Beverly Hills nose surgery - Surgery to Repair a Deviated Septum
Posted Jun 17 2010 3:23am
When most people think of a Beverly Hills rhinoplasty, they consider it to be a purely cosmetic procedure. However, there are many other reasons to get rhinoplasty surgery. One such reason is a deviated septum. This happens when the thin wall (called the nasal septum) insider your nose is dislocated to one side. Actually, 80% of people have a dislocated nasal septum, although only some experience problems because of this. A serious deviated septum will block the smaller passage of the nose and can result in problems with breathing. In addition, a deviated septum can cause nasal congestion, nosebleeds, and frequent sinus infections. A deviated septum can be the effect of an injury, or can be present from birth. Physicians will sometimes prescribe antihistamines, decongestants, or nasal cortisone sprays to treat a deviated septum. However, these medications will not correct the problem, only treat the symptoms. Beverly Hills nose surgery is required to permanently correct the problem. The septoplasty procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis with IV sedation or general anesthesia. The procedure takes about 30 minutes. During the procedure, the Beverly Hills rhinoplasty surgeon will create a small incision inside the nose and the cartilage and bone is inspected. Bony spurs are trimmed or removed if present. The cartilage is broken up by the surgeon and straightened back to the original position. In addition, bone is manipulated to the center to achieve reasonable straightening. While packing of the nose after the surgery is not required, sometimes small splints are placed internally to support the septum. Oftentimes, a septoplasty is combined with other procedures such as Beverly Hills rhinoplasty surgery. After the surgery, individuals can go home the same day. They will feel mild discomfort for 24 to 36 hours afterward. The patient is usually prescribed oral pain medications and these are generally very effective. Ice packs are recommended to alleviate mild discomfort as well as swelling. In general, individuals are able to resume most normal activities after three to four days and can go back to work after five to seven days. If there are other procedures involved, such as rhinoplasty, this can take a bit longer. Nasal irrigations and nasal supplemental steroid sprays are given to be used continuously until the healing process is complete. There is always a risk of infection after the surgery, so make sure to keep the area clean. In addition, some nasal drainage with a small amount of bleeding for the first few days after surgery is to be expected. You may experience numbness of the nose cheeks, and upper lip. Numbness in the tip of the nose can take up to several months to return to normal in some people. It is recommended that a patient call the doctor if he or she is experiencing fever, excessive bleeding, or difficulty breathing.