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Dr. Hootan Daneshmand

Deviated Septum Rhinoplasty in Bakersfield, CA

Rhinoplasty Surgery: Correcting a Deviated Septum

The commonly occurring problem of a deviated septum can be treated with a special rhinoplasty that’s known as a septoplasty. This is a procedure specifically for individuals who have a difficult time breathing through their nose. 

Clients who have a deviated septum often complain that they feel as if they’re constantly stuffed up. If you have a bent or crook in your nose, you may be eligible for a septoplasty that’s paid for by your insurance provider. This surgical procedure is ideal for those who wish to clear breathing pathways but will also result in cosmetic improvement. 

After Dr. Daneshmand diagnoses the exact nature and extent of your deviated septum, he can develop an individualized surgical plan to address it. 

Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Hootan Daneshmand, provides nose reshaping surgery to patients in Bakersfield and Orange County, California. 

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What is a Deviated Septum?

The septum bifurcates the nasal cavity into two narrow airways that taper down from the upper part of the nose, where it connects, to the nostrils. Consisting of many sections of cartilage and bones, the septum’s lower portion lies on the anterior nasal spine. This is a supportive bone that can be felt in the region where the nose links to the upper lip. A deviated septum is the development or movement of the septum to one side of the nasal cavity instead of separating it into two identical airways.

Signs of a Deviated Septum

Signs of a deviated septum include:

  • chronic sinus issues
  • difficulty breathing
  • headaches
  • bloody noses
  • snoring or sleep apnea

Most of the time, a deviated septum is caused by either trauma or a congenital disorder. 

Deviated Septum Surgery

Many patients suffering from deviated septum related symptoms seek deviated septum surgery to help correct the issue and improve breathing. At The Plastic Surgery Institute, we perform septoplasties as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia. 

During this surgery, board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Hootan Daneshmand precisely trims and relocates the necessary parts of the septum. He then aligns these pieces to provide a proportionate breathing path between the patient’s nostrils. 

Is Deviated Septum Surgery Painful?

You won’t feel any pain during the septoplasty procedure itself, as you will be under anesthesia. 

Dr. Hootan will remodel the bony upper portions of the septum located on top of the nose or the cartilage located in the lower part. The septum can also move off the anterior spine. This is known as a caudal septal deviation. Certain individuals have a deviated septum since birth, while others develop it because of a nasal injury. Either way, a deviated septum can lead to breathing issues.

Most patients note that the pain experienced after the septoplasty was worth the better quality of life once the nose had healed completely!

Can You Fix a Deviated Septum Without Surgery?

A deviated septum can only be truly addressed with a rhinoplasty cosmetic surgery, known as a septoplasty. 

However, if the obstruction in your nasal cavity is worsened by allergies or infections, you may find that nasal steroids or allergy medications may help provide temporary relief. Neither of theses options are suitable for extended use. 

Is Deviated Septum Surgery Worth It?

Septoplasty, or devicated septum surgery, is a powerful way to improve breathing. If you are someone who has trouble breathing out of one side of your nose, you may find that a septal surgery benefits you greatly!

For some, the side of the nose where the septum deviates away can give more trouble, even though it’s the bigger side. This is due to the structures inside your nose, called turbinates. These structures heat and humidify the air that your breathe in. But, if you’re prone to allergies or live in an area where the air isn’t great, these turbinates will swell. When paired with a deviated septum, this causes major breathing issues that can also be addressed with a routine septoplasty combined with turbinate surgery.

A septoplasty cosmetic surgery procedure typically takes between 30-90 minutes. The actual time taken for the procedure varies according to the complexity of your deviated septum. Dr. Hootan will discuss with you whether he’ll use a local or general anesthesia.

What is Deviated Septum Surgery Recovery Like?

Septoplasty is an outpatient procedure, unless a serious complication occurs. Therefore, you can go home on the day of the procedure, itself. 

All casts, packing and any splints will be removed around a week after the deviated septum correction surgery. 

You’ll experience some pain and inflammation in the nose. It is normal to experience some swelling and bruising for 2-4 weeks. Patients who undergo septoplasty shouldn’t blow their nose for at least 2 weeks and should avoid sports or anything that would cause harm to the nose, as it will be delicate for a little while. 

Dr. Danshmand will recommend a saline irrigation regimen for healing after the surgery. 

How Much Does it Cost to Fix a Deviated Septum with Insurance in Orange County?

Septoplasties are common in the United States. This surgery is typically recommended by doctors once the less invasive treatments for nasal blockages are ruled out. 

A septoplasty is one of the more common plastic surgery procedures that is covered by insurance, since a deviated septum can cause serious problems if left untreated. These problems can include chronic sinusitis and sleep apnea.

According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the national average cost for a septoplasty is over $10,000. 

Certain variables exist that can affect the total cost of an individual’s surgery. One of the main variable is your insurance provider. 

Most insurance providers cover the cost of a septoplasty, especially when it’s done to correct a medical issue. Despite insurance costs, patients may incur costs, such as copay.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeon for Deviated Septum

If you’re experiencing breathing difficulties due to a deviated septum, it may be time to consider either isolated septoplasty or complete septorhinoplasty surgery. Minor downtime is required for this procedure, and most patients go home on the same day.

Board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Hootan Daneshmand is well-versed in the septoplasty component of rhinoplasty surgery. Having performed countless rhinoplasty surgeries, you can be assured you’re in the best hands in California when you come to our practice!