A septoplasty is a surgical procedure to correct a deviated nasal septum - a displacement of the bone and cartilage that divides your two nostrils. Deviations of the septum can lead to nasal obstruction. When it deviates into one of the cavities, it narrows that cavity and impedes airflow. During a septoplasty, your nasal septum is straightened and repositioned to the middle of your nose, resulting in proper airflow and breathing. As a double board certified facial plastic surgeon and ENT (Ear Nose Throat) specialist, Dr. Marcus delivers among the best septoplasty Los Angeles has to offer.
Symptoms of nasal airway obstruction or a deviated septum can include:
- Breathing obstruction
- Mouth breathing
- Dry mouth
- Weakened sense of smell
- Recurrent sinus infections
- Sinus headaches
- Eustachian tube dysfunction
- Sleep disturbance
When left untreated, these symptoms can eventually bring about more serious manifestations of chronic nasal dysfunction, including insomnia, hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea. It is crucial for the sake of your health to treat these symptoms accordingly with the proper care and help of an Ear Nose and Throat Specialist.
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Combining functional and cosmetic Rhinoplasty
Septoplasty could be considered another important type of rhinoplasty—a non-cosmetic version that's designed to assist breathing. Although the distinction between functional and cosmetic rhinoplasty is often hazy (as a satisfying nasal surgery should always optimize both appearance and breathing), some patients desire improvements in airway function without changes in nasal contour - thus the term functional rhinoplasty.
While solely cosmetic rhinoplasty or solely functional rhinoplasty are both quite commonplace, there are also patients seeking both functional and cosmetic improvement in a single surgery. After all, a crooked or awkward nose is often associated with corresponding functional abnormalities. For such patients, Dr. Marcus possesses the skill and experience to provide beautiful and functional results.
Treating more than a deviated septum
While eliminating internal airway blockage is often adequate for patients with minor airway obstruction, more severe forms of nasal airway obstruction require surgical treatment of the external nasal framework as well.
Noses that are twisted, deviated, collapsed, pinched or any combination thereof will not improve with internal airway surgery alone. In this patient category, certain techniques are imperative to straighten, enlarge, and reinforce the obstructed external nasal passages in order to create an unobstructed airflow between the nose and throat. These techniques are simply various forms of functional rhinoplasty. As an ENT specialist, Dr. Marcus has the knowledge and skill to help patients get relief from virtually any deformity of the nose with among the finest septoplasty Los Angeles has available.
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