Septoplasty surgery and treatment information

Septoplasty is a common procedure that is performed for individuals who have a “deviated septum” that can result from trauma or can naturally occur during the growth process of the nasal cartilages. Nasal breathing disorders can be caused by several different factors:

1. Deviated septum.
2. Internal or external nasal valve compromise.
3. Allergy and sinus disease.

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Every patient who presents to The Institute for Rhinoplasty And Nasal Reconstruction will have a comprehensive evaluation of the internal nasal structures. During your evaluation the septum, the internal and external nasal valve, the sinus structures and allergic and nasal tissue will all be evaluated at length. If the patient has had what appears to be a deviated septum, a septoplasty procedure typically can correct that deformity with over 95% success rate.

Typically, the patients are placed on nasal sprays to reduce inflammation and swelling of the areas to further improve the success rate. During the septoplasty procedure a small incision is typically made inside the nose without any external skin incision. The front portion of the septum is primarily cartilage while the back portion of the septum is primarily bone. The most critical area where a deviated septum can cause breathing issues is in the very front portion of the nose as it can significantly narrow the passage of air through the nostrils. During a septoplasty procedure, the cartilages are recontoured to create a more central and midline septum in order to allow equal passage of airway between the two nostrils. It is the difference between the passage of air between the right and left nostril that can cause perception of breathing difficulties and congestion and this can be corrected with a septoplasty procedure.

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At The Institute for Rhinoplasty and Nasal Reconstruction based in Beverly Hills, California, we have a deep passion for correcting both functional nasal airway issues as well as the aesthetic concerns of patients. Many individuals who are undergoing a rhinoplasty procedure have breathing issues that need to be addressed in addition to aesthetic concerns. Dr. Babak Azizzadeh is the Director of The Institute for Rhinoplasty and Nasal Reconstruction initially trained in otolaryngology-head and neck surgery, which has given him a significant insight into the functional issues that relates to the breathing disorders.

Following his training in otolaryngology (ear, nose and throat disorders), Dr. Azizzadeh completed a successful advanced training in facial and nasal plastic surgery at Harvard Medical School where he was able to further expand his expertise in nasal surgery.

Since 2003, Dr. Azizzadeh has been directing The Institute for Rhinoplasty and Nasal Reconstruction and has successfully treated many patients with a deviated septum in addition to cosmetic rhinoplasty. For further questions please contact our office to setup an appointment at The Institute for Rhinoplasty and Nasal Reconstruction.

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