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.
"This review may be a little early as I just got my cast off my nose today...but I am over the moon. I don't know how Dr. Keyes does it, and I'll admit I was skeptical while the cast was on as the cast and tape can distort things. I was actually a nervous wreck. But when that cast came off today, it reduced me to happy tears. He did everything I wanted and more. My nose is now straight, and it looks amazing. Even swollen I love it! I can breathe through my left nostril for the first time and it feels so good. I seriously feel like a new person. I'm so excited to see how it progresses over the next year. Dr. Keyes was the only consultation I had, and for a second it crossed my mind, did I jump the gun on this? Do I need a second opinion? Something in my gut trusted him. And I'm so glad my gut was right. His reviews and his before and after photos on his website speak for themselves. I am so thankful to Dr. Keyes and Kimberly. They're so easy to reach and they care about you just as much before the surgery as they do after. They are wonderful. Couldn't recommend them more. I am so happy. Thank you Dr. Keyes and Kimberly. From the bottom of my heart!"- S.B. / Yelp / Nov 05, 2019
"Honest, Experienced, and Generous - these are the three words that best describe Dr. Keyes!"- M.M. / Google / Jun 25, 2020
"I had a rhinoplasty done by Dr. Keyes and it was a great experience. He gave me the best nose possible and I’m just 3 weeks post op. Kimberley was such a sweetheart by helping me out in any little thing. I recommend Dr. Keyes 100% if you want to get a rhinoplasty."- J.G. / Google / Jun 24, 2020
"Miraculous Experience! - I had my nose broken seven years ago from an accident, not that it was ever perfect to begin with but the damage it caused impacted me to the point where I felt like taking pictures were a violation of my privacy, I was too afraid to speak up in college and pursue my career because I felt like I was too ugly! I stepped into Dr. Keyes office not knowing a thing about plastic surgery and he made the procedure easy to understand. Because a lot of trauma was involved with the accident, I was actually terrified, so it meant a lot that Dr. Keyes assured me that everything was going to go great and it did. Everyone was very kind and helping and I felt like we connected right away. Now, I can't even remember that there was a time when I ever did not have the confidence to pursue my dreams!"- K. / RealSelf / May 22, 2020
"I broke my nose extremely badly playing soccer in college. After the break, I had a doctor tell me that due to the severity of how deviated my septum was, it would be impossible to make my nose straight without making it much wider and compromising the look of my nose. I have small features and so I didn't want to have my nose widened so I had surgery with a doctor in Minnesota knowing that I wouldn't be coming out of the surgery with a straight nose. At the time, I believed that was my only option. I went on living life, knowing that if I had the opportunity to change one thing about myself, it would be my nose. It was the one feature I was most self-conscious about because every time I looked in the mirror I saw the "S" shape of my nose. When I would smile, my nose would droop and appear much larger than it was. It bothered me so much that I would edit photos of myself to make my nose straight. Several years later after moving to Los Angeles I found and met with Dr. Keyes. I cannot even begin to explain how blessed I was to have found him. When we first sat down together, I didn't even have to tell him what was wrong with my nose. He started explaining everything that he saw that needed fixing. He said my septum was pushed out of place, then incorrectly fixed by a doctor that wasn't properly trained which resulted in the "S" shape, that the cartilage in my tip wasn't strong enough which was causing my nose to droop when I would smile and he explained to me that he knew exactly what would need to be done to fix my nose. I have never felt so much confidence in a doctor. Dr. Keyes made all my fears and all my reservations go away in that instance. I put my faith in Dr. Keyes, rightfully so. Dr. Keyes and his team took the best care of me; before surgery, during and after. Kimberely held my hand as I went under anesthesia and made sure I was comfortable and felt safe the entire time. I never thought I would get to a place where I truly felt confident in the way my nose looked. Dr. Keyes proved to me that when you find the right doctor, who knows exactly what they're doing, it's more than a possibility. Now, it's my reality. I could not be happier with the outcome and I could not be happier with the experience. I would highly recommend anyone looking for an amazing plastic surgeon for a rhinoplasty, to set up a consultation with Dr. Keyes. I promise he will exceed your expectations the same way he did mine."- M.S. / Google / Mar 14, 2020
Septoplasty 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.
Septoplasty 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 with Septoplasty
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.
Septoplasty 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.