What is Septum Surgery?
While a deviated septum is often thought to be just a cover for a nose job in Hollywood, it is also a real medical problem. Ideally, the septum (the wall of cartilage separating the nostrils) should run down the center of the nose, but when it angles into one of the cavities, it reduces airflow by narrowing that cavity. Often the inferior turbinate on the opposite side enlarges, which is known as compensatory hypertrophy. Not only is a deviated septum extremely uncomfortable, but it can lead to nasal obstruction. Septoplasty is a corrective surgical procedure done to straighten the nasal septum for improved breathing and general nasal function. Some people are born with septum problems, but many times the septum needs to be fixed after an accident or injury that has caused a deviated septum. At Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eugene "Gene" Alford is skilled in functional nasal surgery like septoplasty to repair a deviated septum and improve breathing.
"Gene Alford is always honest and trustworthy, which is why I respect his opinion."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Jan 15, 2018
"Dr. Alford gave detailed information about what procedure is available to me and the expected results. He was very helpful and generous with his knowledge. Highly recommend."- R.M. / Google / Jul 20, 2018
"I could not be happier with the results of my procedure. Having never really been a fan of my neck, I decided it was time to do something. I honestly don’t know if I would have felt comfortable with anyone else other than Dr. Gene. Not only does he listen, encourage and fully explain all you can expect, he is outstanding in his profession. He gives you all the time you need to work your way through the process and his staff is exceptional. Wonderful! Results...superb!"- J. / Healthgrades / Jun 27, 2018
"Dr Alford and those that are a part of his team are absolutely wonderful!! He is simply amazing - he listens, is able to see the issue, come up with a resolution that addresses all issues and does so with the most positive, experienced and honest answers. I have had many procedures for sinus and have not experienced the positive results that doctor Alford was able to correct. Additionally, he corrected facial issues associated with prior surgery and age. The surgery simply had me looking refreshed rather than 'pulled'. They prepared me well prior to surgery. knowing all the steps and giving answers before I asked - Even had makeup for the bruising as a gift - what a nice surprise! They new exactly what I would need, how I would feel and heal, and were there for me every step of the way and each time I called. The most positve and supportive group that is so important in healing. I cannot recommend Dr Alford enough - he listens, is so very knowledgable and continues to teach, is patient and sensative to my needs, answering and resolving all issues in the most positive and supportive manner with perfect results!! I highly recommend Dr Alford!!"- B. / Google / May 14, 2018
"Had the pleasure of working with Dr Alford during my training. An excellent surgeon and human being!"- L.B. / Facebook / Apr 26, 2018
During a septoplasty, double board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Gene" will both remove and realign a portion of the bone and/or cartilage in the nasal cavity. With the patient under general anesthesia, and working through the nostrils, Dr. Gene will make an incision in the lining of the septum in order to reach the targeted area. After the septum is straightened, it may then be stabilized temporarily with small plastic tubes, splints, or stitches inside the nose. The entire procedure takes about 1 – 2 hours, not including recovery time.
Septum surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure, so you will be released to a responsible adult who will take you home for your recovery once you have been approved by Dr. Gene to leave. You should schedule a follow-up appointment 1 week after your surgery at Dr. Gene’s office so he can assess your condition and results. Most patients need about 1 – 2 weeks for recovery after septoplasty before resuming normal activities.
Like other nose surgeries, the results of a septoplasty will have lasting results, unless your nose is altered by an injury after your nasal surgery. You will begin to notice better airflow and a decrease in your symptoms once Dr. Gene removes the nasal splints or packing. Septum surgery may also alter the cosmetic appearance of the nose.
What does Septum Surgery Cost?
A septoplasty is usually performed to correct the medical problems and symptoms caused by a severely deviated septum, so the cost is generally covered by medical insurance. The office staff of Alford Facial Plastic Surgery will work with your insurance company to get your maximum benefits and determine an estimate of your out-of-pocket expenses.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 2 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Week
- Procedure Recovery Location
Septum Surgery FAQs
- Blocked nasal passage
- Chronic congestion
- Chronic dry nose
- Injury or accident to nose
- Nasal discharge
- Post-nasal drip
- Septal abnormality
- Severely deviated septum
- Sleep apnea
- Trouble breathing
While most people have some degree of septum deviation, septoplasty is best for patients who are experiencing medical problems (like trouble breathing or sleep apnea) to correct a severely deviated septum. Usually, patients with a deviated septum will have tried nonsurgical treatments, like medications of nasal sprays, with unsuccessful or incomplete results.
Incisions and Scars?
The incisions made for septum surgery are made inside the nose, so they will not be visible during your recovery or after your healing is complete. It is important to keep the stitches clean and properly treated during recovery to ensure smooth, flat scars that do not obstruct the nasal passage. Dr. Gene will go over scar care management and recovery tips before and after your surgery.
Septum surgery may be combined with another nose surgery, such as sinus surgery, rhinoplasty, or revision rhinoplasty. Septoplasty may also be combined with an elective cosmetic surgery, such as a facelift or eyelid lift to save money on certain fees and combine recovery times.