SpaMedica is a private plastic surgery centre and does not perform health insurance or OHIP procedures, thus a septoplasty is a private pay procedure.
A septoplasty starts from $4,999. Financing options are available. During your surgical consultation, the SpaMedica surgical consultant and Dr. Bell or Dr. Stephen Mulholland will discuss the various options you have and which options are best for you to meet your aesthetic goals.
However, if you are paying for a cosmetic rhinoplasty, the septoplasty is generally included at no cost within the cosmetic rhinoplasty fees.
After septoplasty surgery, you will be able to return to work or school within 5-7 days and back to your routine in about 3 weeks. This varies depending on how much surgery was done and what type of procedure you have. Most people recuperate fully in 1- 2 months post-surgery.
A septoplasty procedure takes anywhere from 30-60 minutes, depending on the severity of the condition.
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. Septoplasty corrects the deviated septum of the nose and helps improve breathing.
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. If you have breathing blockages on one or both sides of your nasal passages, you may be a septoplasty candidate.
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.
Reshaping a bent septum not only enhances airflow, but it 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 sinuses that were narrowed or obstructed.
For those that had an impaired sense of smell or taste due to a deviated septum, this surgery may recover the senses.
Although septoplasty is a very low-risk procedure, patients should be aware of the potential complications. Dr. Stephen Mulholland and his team at SpaMedica have over 20 years of facial rehabilitation and have rarely seen any of these risks:
Following the procedure, minor bleeding and swelling at the septoplasty site is possible.
Infection is extremely rare and can be eliminated by using a reputable surgeon and preventative antibiotics.
Toxic Shock Syndrome
Toxic Shock Syndrome refers to 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. Our very own Dr. Stephen Mulholland has been the recipient of many awards and has been named one of Toronto’s best neck and facelift surgeons by “Toronto Life,” “Flare,” and “Toronto Fashion.” He has also taught 5000+ physicians his techniques. Dr. Mulholland has performed over 1000 rhinoplasties and is trained in both plastic surgery and ENT head and neck oncology.
Corrects the deviated septum of the nose. This procedure helps improve breathing.
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. Mulholland, Dr. Tom Bell and their team of SpaMedica surgeons will straighten bent cartilage and bone in the septum by lifting the mucosa lining covering the cartilage and bone, reshaping and removing (if necessary) parts of the cartilage and bone 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.
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 result is visible, which is the time necessary for complete tissue softening.
The procedure itself will be performed under either local or general anesthesia, so the surgery itself is painless. Though 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 interior of the nose, your nasal appearance will usually not change. There are, however, some cases of slight changes in the appearance of the nose.
A rhinoplasty is a reconstructive cosmetic procedure intended to improve the aesthetics, symmetry, and functionality of your nose. If you want to adjust the appearance of your nose or you 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 at the time of a rhinoplasty, especially when the septum is jeopardizing proper airflow.