A deviated septum in your nose can cause obstruction and breathing difficulties. If you have a deviated septum, experienced facial plastic surgeon Frederick Ezon, MD, specializes in performing procedures like septoplasty to correct a deviated septum. To schedule an appointment for a deviated septum, call the Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery office in Ocean Township, New Jersey, or book online today.
The nasal septum in your nose is an area of bone and cartilage. It divides the nose into two halves, but in some people, the septum isn’t straight. They may be born with a deviated septum, or it could be due to facial trauma in later life, like a broken nose.
The deviation in the septum may only be slight and cause no issues. However, if your deviated septum is affecting your breathing, you should visit Dr. Ezon at Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery for an assessment.
The primary symptom you’re likely to experience with a deviated septum is struggling to breathe. Other symptoms may include:
In some people, a deviated septum is a factor in developing obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition occurs when your air passage gets blocked while you’re asleep. Because you aren’t breathing, your brain wakes you briefly to shift the blockage. These instances are brief but happen frequently every night.
OSA can cause excessive sleepiness in the daytime, which could be dangerous if you drive or operate machinery. OSA also increases your risk of chronic health problems like Type 2 diabetes and high blood pressure.
If your deviated septum is causing mild to moderate symptoms, medications may be able to relieve them effectively. If not, Dr. Ezon can perform septoplasty surgery.
During septoplasty, Dr. Ezon exposes the deviated septum from inside of the nose. You’ll be anesthetized, so you won’t feel any pain. He reshapes the septum’s bone and cartilage and removes any excess to straighten the deviation.
Septoplasty usually takes 60 to 90 minutes and Dr. Ezon can often do it as an outpatient procedure. If you have chronic sinus problems, he can combine septoplasty with sinus surgery to open up your breathing properly.
Some people use this as an opportunity to improve the appearance of their nose at the same time. If you’re interested in this, Dr. Ezon can perform septorhinoplasty surgery, which combines septoplasty with rhinoplasty (cosmetic nose surgery).
To schedule an appointment for a deviated septum, call the Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery office in Ocean Township, New Jersey, or book online today.