Septoplasty Atlanta

Deviated Septum Correction

A deviated septum occurs when the wall of bone in the nose between the two nostrils becomes crooked. When this happens, patients experience difficulty breathing and sleeping. Septoplasty surgery can correct a deviated septum and provide patients with improved nose function. At Astra Plastic Surgery, we offer septoplasty to help patients achieve an improved quality of life. A deviated septum can occur as the result of an injury, but some patients are also born with it.

What Is Septoplasty?

Septoplasty is a surgical rhinoplasty procedure performed to repair the inner structure of the nose, allowing patients to achieve improved breathing. Septoplasty can correct a crooked or deviated septum. The septum is about 2.5 to 3 inches in adults and is comprised of fragile bone and cartilage. Oftentimes, septoplasty is performed in conjunction with rhinoplasty, which addresses any cosmetic nose concerns. By combining these procedures, patients can enjoy both cosmetic and functional enhancements to the nose. Septoplasty can also be performed without altering the outward appearance of the nose, simply to correct a deviated septum.

A deviated septum can block either one or both nostrils, making breathing, sleeping, and exercising increasingly difficult. Septoplasty is one of the most commonly performed rhinoplasty procedures. By repositioning the septum with the midline of the nose, patients will experience increased airflow through the nostrils, allowing for more ease when breathing. Septoplasty is the only procedure that can correct a deviated septum.

What Are The Benefits Of Septoplasty?

Septoplasty in Atlanta has many benefits that can be life-changing for patients. While a minor deviation in the septum may not cause health concerns, a severely deviated septum can cause troubled breathing leading to snoring and preventing the nasal passages from draining. At Astra Plastic Surgery, we offer septoplasty for patients struggling from the symptoms associated with a deviated septum.


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Am I An Ideal Candidate For Septoplasty?

During your consultation for septoplasty in Atlanta, Dr. Killingsworth and his team of talented facial plastic surgeons will evaluate your nose, your medical history, as well as your procedure goals to ensure that you are an ideal candidate. It is important to remember that septoplasty corrects the inner structure of the nose. However, patients seeking an improved cosmetic appearance of the nose should combine septoplasty with rhinoplasty.

If you struggle to breathe and it has affected your sleep, exercise, or daily life, septoplasty might be right for you. Septoplasty can correct a deviated septum and allow patients to breathe more easily. The ideal candidate for septoplasty should be in good general health and a non-smoker. Additionally, patients should have realistic expectations for the results of their procedure.

What Should I Expect During Septoplasty?

Before undergoing septoplasty, patients will be administered anesthesia. The type of anesthesia administered, either local or general, is dependent on a variety of factors. The extent of the deviation, the patient’s anatomy, age, and health history can all influence the type of anesthesia that is required to perform the procedure. For this reason, it is vital that patients are open about their health history and current medications.

Once the procedure begins, our rhinoplasty surgeons will begin with the initial incision. This may be placed inside or outside of the nose, depending on the complexity of the condition. Next, the mucous membrane, the protective covering of the septum, is lifted. This exposes the septum, allowing it to be carefully repositioned. Any bone or cartilage interfering with the function of the nose will be removed or repositioned. The mucous membrane will be put back in place and the incisions can be closed.

What Should I Expect After Septoplasty?

Following septoplasty surgery, patients will be free to return home the same day of their procedure once the anesthesia wears off. Patients may experience mild pain, swelling, and bleeding. However, these symptoms are normal and will subside in the weeks following septoplasty surgery. Any pain can be controlled with medication. In some cases, a splint may be placed, or the nose will be packed with cotton to further promote healing.

Before sending you home, Dr. Killingsworth and his plastic surgery team will provide detailed aftercare instructions. It is important that patients follow these instructions with care to minimize the recovery period and maximize their results. Patients should be sure to keep their head elevated to relieve any swelling and allow fluids to drain properly. It is recommended that patients avoid strenuous activity, blowing their nose, and wearing glasses or touching their face to further expedite the healing process. Although procedure times vary, septoplasty usually takes between an hour and an hour and a half to complete.




What Results Should I Expect From Septoplasty?

Immediately after the septoplasty procedure, some patients will experience improved breathing. In other cases, the post-operative dressings may interfere with noticing the results. Once any splints or cotton packing is removed, patients should notice the results of the septoplasty procedure.

Although the results should be noticed shortly after the procedure, it can take up to a year for the nose to fully heal. In some cases, the septum may migrate during the healing process, making another surgery necessary. Results will vary depending on a variety of factors, including the extent of the deviated septum, the patient’s individual anatomy, post-operative care, and more. If you have any questions about your results throughout the recovery process, we encourage you to call our office. Our staff is on hand to answer any questions you may have.

How Much Does Septoplasty In Atlanta Cost?

Astra Plastic Surgery offers septoplasty for patients struggling from a deviated septum. The cost of septoplasty depends on a variety of factors. Because septoplasty is considered a medical procedure, it may be covered by insurance. We will provide you with the complete cost during your consultation. We accept payment by cash, personal check, credit card, CareCredit®, and Alphaeon® Credit financing.

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How Do I Learn More About
Septoplasty In Atlanta?

Dr. Christopher Killingsworth and his staff of plastic surgery professionals would be happy to help you set up a personal consultation to discuss septoplasty in Atlanta in more detail. Contact our Atlanta office at 678.367.3678, our Cumming, GA office at 678.586.4345, our Marietta, GA office at 678.367.4137, our Alpharetta, GA office at 678.647.6311, or request an appointment online today.

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