral medication.

Day 4-6: External sutures (if any) are removed. Internal sutures dissolve.

Day 7-10: The cast or splint is usually removed.

Week 2-4: The majority of swelling and bruising subsides progressively over this time.

Month 3: The semi-final result is evident.

Month 12-24: The final appearance of the nose is visible, which is the time necessary for complete tissue softening.

Best Procedures Paired with Septoplasty

A cosmetic rhinoplasty, chin implant or double chin liposuction are often combined with a septoplasty.

Septoplasty FAQ

How Painful is it to Get a Septoplasty?

The procedure itself will be performed under either local or general anesthesia, making it painless. Once the anesthesia wears off, your nose will be swollen, painful, and packed with vaseline-impregnated gauze to control bleeding.

Can I Blow My Nose After the Procedure?

Patients who undergo septoplasty should wait at least 2-3 days to blow their nose. This will help quicken your recovery time.

Will a Septoplasty Change the Shape of My Nose?

While septoplasty is a procedure performed within the nose’s interior, your nasal appearance will usually not change. There are, however, some cases of slight changes in the nose’s appearance.

What Is the Difference Between Septoplasty and Rhinoplasty?

A rhinoplasty is a reconstructive cosmetic procedure intended to improve your nose’s aesthetics, symmetry, and functionality. If you want to adjust the appearance of your nose or suffer from nasal breathing difficulties, you are likely an excellent candidate for rhinoplasty surgery.

A septoplasty is a procedure that is performed on the septum, the cartilage inside your nose that divides one nasal passageway from the other. Any nasal alteration which may need a partial reduction of the septum is called a septoplasty. This procedure is often performed during a rhinoplasty, especially when the septum is jeopardizing proper airflow.

What should you not do after septoplasty?

After a septoplasty, you should not:

  • Drive or operate machinery.
  • Drink alcohol.
  • Participate in activities where you could fall or put pressure on your face.
  • Lift heavy objects.
  • Participate in strenuous physical activities for 1-2 weeks.
  • Take baths or showers for 24 hours after your surgery.
  • Stay in the sun for more than 15 minutes for a few days after surgery.
  • How do I unclog my nose after septoplasty?

To unclog your nose after a septoplasty, use saline irrigation to decrease swelling and inflammation. Use it 8-10 times daily in each nostril to moisturize the nose and clear debris. Rest your head, too, to keep swelling low, and take decongestants if you need more help to unclog your nose.

When can I touch my nose after septoplasty?

It would be best if you did not touch your nose or put any pressure on the area for at least 1-2 weeks post-op. You also should not wear glasses until 2-3 weeks after your septoplasty.

What is the Success Rate of Septoplasty?

The success rate of septoplasty varies depending on the individual’s condition and the surgeon’s skill. However, studies have shown that around 90% of patients experience improved breathing and symptom relief within two weeks after the surgery.

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