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Deviated Septum, Septoplasty & Rhinoplasty

A DxD Session with Dr Valerie Tay


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Hi Kale

I'm sorry to hear that you're unhappy with your results.  It's always such a leap of faith to undergo facial plastic surgery, and I can understand your concerns. 

Most revisions should take place at least 6-12 months after the initial surgery, to allow time for the swelling to resolve.  These include further nasal tip refinement or persistent deviation of the nose.

However, early revision can be done for slippage/migration of grafts or implants, as well as nasal bones that are asymmetrical. 

This is intended only as a brief summary, and should not take the place of a formal medical consultation.

For specific information regarding your revision surgery,  you should always consult a plastic surgeon or ENT surgeon trained in facial plastic surgery.

21 Nov 2018

Hi Xiang Yin

ENT surgeons will do a thorough examination of your nose, including a video nasoendoscopy (nose scope) to asses if you have a deviated septum.

Sometimes, it is obvious like the photo below.

But in many patients, the deviation can only be seen with the video nasoendoscopy that all ENT specialists have in their clinic.

12 Dec 2018

Hi Shana, A septoplasty is done to address a deviated nasal septum, especially if you experience frequent nasal obstruction, that is not able to able to be controlled with medications.    

It can open up the space in the the nasal passages so that you can breathe better, sleep better, and overall have more energy in your daily life! 

12 Dec 2018

Hi Lian,

The nasal septum is the wall that divides the left and right side of the nose. 

The following photograph, which shows a severely deviated nasal septum, clearly illustrates how a deviated nasal septum causing poorer air flow on the side of the deviation

12 Dec 2018

Hi Jerald, 

Septoplasty alone to address a deviated nasal septum is not meant to change the shape and appearance of your nose, the aim is to improve the breathing and nasal obstruction.

 

 

A rhinoplasty can also be done at the same time (Septorhinoplasty) to change the external appearance and shape of the nose.

When the deviated septum is mainly "internal", it is not necessary to perform a rhinoplasty at the same time to correct the shape of the nose. 

However, in some cases, if the deviated septum and the external nose is deviated as well, then the combined Septorhinoplasty procedure would be medically necessary.

Septorhinoplasty can be functional or cosmetic, this will depend on the assessment by your surgeon at the time of consultation.

12 Dec 2018

Septoplasty alone to address a deviated nasal septum is not meant to change the shape and appearance of your nose, it is to improve the breathing and nasal obstruction.

A rhinoplasty can also be done at the same time (Septorhinoplasty) to change the shape of the nose.

Septorhinoplasty can be functional or cosmetic, this will depend on the assessment by your surgeon at the time of consultation.

12 Dec 2018

Septoplasty alone to address a deviated nasal septum is not meant to change the shape and appearance of your nose.

A rhinoplasty can also be done at the same time (Septorhinoplasty) to change the shape of the nose.

Septorhinoplasty can be functional or cosmetic, this will depend on the assessment by your surgeon at the time of consultation. 

12 Dec 2018

Septoplasty is necessary if you experience frequent nasal obstruction, that is not able to able to be controlled with medications.

It can also be part of the therapy for obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

If a deviated nasal septum is left untreated, the symptoms of nasal obstruction will persist.  If the problem is part of the spectrum of OSA, then long term complications of OSA such as high blood pressure, heart problems and increased risk of stroke may occur. 

12 Dec 2018

Top Questions


What are the main steps during a septoplasty, and how long does the whole procedure take?

How much does rhinoplasty cost? What affects the cost of a procedure?

I am worried about the recovery process after a septoplasty. For example, what do I need to be aware about regarding downtime, medications, pain and restrictions on activity? How long does it take for my nose to look “normal” in public after surgery? Thank you so very much for your expert opinion!

I suffered a broken nose in the past, and have told that I have the option of either a septoplasty or rhinoplasty. However, I am worried that my sense of smell will be affected.