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The interior of the nose is separated into two chambers by a partition made of cartilage and bone, known as the septum. Sometimes this wall is crooked, or deviated, from birth, while other times it may incur defects due to an injury. Drug addiction may also play a role in damaging the septum. As a result, a patient may experience obstructed breathing, sinus infections, postnasal drip, headaches and even nosebleeds. Persons with a deviated septum may breathe noisily during the day and snore at night. Insomnia, or sleep apnea, is a common complaint as well. If you’re interested in a deviated septum surgery in NYC, visit Dr. Kwak for a consultation.

Benefits of septoplasty

Although sleep aids, decongestants and allergy medications may provide some temporary relief for these troublesome symptoms, only the septoplasty procedure can permanently correct the source of the problem, straightening out the septum cartilage in order to relieve the blockage. Septoplasty is most often accompanied by a rhinoplasty in NYC. However, if the patient does not wish to make any cosmetic changes to the exterior of the nose, septoplasty can be performed on its own, or in conjunction with sinus or nasal valve surgery.

Details of the septoplasty procedure

Septoplasty can be performed under general or local anesthesia at an ambulatory surgical center or affiliated hospital, and generally takes about 2 hours. Unlike most cosmetic procedures, septoplasty in New York is usually covered in full by insurance companies.

As with rhinoplasty, the surgeon can choose to either perform an open septoplasty, leaving a small scar at the base of the nostrils, or a closed procedure, with all incisions made invisibly inside the nose.

After the incision is made, the mucus membrane covering the septum partition is elevated, exposing the bone and cartilage, which can then be reshaped, or in some cases partially removed. With the breathing passageways successfully cleared, the mucus membrane is then sutured back into place, accompanied by splints or packing.

Choosing the right New York facial plastic surgeon for your septoplasty

Scores of deviated septum clients have experienced restored breathing and nasal functioning as a result of Dr. Kwak’s expertise. Septoplasty in NYC is a technically demanding, complex procedure requiring a background in both facial plastic surgery and ear, nose and throat medicine (otolaryngology). As such, choosing a double certified specialist such as Dr. Kwak–who has spent thousands of hours in training, residency and practice focused exclusively on the nose–ensures the most precise and successful outcomes.

Every septoplasty begins with a detailed private consultation, during which Dr. Kwak will assess your medical records, prior surgeries, any medications or supplements you may be taking, your anesthesia preferences, and your goals for the procedure. This is a good time to let the doctor know of any allergies or discomfort you may be experiencing. Once he has formulated your customized treatment plan, Dr. Kwak will walk you through what to expect from start to finish.

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Recovery from septoplasty

New York septoplasty patients typically return home the same day as their surgery. The sutures used during the procedure will dissolve on their own, and packing will be removed within 24 hours. Splints can remain in place for up to several weeks. Some drainage and swelling is to be expected, but clients can help remedy this by sleeping with their head in an elevated position for a few weeks. Strenuous activities and vigorous nose blowing should be avoided for 10-14 days. As healing progresses, deviated septum patients will find their breathing has improved significantly, along with their quality of life.