The septum is the thin wall of cartilage in your nose that separates your nostrils. This thin bit of tissue can form improperly in childhood and is called a deviation. Deviation can also occur from trauma, such as breaking the nose, in adulthood if the break is not properly set.
If your septum has deviated, the malformation can cause issues with breathing through the nose, blowing the nose and, in some cases, can result in a loud, unrelenting snore that can disturb you or your partner.
A rhinoplasty can correct the septum and alleviate these issues. If you’re considering surgical correction of your deviated septum, here are some aspects to consider.
Your Attitude Concerning Aesthetics
The surgeon can try not to disturb the outward appearance of your nose if you don’t want a cosmetic change, but this may not always be possible. This is especially true if the deviation is quite severe and the repair work is extensive.
Of course, no surgeon would intentionally go against your wishes. You do, however, need to be prepared for the possibility of a cosmetic change to your nose.
Your Schedule and Lifestyle
Rhinoplasty is a surgery with a quick recovery, provided you rest properly and follow the surgeon’s post-operative instructions. Improper healing will impact your final results.
If you partake in sports or hobbies that are physically taxing, such as horseback riding, diving or long-distance hiking, schedule your surgery during the off season so you won’t be tempted to rush your recovery.
The Risk Versus the Rewards
If you’re suffering from snoring, repeated sinus infections, pain or a misshapen nose, you need to consider surgery sooner rather than later.
Even for patients that are very anxious about surgery, living with a correctable medical issue out of fear is doing yourself a disservice. The risks of rhinoplasty in healthy adults are quite low, and the results can be amazing.
If you’re hedging about surgery due to anxiety, speak to a surgeon about your case. They will be able to set your mind at ease.
Schedule Your Consultation
Deciding to have your deviated septum repaired is a very personal decision. By considering all of these factors, you can make the right choice for your individual situation.
If you’d like to discuss the possibility of a rhinoplasty in your future, contact the office of Dr. Steven Warnock today to schedule a confidential exam and consultation.