What is a deviated nasal septum?
A normal nasal septum is centered between the nostrils, leaving an equal space on either side of the nose thereby allowing sufficient air to pass through both nostrils.
In many people the septum is bent and bulges into one or both nostrils causing difficulty in the passage of air during breathing.
A deviated nasal septum produces respiratory problems and changes in the sleep patterns, including pathological snoring and sleep apnea. Likewise, it is the main cause of sinusitis or inflammation of the sinuses.
As well as all the above, deviation of the septum, if untreated, may cause deviation of the external nose, bent or deviated nose. In fact, it is the main cause of an unaesthetic bent nose.
A deviated or bent nasal septum may cause all these problems and is treated with an operation called SEPTOPLASTY.
What is septoplasty?
Septoplasty is a type of surgery in which the cartilage and bone which make up the septum are remodeled, repositioned and realigned to ensure the correct functioning of both nostrils, relieving and solving all the symptoms and illnesses associated with a deviated septum. The majority of the septoplasties we carry out are done with internal incisions, thus eliminating the possibility of scars or facial damage.
Septoplasty or Rhinoplasty: what is the difference?
While septoplasty may change the shape of the nose only slightly, given that the aim is to improve the respiratory function rather than for esthetic reasons, rhinoplasty (esthetic nasal surgery) concentrates on the more visible superficial parts of the nose: the bridge or hump of the nose, long noses, or noses with a wide or fallen tip, etc.
However, in the majority of modern rhinoplasty surgical procedures, the techniques of septoplasty and rhinoplasty are combined in order to obtain functional and esthetic results at the same time. This surgery is called: septorhinoplasty or rhinoseptoplasty.
In our team we have facial and nasal surgeons, such as Dr. Ismael Garcia Roig, trained to carry out septoplasty and rhinoplasty procedures and with the necessary experience to be able to offer our patients excellent results.
How do I know if I have a deviated septum?
Many people with a deviated septum are not aware of their problem until they are thinking of having esthetic rhinoplasty and are advised of their condition by the surgeon during the diagnosis.
In other cases there are patients in which a deviated septum causes them virtually no problems or disorders, whilst there are still others in which a deviated septum produces respiratory or other health problems and who can be greatly helped by septoplasty surgery.
If you have difficulty in breathing through your nose and you suspect que you might have a deviated nasal septum, have problems of excessive snoring or changes in the quality of your sleep, you can ask for an appointment to be examined and diagnosed by our specialist, Dr. Ismael Garcia Roig.
Deviated septum. Before and after Rhinoplasty
We have drawn a blue line from the center of the lip to the center of the forehead so that you have the same reference of the position of the nose in the two photos.