While most surgical options available at Dr. Kevin Sadati’s office are strictly cosmetic procedures designed to improve a patient’s appearance, there also are some medical options for plastic surgery available. One of the most common medical procedures performed at his Newport Beach practice is the septoplasty, which is a surgery that aims to correct a deviated septum. Orange County patients are often surprised to find out that this is, in fact, considered a medical procedure. It is given this classification because it fixes a structural issue with the nose while at the same time providing patients with relief from physical symptoms.
The deviated septum is commonly misunderstood throughout the public and even the medical community. Many patients wrongly assume that they will need a rhinoplasty to fix a deviated septum. While a nose job would fix the appearance, the patient would likely still suffer from annoying symptoms such as trouble breathing, a stuffy nose, nose bleeds and difficulty sleeping at night. The septoplasty addresses the functional issues, allowing a patient to live a better life. Some patients do require aesthetic work, and for these patients the septorhinoplasty procedure is available. This procedure combines the structural work of the septoplasty with the cosmetic work of the rhinoplasty, providing patients with the best of both worlds.
It is important to note that most patients who are born with a deviation in their septum will most likely only require a septoplasty surgery. However, if a patient has suffered an injury that resulted in a deviation, they will likely require a septorhinoplasty surgery. A primary rhinoplasty would not fix the injury, and the injured patient would find that their nose returned to its crooked shape within a few month’s time. Patients are asked to discuss their specific situations with Dr. Sadati at a consultation appointment.
After the consultation is complete, Dr. Sadati will develop a septoplasty plan for the patient. Some patients will have the deviated portion of their nose removed completely. Other patients will have the deviated portion taken out and reshaped by the surgeon. After the reshaping process is complete, the deviated portion is placed back into the nose. Patients should be aware that other cosmetic surgery procedures can be performed at the same time as the septoplasty. Other procedures patients might be interested include the turbinectomy or the endoscopic sinus surgery, both of which could provide enhanced relief after the operation is complete.