A septoplasty starts from $4,999, 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.
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.
A septoplasty procedure typically takes around 2 hours, depending on the severity of the condition.
A septoplasty is a surgery used to fix a crooked/deviated septum. It allows for airflow through the nose to improve, therefore improving breathing. 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.
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:
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.
Breathe Easy. A whopping 90% of septoplasty 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.
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:
Bleeding. Following the procedure, minor bleeding and swelling at the septoplasty 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.
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.
The different types of Septoplasty 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.
Injection rhinoplasty into collapsing internal valves can sometimes improve breathing.
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.
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 septoplasty, you may have to:
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.
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.
A cosmetic rhinoplasty, chin implant or double chin liposuction are often combined with a septoplasty.
The procedure itself will be performed under either local or general anesthesia, so the surgery itself is painless. Once the anesthesia wears off, your nose will be swollen, painful, and packed with vaseline-impregnated gauze to control bleeding.
Patients who undergo septoplasty should wait at least 2-3 days to blow their nose. This will help quicken your recovery time.
While septoplasty is 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.
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.
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.
After a septoplasty, you should not:
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.
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.