A deviated septum is a medical condition in which the nasal septum is crooked. This occurrence can cause a person to have difficulty breathing, making them constantly feel as if they have a stuffy nose. In addition, a deviated septum can result in sleep apnea, which makes it difficult for the afflicted person to sleep at night. Between disrupted sleep and a permanently stuffy nose, a deviated septum can prove to be quite inconvenient. Patients in Newport Beach and Orange County who are suffering from a deviated septum should set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Kevin Sadati, who can help them determine if they need a septoplasty or a nose job.
A septoplasty is not a cosmetic surgery procedure, but it is most often performed by board certified plastic surgeons. This procedure is a medical surgery that is designed to fix the actual structure of the nose. By addressing structural issues, this surgery aims to allow a person to breathe better and enjoy improved sleep. As this is a medical procedure, many insurance companies will cover it as long as the patient is experiencing negative side effects, such as headaches, difficulty breathing, excessive snoring, facial pain and nosebleeds.
Some patients who have a deviated septum do not appear to have a crooked nose, it is simply the inner most structure that is causing an obstruction. On the other hand, some patients do have a bump on their nose where the deviation occurs, and others have a crooked nasal bridge. If a person has a crooked nose, it is important that they explore their cosmetic surgery options. The septoplasty procedure will not address this issue or fix the crooked nose.
A rhinoplasty procedure is a cosmetic surgery that is commonly known as a nose job. This purpose of this surgery is to improve the appearance of the nose. Many patients who have a deviated septum want, not only, to fix the structure of their nose, but they also want to eliminate the bump, hump or crooked bridge that has resulted from the septum’s structural deformity. Most often, people who have a deviated septum as a result of an injury will experience a crooked nose. A rhinoplasty, or a septorhinoplasty procedure, is required in order to fix this aesthetic issue. As this is a cosmetic improvement, many insurance plans will not cover the cost of the rhinoplasty. It’s important to talk with your insurance provider and see what the financial impact will be for you.
Patients need to understand the differences between these two procedures before they head to their consultation appointment with Dr. Sadati. Many people wrongly assume that the rhinoplasty will correct their medical condition, and they might think that the septoplasty will address their cosmetic deformities. Some patients require one or the other procedure while others require a combination surgery which addresses the medical issues and the cosmetic issues with the nose. For more information and to have an evaluation done, set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Sadati today.