Septoplasty (Deviated Septum Surgery) – Correction of an Obstructed Nasal Passage – Los Angeles, CA

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About Septoplasty

Have you been told that you have a deviated septum and want to learn more about how to fix it? Your nasal septum is located in the center of your nose center to separate the nostrils. It is made up of cartilage and bone. It can block your airway and cause breathing problems. To repair a septum that is deviated or crooked, a septoplasty procedure can be performed by our double board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Geoffrey Keyes, in Los Angeles, CA. With this surgery, you will be able to breathe easily once more. A deviated septum can cause disruptive snoring and other complications. Dr. Keyes provides septoplasty for men and women who have been diagnosed with a deviated septum that obstructs their airway.

Many different factors can cause a deviated septum, including genetics, trauma or injury, or a birth defect. In some cases, in conjunction with turbinate reduction surgery, a septoplasty is performed to make an impact on the proper flow of nasal air. A septoplasty may also be performed to correct cosmetic nasal issues in combination with rhinoplasty surgery. We can treat the nose for functionality and create an aesthetically appealing nose. Contact our facility today to schedule an appointment.

Ideal Candidates

A deviated or crooked septum, which could have been caused by one of many factors, will be assessed by Dr. Keyes for septoplasty. Candidates may be experiencing unpleasant symptoms like breathing problems, snoring, frequent nosebleeds, and/or a crooked nose. A septoplasty can provide a long-term solution to the many problems caused by an abnormal septum.

Procedure Technique

A septoplasty is a 1 – 2-hour outpatient procedure, which can be performed under general anesthesia or a lighter form of sedation (such as twilight sedation). The good news is that there are no external incisions that need to be made to repair your septum. Dr. Keyes will lift all the tissues that cover your septum and separate them. He will have an excellent view of your nasal structure to reshape your septum. Once revised, your incisions inside your nose will be closed.

What to Expect

Following a septoplasty procedure, you may experience some slight pain, discomfort, swelling, and/or bruising. Typically, you will be able to return to your normal daily activities within a week but should avoid contact sports or activities that require extensive exercise. You will begin to experience improved breathing once the swelling subsides, and results will continue to improve within the weeks and months following your procedure.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose a plastic surgeon rather than an ENT physician to perform a septoplasty?
Dr. Keyes is a renowned plastic surgeon with more than 40 years of rhinoplasty and ENT physician experience. He will understand the importance of both function and aesthetics to provide you with your wanted results. He is also double board certified by the both The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery. 

Why should I seek surgical treatment for a deviated septum?
Sinusitis and breathing problems are both adverse consequences for living with a deviated septum. These problems will become chronic. Most patients with a deviated septum consider surgery when it is blocking one or both nostrils — not for aesthetic purposes.

How long does it take to recover from a septoplasty?
Dr. Keyes can give you an estimate of how long your specific surgery will take to heal. Since this surgery is customized for your situation, the recovery period can vary.

Improve Your Blocked Breathing

You should not have to deal with the hassle of having your airways blocked or not being able to sleep properly because of snoring, which are likely symptoms of a deviated septum. At Geoffrey R. Keyes, M.D., F.A.C.S., we are proud to provide septoplasty procedures to help our patients breathe more easily and increase their quality of life. To learn more about this surgery and how it may be useful to you, contact our office today in Los Angeles, CA.

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