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.
"My nose has always been a huge insecurity for me. My insecurities became magnetized when I started getting more into performance and dance. I've always had narrow breathing passages and would breath through my mouth which was hindering my athletic ability. I was unhappy with the overall structure and function of my nose and decided it was time to seek help. Dr. Keys was my 4th visit after deciding I wanted to pursue septoplasty and possibly rhinoplasty. As soon as I met Kimberley and Dr. Keyes everything clicked. He knew exactly how to help me and educated me on the entire process. I felt very comfortable and in good hands. If you are looking for someone who is knowledgeable, experienced, and has a good bedside manner, Dr. Keyes is the place for you. I'm extremely happy with the work he's done. Kimberley and Dr. Keyes make the process easy and take care of everything for you, they are an amazing team!"- H.H. / Google / Jul 23, 2018
"Dr. Keyes and his staff are simply the best. I've had rhinoplasty to correct a deviated septum, as well as several rounds of Botox. I can honestly say I wouldn't see anyone else. The quality of care is unmatched, and the results reflect this. Highly recommended!"- D.S. / Google / Jan 23, 2018
"I am eternally grateful for Dr. Keyes and his assistant Kimberley - I trusted Dr. Keyes and his experience and expertise. He helped me to correct my deviated septum and also improve the appearance of my nose. I am eternally grateful for Dr. Keyes and his assistant Kimberley. They were very helpful along the way and helped to feel comfortable throughout the whole process. Kimberley was very helpful in the beginning to give me options of what I was looking for and very nice! Thank you a million times!"- _. / RealSelf / Feb 19, 2019
"I am able to breath from both nostrils! - I struggled with the appearance of my nose for years. I also, had a deviated septum that prevented me from breathing. I finally decided in 2020 to get it fixed and in March-April scheduled online consultations with different plastic surgeons. Dr.Keyes was the first plastic surgeon I talked to (and felt like he would be the surgeon I would choose). In our online consultation he informed me about the procedure and took the time to answer my questions. At the end of our call I told him I was just starting my research about rhinoplasty and still looking for the right doctor and he told me some things to look out for. He wanted what was best for me and that’s when I knew he would be the one. On top of that, he is a double board certified doctor, so he fixed the appearance of my nose and my deviated septum. My nose is so cute now and for the first in a long time I am able to breath from both nostrils!Now to mention, Kimberley, she is the sweetest and most supportive surgical assistant ever! She has been there for me EVERY step of the way. She is so helpful and patient. Can’t explain how awesome she is in words but she’s the best."- 5. / RealSelf / Jul 10, 2020
"I trusted Dr. Keyes and his experience and expertise. He helped me to correct my deviated septum and also improve the appearance of my nose. I am eternally grateful for Dr. Keyes and his assistant Kimberley. They were very helpful along the way and helped to feel comfortable throughout the whole process. Kimberley was very helpful in the beginning to give me options of what I was looking for and very nice! Thank you a million times!"- _. / RealSelf / Jun 19, 2019
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.
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.