There are a lot of reasons why people get rhinoplasty surgery. It can either be due to aesthetic or medical reasons. But one common cause that brings patients to clinics is a deviated septum.

What is a deviated septum? And how can it be remedied? These are just a few of the facts that you might want to learn before seeking the right solution for you.

The nasal septum is that wall that divides your nasal cavity in two halves. It is actually made up of a central supporting skeleton covered by a mucous membrane. The front area which is made up mostly of cartilage is also lined with blood vessels.

During a physical exam, the nasal septum is ideally positioned mid line dividing the nasal septum equally. However, it is estimated that 80% of the nasal septa have gone off center. This is a condition called a deviated septum.

There are two probable causes for this condition. It can either be already present at birth as a result of fetal development, or it could be due to a nasal injury. This said injury can either be made during childbirth, contact sports, automobile accidents or active play.

In most cases, a deviated septum is not noticed. The symptoms only become worse only when the septum have become badly crooked or deviated. And usually it is bad for the side that is opposite the bend.

It can also cause repeated sinus infections because it can interfere with the drainage of the sinuses. Due to the number of blood vessels in the area, frequent nosebleeds can also be experienced. Adding to that, nasal congestion can also affect one side of the nostril. This can lead to headaches, postnasal drip and facial pain. One symptom that is specific only to infants and young children are noisy breathing during sleep.

Many may be familiar with nose jobs which are done to correct a deviated septum, this is because surgery is the recommended treatment for this problem. This procedure is called a septoplasty. And this is the usual reason some celebrities throw out there when they simply want to get nasal aesthetic improvements. Hollywood actress, Ashley Tisdale had a deviated septum on the right side of her nose, causing difficulty on breathing. This condition leads the actress to get nose job in 2007.

Aside from repairing the functional capacity of the nose, a repair for septal deviation can also make the nose look better. This is because it is often combined with rhinoplasty which changes the external appearance of the nose. Inside the cartilage may have to be straightened or the surgeon could opt to remove the septum and replace it with a stint.

This procedure may require the patient to undergo general or local anesthesia, depending on how much alterations need to be done.

After the surgery the nasal cavity would have to be packed with splints in order to give the septum better support for the meantime. This can be removed after 2-3 days time. Healing is marked by bruising and some amount of pain which usually subside in a matter of three weeks. But the patient can already return to work after a 3-day rest.

If you have a hard time breathing during your sleep or suffering from frequent sinusitis, a deviated symptom could be the main culprit for all of this.

Seek Professional Advice

While it is great to have better knowledge and understanding about rhinoplasty procedure, no amount of research is substantial than getting a professional advice from your doctor. A consultation with your doctor will allow for a proper assessment of your condition. This is also a great opportunity for you to raise some concerns, hesitations and your expectations in getting a cosmetic surgery. Plus, your doctor will be able to explain to you how best you can achieve the eyelid surgery results that you are longing for.

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