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.
What’s the difference between rhinoplasty and septoplasty?
As described above, a septoplasty is a surgery to properly align a deviated septum, which is the part of the nose that divides it into two nostrils. A rhinoplasty, in contrast, is a cosmetic procedure to improve the look, shape, and size of the nose. Both of these procedures can improve the appearance and function of your nose. They are separate surgeries, with their own techniques and outcomes, but they are very complementary to each other. Dr. Siegel often combines septoplasty and rhinoplasty for optimal results.
What are the reasons people get septum surgery?
There are a variety of reasons people undergo a septoplasty. A deviated septum is a medical condition that causes a host of uncomfortable symptoms and can interfere with your overall wellbeing. While some people are born with or develop a deviated septum, in other cases, this is the result of an injury. A deviated septum can cause congestion, snoring, sleep apnea, and headache. It can also lead to uneven nostrils, which many patients find to be an aesthetic and functional issue. In short, patients often undergo septoplasty when they want to breathe more easily, sleep better through the night, gain more confidence in their appearance, and generally feel better. Dr. Siegel can help you decide if you are a good candidate for a septum surgery at your initial consultation.
Will a septoplasty change my voice?
It is possible for a septoplasty to slightly change the sound of your voice. Correcting a deviated septum can allow air to pass more easily through your nose, giving your voice a less nasal, more resonant tone. In most cases, patients view this as a positive change and are happy with it. However, some patients may not experience any change in their voice following septoplasty. As with most aspects of this surgery, the way deviated septum correction affects your voice will depend on your unique situation.