Septoplasty is a kind of nose surgery that can perform under the general or local anesthesia. This surgery is specifically designed to correct the deviated septum or a septum that is leaning too far to one side or that may including cut and remove parts of the nasal septum depending on the severity of septal deviation. Deviated septum is a common condition that can block one side of the nose, causes difficulty breathing and reducing airflow.
Potential risks for septoplasty
Before deciding to have septoplasty you should be aware of the possible risks and complication with this procedure. There are some potential risks with septoplasty same as other surgeries such as bleeding, anesthesia risks, infection, a decreased sense of smell, change in shape of the nose, septal perforation, spinal fluid leak and numbness of facial structure. Sometimes your nasal symptoms may continue after the surgery, in this condition you should talk with your doctor as soon as possible.
Before the surgery, you should ask your surgeon all your question about your procedure in a consulting appointment. You also will be asked some questions about your general health or your history of any surgeries and also ask you to stop taking certain medications two weeks before the surgery. Some medications such as aspirin and ibuprofen and other blood thinners increase the risk of excessive bleeding during and after your procedure.
Your septoplasty procedure may take from 30 to 90 minutes depending on the complexity of your condition. Your surgeon fix and straighter your septum and may insert silicone splints inside each nostril to support your septum. This surgery is usually an outpatient procedure and you can go home after your surgery.
Septoplasty success rate
Usually, septoplasty is a safe and common procedure (although no surgery is 100% safe) and its success rate is more than 90% but the most important element for a successful surgery is the right diagnosis because sometimes the nasal obstruction may be due to allergies or other factors and is not related to a deviated septum. The healing time may last up to a year and the result of your surgery depending on the reasons that you have done septoplasty including: correcting structural problems, controlling headaches caused by pressure on the septum and unblocking the nasal airways.
Septoplasty vs. Rhinoplasty
Rhinoplasty also is known as a nose job is a cosmetic plastic surgery but septoplasty also called as derivative septum is a corrective surgical procedure. The main difference between tow procedure is the goal of having rhinoplasty or septoplasty. The goal of septoplasty is to straighten or remove a portion of a deviated septum, correct the airway problems and breathing problems. But the reasons for rhinoplasty is to improve the appearance, to reshape or resize the nose appearance, to make it less crooked or to improve the nasal tip.
It is very common that both procedures perform at the same time which technically called septorhinoplasty. So you can correct your nasal functional problem as well as your nasal appearance in one surgery.
Most insurance companies cover the septoplasty expense as long as it is medically necessary. Septoplasty cost same as rhinoplasty depending on different factors such as your location, your surgeon level of expertise, surgical facilities and complexity of your procedure. Although you can have this surgery in some other countries such as Iran with a reasonable and cost-effective expense as well as by the most experienced surgeons in the field of rhinoplasty. The septoplasty cost in Iran is $ 900 and the rhinoplasty cost in Iran is $1750. You can have a safe and successful surgery by expert and famous rhinoplasty surgeons in Iran.