Septoplasty

Your septum is a long piece of cartilage and bone that separates the right and left nasal passages. It also provides the nose with support from the bridge to the tip. Sometimes, the septum can become crooked, or “deviated,” from an injury, or just through otherwise normal growth and development. A deviated septum is one of the most common causes of nasal obstruction. This condition can cause a variety of medical problems, interfering with your breathing, making your nose bleed, causing discomfort, increasing your risk of sinus infections, and even leading to the development of sleep apnea (one common symptom of which is snoring). In addition, a deviated septum can give the nose an asymmetrical, lopsided, or otherwise cosmetically imperfect appearance.

Dr. Siegel can correct a deviated septum by performing a septoplasty. Since each person’s septum is unique, he will tailor the procedure to address your specific circumstances. With a deviated septum surgery from the man known as the “nose doctor” in Houston, you can feel confident that you will both breathe and look better.

TESTIMONIALS

One week after my rhinoplasty I walked into Dr. Siegel’s office to finally see the results. I’d waited for this moment for more than ten years- and I was nervous. I’d compulsively found every list online of botched nose jobs. I researched all the worst possible outcomes of recovery, but there I was just one week later; I wasn’t stuffed with gauze, there was no heavy bruising, and it certainly didn’t hurt. Just a simple splint and what felt like the longest week of my life waiting for that appointment.

- Jane D, Septoplasty

Dr. Siegel removed the splint easily and painlessly with a liquid solution and asked if I was ready to see my new nose. Seeing myself in the mirror for the first time after my surgery was unreal- it was a subtle, natural looking change, my nose finally fit my face. After waiting for nearly a decade, I finally felt like I had the nose that I should have been born with.

- Jane D, Septoplasty

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The Septoplasty Process

Consultation

The first step in your septoplasty journey is your initial consultation with Dr. Siegel. During this appointment, he will go over your medical and cosmetic considerations. Using this information, he will devise a customized deviated septum correction procedure to meet your unique needs and preferences. Dr. Siegel will then create a digital three-dimensional model of your nose before and after surgery, if your goals include external and or cosmetic changes. You can then provide your feedback to this image so that we can further refine your deviated septum repair process to suit your specifications. There is no set time for this visit – Dr. Siegel will answer all your questions, address all of your concerns, and discuss your surgical plan with you until you feel completely confident in proceeding with your septum surgery.

PREPARATION

Since your septoplasty will be individualized to your unique anatomy and concerns, Dr. Siegel and our team will give you precise guidelines to follow in order to get ready for your surgery. Some standard instructions – such as drinking plenty of water and avoiding medications that could interact with anesthesia – will apply to most if not all patients, but we will also offer specific recommendations attuned to your needs. Dr. Siegel’s guidelines will prepare you for the week preceding the surgery all the way through to the end of your recovery. Our assistance will help prime you for your nose procedure so that it goes as smoothly and safely as possible.

PROCEDURE

Dr. Siegel will perform your nose straightening surgery at an accredited Houston hospital. During this procedure, he will reshape your nasal anatomy so that your septum is straight. In addition to repairing your septal tissue, Dr. Siegel will adjust the surrounding bone, cartilage, nostril, and membrane as needed. Your septoplasty may also be combined with a cosmetic rhinoplasty if you’d like to enhance the appearance of your nose while repairing this condition. The time it takes to complete your septum surgery in Houston will depend on your distinctive circumstances (such as how severe your deviation is and what types of prior procedures you may have had), but it typically lasts between 45 minutes and an hour. Dr. Siegel will work on restoring your nose until he has corrected your deviated septum and provided your desired results.

RECOVERY

Given Dr. Siegel’s advanced expertise and long history as a septoplasty specialist in Houston, most of our patients find that they recover more quickly and easily then they had anticipated. Dr. Siegel emphasizes preserving rather than removing cartilage. He uses seamless, internal incisions to minimize inflammation, bruising, and scarring. Because he does not use nasal packing (placing gauze inside of the nose) after surgery, much of the typical pain and/or pressure associated with septoplasty is eliminated. This also allows more immediate results and the ability to return to work in three to five days, as there is no bruising.

Why Dr. Siegel

It is important to point out that not all septoplasty surgeries are performed in the same fashion. Some deviations may be more severe than others, such as those with nose fractures.  Additionally, there may be other anatomic abnormalities besides your septum contributing to your breathing difficulties, or snoring- requiring more than a “regular” septoplasty.

Dr. Siegel has also encountered cases in the past where a septoplasty was not performed to its fullest extent or other abnormalities were not factored in, resulting in only partially successful results.

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